Billiard Company Pulls 'Gay Vito' Cue
August 16, 2007 3:03 PM
Rockwell Billiards pulled its controversial “Cue to Die For” from its Web site Thursday after HBO sent the company a cease-and-desist letter.
The network accused the billiard company of copyright infringement following a protest by The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Earlier this week, GLAAD condemned the product, which is endorsed by former “Sopranos” cast member Joseph Gannascoli.
Gannascoli’s character “Gay Vito” Spatafore was killed and sodomized with a pool cue in the show’s sixth season. Gannascoli has apologized for the uproar, noting he has other “to Die For”-branded products, and called his endorsement of the pool cue “a coincidence.”