Hi guys, I’m a new blogger and this is my first post.
I would like to talk about Italian stereotypes because it’s something that I have lived through first hand.
Last summer I went to school in England for a couple of months and I’ve realized how English people imagine us to be.
The first person I met was an Egyptian girl who had just moved from Egypt. Seeing as she had already been through my situation she was very kind and understanding, so she asked me the usual things that you ask someone when you first meet like “What are your friends in Italy like?” or “What music do you like?”.
At break time she introduced me to her group of friends and as soon as I was presented as an Italian girl, a girl that I didn’t even know came up to me and asked “Are you Italian? Do you like pizza?” and this was just the start of a barrage of awkward questions.
During lesson time my class mates kept on asking me things like “Are you Catholic?” “Have you ever seen the Pope?” “Is your father a footballer?” and they genuinely believed that these things might be true. They even started chanting the phrase from the Super Mario video game “Mamma mia, mamma mia, pizza pie” thinking that this might make me feel at home. How wrong they were!
I thought they would be more open-minded, so before starting this new experience I had never thought about being a stereotype. That was the least of my problems!
In the end I started getting used to the situation, but something that I really couldn’t bear was seeing Italian food treated so badly.
At the school canteen they normally served pasta or pizza, which sounds ok. But what they actually presented was a soft, mushy glue in a soup-cup served with a huge mound of cheddar cheese on top and pizza was more a wedge of pizza dough used as a support for the most absurd fillings like egg, pineapple, mayonnaise or baked beans. It just tasted as disgusting as it sounds!
However, something that I could never have imagined, not even in my wildest dreams, was a bread roll filled with butter AND Nutella. I felt bad for the boy who was eating it, it was so disturbing.
Now, you might think that things couldn’t get any worse. You are wrong!
What have the British come up with now?
The DOLMIO family. The ultimate of all Italian stereotypes.
Dolmio is a brand name of a range of pasta sauces and even if it’s not produced in Italy they pass it off as a genuine Italian product. The TV adverts are bewildering.
To give you an idea of what I mean just take a look at this medley of patronizing adverts that will make your self-esteem plummet to an all time low…
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and remember, keep an open mind!
See you next week! 🙂