‘Mob Wives’ is an insult to Italian-Americans and the residents of Staten Island, where the show is filmed, a local leader says! Do you agree?
VH1’s new hit reality series Mob Wives — which focuses on the lives of Cosa Nostra-related women Renee Graziano, Karen Gravano, Drita D’avanzo and Carla Facciolo — is riling up the Italian-American community of Staten Island. “I’ve seen it — It’s disgraceful,” Staten Island’s borough president, James Molinaro, tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively. “It paints Staten Island and Italian-Americans in a bad light.”
“It’s detrimental because people will think this is what Staten Island is made of,” he says. “I’m Italian — and this is bad for our doctors, our lawyers, the people who came from Italy to build their lives.”
James can’t believe that so many people actually tune in to watch the show. “It’s beyond me that people would watch this garbage,” he says. “There’s no story or function. It’s just a bunch of people standing around cursing. It’s like watching a bunch of juveniles standing on a corner cursing. I could go to any rap song and get the same thing.”
So what about the cast of Jersey Shore — do Snooki and DJ Pauly D misrepresent the Italian community? “At least Jersey Shore is taking place in Jersey,” says James. “This is taking place in Staten Island. The whole idea of it I find offensive. Not only as an Italian, but as a Staten Islander, I’m offended.”
“How can you be proud of this?” he asks. “If it was in the movies, I wouldn’t pay 25 cents to see it.”
“It’s definitely not a true reflection of Italians or the true people that live on Staten Island that go to work each day and live here,” he adds.
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