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Old 09-24-2018, 06:11 AM
 
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Yes...as an Italian-American I find this topic offensive! Place another group as a target of this ridiculous assertion, and you'd find the ACLU on your doorstep. I guess I'll have to settle for a dead fish instead
I find it kinda offensive and I'm not Italian.

My dad grew up in a mostly Italian neighborhood in W. Philly in the 1920s. My grandmother's best friend was her next door neighbor. They stayed friends for decades. I never heard anything about people not getting along. Well, my grandfather did have Italian customers at his tailor shop so who knows if that was a factor wrt what they thought of my family.

Much later my initial mentor wrt my computer career was an Italian-American who grew up in S. Philly. Frankly I'm not sure I would have stayed in IT if it was not for this guy.
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Old 09-24-2018, 07:33 AM
 
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2nd Gen "Italian" American here and I don't really find it offensive (people are so sensitive!). I can see some things that are a bit annoying in South Philly. Not sure it's really just a Philly thing though. Italian Americans can be brash and flashy and kind of superficial at times.

Regardless, the OP may be trolling, because it wouldn't be something I would notice immediately. It certainly wouldn't be something I"d create a thread about and then never come back to add to the conversation or qualify the rant...
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Old 09-25-2018, 09:22 PM
 
Location: North by Northwest
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I’m offended by the people in this thread who don’t know what pretentious means.
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Old 09-26-2018, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Chadds Ford
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I’m offended by the people in this thread who don’t know what pretentious means.
You know those stereotypical Philly Italians, drinking their 1978 Belle Epoque while discussing their holidays along the Amalfi Coast and which Ivy League school they would prefer their kids to enroll.
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Old 09-27-2018, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Kennett Square, PA
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[quote=AJNEOA;53172474]2nd Gen "Italian" American here and I don't really find it offensive (people are so sensitive!).

Not at all sensitive for the most part, AJNEOA. But the OP's assertion is utterly ridiculous. One simply can not use such a broad brush regarding nationality. It's just plain stupid. Now perhaps some of those in certain towns can be pretentious: possibly some of the nouveau riche in Garnet Valley for example. However, that is not limited to Italians.

Heck, I had some incredibly wealthy relatives (large business owners, specialty medical people, etc.,), and while they did live in large homes, they were extremely welcoming, salt-of-the-earth types. My own beloved Father did exceptionally well for himself as a man with no formal education. But he was a very modest, softly-spoken man for whom the practice of "bragging" or ostentation would have been an anathema.
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Old 09-27-2018, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia Pa
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I’m offended by the people in this thread who don’t know what pretentious means.
Ha! Right?
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Old 09-28-2018, 01:26 PM
 
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I agree. I have no time for the abrasive, rocky balboa, pauly attitude.
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