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No more 'Cues to Die For'

They cried uncle after they had virtual good bat to the knees. In Autumn’s diary on Tuesday, The Customer Base Likely Isn’t LGBT People,” she pointed out that the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) condemned the Rockwell Billiards’ branding and marketing of a pool stick with actor Joseph R. Gannascoli, based on the gay character in The Sopranos, Vito Spatafore, who was beaten, killed and then sodomized with the pool stick.

GLAAD announced today that Rockwell Billiards will no longer sell its “A Cue to Die For.”

By Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson for Rockwell Billiards confirmed to GLAAD that the product is no longer available for purchase and had been removed from the company’s website. The spokesperson was unaware if an apology would be released. 

While Gannascoli has not issued an official statement, the actor was described as “apologetic” by The Miami Herald on Tuesday when he told a reporter, “I had no idea [the pool cue] would create this sort of uproar…I’m a great supporter of the gay community.”

“While the violence against the character of Vito on The Sopranos was fictional, many members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community have fallen victim to brutal anti-gay attacks,” said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. “Rockwell Billiards has done the right thing by no longer selling a product which many deemed offensive and insensitive.”

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