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Subway bottoms out

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It's rare that a middle-aged, middle-class white guy like me feels I've been stereotyped, but this Subway commercial is offensive. I am half-Italian, and half of that is Sicilian. I self-identify as Sicilian. But I don't self-identify as someone who dresses and acts like this doofus.

Oh, and the fact that I rarely feel stereotyped? That's white privilege at work. I go through life not worrying about how often my dignity is going to be assaulted because other people will look at me and immediately draw negative conclusions.

Like, for instance, being thought of as a threat because I'm walking through my neighborhood wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

Update: I just emailed a complaint to the customer service department at Subway. When and if they respond, I'll post their response in its entirety.


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Jul. 19th, 2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
The hoody was not threatening...it was the Skittles-Holiday
Jul. 20th, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
Ah, now it makes sense.
Jul. 20th, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC)
The Italian man stereotype used in America is about as accurate as the American female stereotype used in Italy. They always asked me why I wasn't blonde and didn't wear miniskirts and heels every day. I talk with my hands far, far more than any Italian I've ever met, in either country, and there's not a drop of Italian blood in me.
Jul. 20th, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC)
I couldn't talk if you tied my hands behind my back.
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