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Italian American groups publicly condemned the show
All over the country, Italian American coalitions and associations were speaking out against the show when it premiered. The American Italian Defense Association even sued Time Warner, who produced the show, for portraying Italian Americans as criminals! Other groups, like the National Italian American Association and Order Sons of Italy in America, ridiculed the show for portraying negative Italian American stereotypes. Chase, for his part, asserted he was only portraying a specific subculture of Italian Americans and not making a statement about them as a whole.