Veel Zomergasten kiezen een fragment van de Sopranos. Terecht. om onduidelijke redenen is het onderstaande fragment nog nooit gekozen. Een briljante tekst over culturele achtergrond en de waarde die daar wel of niet aan gehecht moet worden.
Tony Soprano en zijn "handlangers" Silvio, Paulie en Christopher rijden 's nachts terug van een "Indianen-casino". Tony heeft via de eigenaar geprobeerd om een protestactie van Indianen op Columbusday te voorkomen. Dat is niet gelukt. Hij moet nu wel een tegenprestatie leveren. Silvio is verbolgen dat de Indianen de Italiaanse feestdag verpest hebben.
Sil: "I should've been there. I would've been fuckin' there. I forgot this was a monday. Maybe we oughta just whack this prick."
Tony: "Who the fuck are you kiddin' ? All you thought about was blackjack."
Tony: "You think this day in the country was free, don't you ? Well, it wasn't. Fuckin' chief Smith wants Frankie Valli to come up there and play a week. That's what this whole fuckin' junket was about."
Tony: "Yeah, that's right. That's why he buttonholed me, goddammit ! There's bad blood with Frankie's manager, so the chief wants me to call him directly. As payback. Well, you're gonna make the fuckin' call."
Sil: " Well, I ain't seen Frankie for years--
Tony: "Tough shit ! You're makin' the fuckin' call! You and this fuckin' parade, already!
Sil: "I don't know what you're so hot about. They discriminate against all Italians as a group, when they disallow Columbus."
Tony: "Oh, will you fuckin' stop? Group, group. What the fuck happened to Gary Cooper, that's what I'd like to know."
Christopher: "He died."
Sil: "Oh, you mean 'cause he fought the Sioux in all those westerns."
Tony: "No, fuck that. Gary Cooper. Now there was an American. The strong, silent type. He did what he had to do. He faced down the Miller gang when none of those other assholes in town would lift a finger to help him. And did he complain? Did he say, oh, I come from this poor Texas-Irish illiterate fuckin' background or whatever the fuck so leave me the fuck out of it because my people got fucked over!?"
Sill: "T., Not for nothin', but you're gettin' a little confused here. "A", that was the movies."
Tony: "Oh, what the fuck difference does that make? Columbus was so long ago he might as well have been a fuckin' movie."
Sil: "The point is, Gary Cooper, the real Gary Cooper or anybody named Cooper never suffered like the Italians."
Tony: "Nowadays he'd be a member of some victims' group. The fundamentalist christians, the abused cowboys, the gays, whatever the fuck!"
Christopher: "He was gay, Gary Cooper?
Tony: "No! Are you listenin' to me?"
Sil: "Hey, people suffered."
Tony: "Did you?"
Sil: "My grandparents got spit on because they were from Calabria."
Tony: "Let me ask you a question. All the good things you got in your life, did they come to you 'cause you're Calabrese ? I'll tell you the answer. The answer is no. You got a smart kid at college. You got a wife who's a piece of ass. At least she was when you married her. You own one of the most profitable topless bars in North Jersey. Now, did you get all this shit 'cause you're Italian ? No, you got it 'cause you're you, 'cause you're smart. 'Cause you're whatever the fuck. Where the fuck is our self-esteem? That shit doesn't come from Columbus or "the godfather" or chef-fuckin' boy-r-dee.
Sil: "We gotta tiptoe around the Indians though, don't we ? We can't call our teams the Braves or the Tomahawks or the--
Tony: "Oh, you take it up with Frankie Valli when you talk to him."