Michael Imperioli Bans ‘Bigots, Homophobes’ From Watching The Sopranos, White Lotus


Michael Imperioli, renowned for his roles in The Sopranos and Goodfellas, recently took to Instagram with a stern message directed towards "homophobes and bigots." His statement followed a Supreme Court ruling that upheld the rights of businesses to deny service to LGBTQ+ customers.

In a sarcastic Instagram post, Imperioli criticized the Supreme Court ruling and facetiously claimed that it now empowered him to discriminate against individuals who hold opposing views. He went on to announce a ban on anyone opposed to LGBTQ+ communities from accessing any content in which he appears, such as The Sopranos, The White Lotus, Goodfellas, or any other movie or TV show featuring him. "I have made the decision to prohibit bigots and homophobes from watching any productions I've been a part of," Imperioli stated. He further thanked the Supreme Court for granting him the perceived right to discriminate and exclude those with whom he disagrees.

The Instagram post, garnering over 37,000 likes, features an image of a woman who runs a web design company that refused to create websites for same-sex couples, accompanied by Imperioli's caption. This woman's case was eventually brought before the Supreme Court, which ruled in her favor, establishing a precedent that enables businesses to discriminate against specific groups they may disagree with and deny them services based on personal prejudices.

While many of Imperioli's posts revolve around promoting upcoming projects or sharing nostalgic photos, the star of The Many Saints of Newark has consistently voiced his support for the LGBTQ+ community and other social justice causes. During the month of June, he posted in solidarity with pride movements, and he frequently discusses injustices faced by Jewish and Asian minorities. Imperioli has also spoken out against the Russia-Ukraine war and the banning or censoring of books and other content considered "controversial," much of which is created by marginalized communities.

Although Imperioli does not possess any legal authority to censor content in which he appears, his post serves as a symbolic critique of the Supreme Court and its divisive ruling. It is not the first instance where the actor has criticized the judicial branch on his social media platforms, as he has publicly expressed his dismay over the reversal of Roe v. Wade, a decision that curtailed federal protection of women's abortion rights across the United States.

Aside from his notable acting career, Michael Imperioli hosts a Sopranos-themed podcast titled Talking Sopranos, which can be streamed on Hulu. Furthermore, he showcases his musical talents as a guitarist for the indie-rock band Zopa, which performs live shows nationwide, including an upcoming concert in New York City on July 15.

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