Staten Island Women Upset By Stereotypes Portrayed In Reality Show ‘Mob Wives’

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The trash-talking and luxury flaunting women of VH1’s “Mob Wives” are making a lot Staten Island residents cringe.

A number of women who talked to 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon admitted that though they tuned in to the show’s premiere out of curiosity, they were turned off by the cursing, fighting and stereotyping.

1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon gets reaction on the show from Staten Island women

“It makes us look like idiots,” said Laura, who watched for a few minutes before turning it off.

Life-long Staten Islander Jodi agreed with those sentiments, going as far as to say the show made “Jersey Shore look like Disney World.” She told Rincon that “Mob Wives” portrayed the borough’s “lovely, hard-working women” in a negative light.

The characters’ actions weren’t exactly resonating with Lisa either. She said the show’s profanity was “disgusting.”

“I think it makes us look a little bit illiterate,” Lisa said.

The reality show features Renee Graziano, Karen Gravano, Drita D’avanzo and Carla Facciolo. According to VH1’s website, “Mob Wives” is “a docu-soap series that follows the lives of four women at a crossroads, having to pick up the pieces and carry on while their husbands or fathers do time for Mob-related activities.”

After hearing about the show from friends — who have been talking about it — Debbie said she simply was not interested.

“I didn’t watch it because I didn’t like the Jersey Shore that they represented Italian people so badly. And I wouldn’t want Staten Island to have a bad representation either,” Debbie said.

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One Comment

  1. Debbie from Staten Island says:

    Loved it! Awesome show! Best show on tv. Anyone who is trash talking the show is just jealous, they wish they were on the show. Vh1 when’s season 2?
    Renee love you! you remind me of myself. I could watch the show over and over again.

  2. brooklyn4ever says:

    They look and act just like every other woman on Staten Island. They are just showing the rest of the world what it means to be an Italian woman who happens to live on Staten Island or who got there by crossing the bridge. If it looks like a guidette, walks like a guidette and talks like a guidette, guess what folks, “It’s a Guidette”.

  3. chazbo says:

    Want to see the Jersey Shore girls in twenty years??
    Just tune in to the Mob Wives!!

  4. Glad I don't have cable says:

    The liposuctioned, boob-jobbed one has a cute face, but the others are she-beasts.

  5. Dr. Roxo says:

    I live in staten island and this show is very representative if the people who call Staten Island home.

  6. Wealthy Barber says:

    SI women are EXACTLY like this. Haven’t seen the show, but it’s about all flash, no cash.

    Try to service them as a business owner and you’ll find out – boasting LOUDLY about their husband’s third Hummer and getting their nails done in Manhattan day spas – while quietly avoiding the repo men and telling everyone they “refied” their mortgage but actuality just avoiding foreclosure.

    Thank god Im outta here. They all deserve one another.

  7. liz says:


  8. Auburn Dale says:

    These women are LYING through their teeth.

    If they really were upset, they would simply SUE to recover their monetary losses. Until that happens, they’re just looking for publicity by PRETENDING to be upset.

  9. trevor says:

    i love it sammy the bull daughter is hot.

    1. DeFilippo says:

      she sure is and a bad ass too

  10. trevor says:

    i love it sammy the bull daughter is hot.

    1. rovert says:

      If by hot you mean unattractive, I agree.

  11. smile says:

    It just represented 4 women out of 100’s who have father’s or husband’s in O.C.. Meany which have used their father’s ” illgained” money to educate and better their lives. Believe it or not CLASS isent lost to alot of these women. Meany support the art’s and local hospital’s. Most would never shame their “name” or selves by having poor language in public. Though, It makes better t.v. to watch wemon cuss and fight than to behave themselves like a Lady.

  12. Alex says:

    I’ve always been curious about the effect that the ‘mob’ lifestyle has on the women in those men’s lives, partly b/c to some I’m considered the wife of a gangsta (not a mobster, I said gangsta). Usually we hear about the men and their associates rather than their families. I’m glad there’s a show that gives people a sort of inside look and reverse point of view on the “mafia life.” I’m defnitely into it!

  13. DebbieJ says:

    I absolutely love it !!!!!! Bring in Victoria Gotti……. now thats one lady with alot of class

  14. Vicky Gliese says:

    omg loved it can’t wait for the next show it had me lmao

  15. Kim smith says:

    I love this show. Makes me want to leave California & move to NY

  16. PRJ says:

    I agree with Danni J

  17. Rod in says:

    But its all true. That’s why they cringe.

  18. Danni J says:

    Loved the show! I thought the ladies were intense, but i didn’t and dont judge Staten Island OR Italians as a whole based on these 4 women, or Jersey Shore. I am however interested in the show and the lifestyle they are portraying

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