The Italian government wants to honor Robert de Niro and confer an honorary citizenship on him, but Italian Americans say no:

The Order of the Sons of Italy in America (Osia), which is based in Washington and has 600,000 members and donors, and describes itself as the oldest and largest association of its kind, is indignant that the actor has “made a career of playing gangsters of Italian descent”. The Order of the Sons of Italy in America (Osia), which is based in Washington and has 600,000 members and donors, and describes itself as the oldest and largest association of its kind, is indignant that the actor has “made a career of playing gangsters of Italian descent”.

Infact, Osia doesn’t like Dreamworks’ colorful fish story, Shark Tale, either. Though Dreamworks spokesperson has said that “at no point does any fish say its Italian.” Meanwhile the people in the village where de Niro’s great grandparents are from, are thrilled, according to them all the gangsters come from Sicily or Calabria, so its not a problem for them that de Niro became famous for his roles as a gangster.