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Is Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Don Jon’ bad for the Jews?

by Jana Banin, JTA

October 1, 2013 | 10:28 am

Director Joseph Gordon-Levitt arrives for the screening of his film "Don Jon" at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Sept. 10. Photo by Mark Blinch/Reuters

Director Joseph Gordon-Levitt arrives for the screening of his film "Don Jon" at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Sept. 10. Photo by Mark Blinch/Reuters

Apparently lots and lots of sex isn’t the most potentially offensive thing about Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s latest film “Don Jon.”

The Italian American One Voice Coalition has accused the Jewish actor/director of promoting “racist stereotypes” in the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Here we go again with the same shop-worn, racist stereotypes of Italian Americans in movies,” said organization founder Emanuele “Manny” Alfano. “It never ends. Levitt, himself the son of proud parents who once founded the Jewish Progressive Alliance and fought for social justice causes, should be ashamed of himself for the negative portrayal of Italians and Jews in his movie.”

In “Don Jon,” Gordon-Levitt plays Jon Martello, a “Jersey Shore”-esque porn addict who falls for a Jewish (and also very Jersey-fied) chick named Barbara Sugarman, played by real-life Jew Scarlett Johansson.

As no specific scenes were cited and we haven’t seen the film ourselves, at this time we here at 6NoBacon will abstain from weighing in. But we’re guessing it probably can’t be much worse stereotype-wise than “Jewtopia,” right?

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