‘Made in Staten Island,’ an MTV Reality Show, Makes the Borough Look Bad, Critics Say
First there was once “Jersey Shore” on MTV after which “Mob Wives” on VH1.
Now every other truth tv sequence, set to debut on Monday, includes a mix of each — and prefer its predecessors, it’s drawing grievance that it stereotypes Italian-Americans.
“Bosses aren’t born, they’re ‘Made in Staten Island,’” MTV stated in promotional fabrics for the display, “Made in Staten Island,” which the community described as “grittier and edgier” than its different truth displays.
“Made in Staten Island,” which tracks younger adults seeking to keep away from mob life, has drawn the ire of town officers and hundreds of people that signed an on-line petition calling for it to be canceled. The display perpetuates the perception that Staten Island is “a cesspool of gangsters, meatheads and low lives” and is premised on the concept that “kids from Staten Island all grow up surrounded by the mafia,” the petition stated.
One of the display’s government manufacturers is Karen Gravano, a celebrity of “Mob Wives” and the daughter of Salvatore (Sammy the Bull) Gravano, who was once successful guy for John Gotti, the Gambino crime circle of relatives boss, and later changed into a central authority informant. Ms. Gravano’s daughter Karina Seabrook, 19, is one in all the stars of the display.
“A lot of us are faced with two options: the street life or the straight life,” says one in all the display’s different stars, Christian Patterson, 20, in a preview. “Our crew was born in the streets, and now they’re looking for a way out.”
“They are stereotyping Italian-Americans on Staten Island as having a connection to criminal enterprises,” he endured. “If you named any other race, religion or creed, people would be upset about that.”
A preview of the display described Ms. Seabrook as a “Staten Island princess” and every other personality, Paulie Fusco, 19, as a “dramatic hotheaded hustler” who will “never stop chasing the money.”
“You’ll never be able to leave the street. Even if you do, you’re never out,” MTV quoted Mr. Fusco as announcing on social media.
Mr. Patterson, who narrates the preview, stated other people “just automatically look at me like a street guy but I got a good heart.”
There are scenes with adults speaking about their pasts promoting medicine and being incarcerated on Rikers Island. Another clip displays Mr. Patterson visiting his father in jail.
Other scenes display a brick that was once thrown thru somebody’s automobile window and other people engaged in a combat this is damaged up by means of the police. There are a number of bleeped obscenities in the five-minute clip and clichéd arranged crime references, akin to when Mr. Patterson says, “On Staten Island, we’re raised to believe that loyalty and respect mean everything.”
The on-line petition that seeks the display’s cancellation or for Staten Island to be got rid of from its name was once signed by means of just about 7,500 other people as of Saturday afternoon. Ms. Gravano stated she discovered the grievance to be untimely making an allowance for that the display has but to air.
“This show is anything but promoting crime,” she stated on Saturday. “I’m not out here asking kids to commit crime to be on a reality show.”
“This age right now is where you can make wrong decisions that can affect the rest of your life forever or you can get on the right track,” she endured. “That’s kind of what we are zeroing in on. We are promoting kids to do better.”
One of Ms. Gravano’s maximum memorable scenes from “Mob Wives” is when she flipped a desk and attacked every other girl, grabbing her hair. While rising up she concept that “crime paid,” she stated, and reaped the advantages, akin to great houses and dear automobiles.
She stated her father and Mr. Gotti have been as soon as praised. “It was cool to be a gangster,” Ms. Gravano stated.
But Ms. Seabrook and her buddies have noticed the problem of that way of life.
“She grew up from a young age visiting family members in prison, and that’s why she’s so adamant about wanting to take a different direction,” Ms. Gravano stated of her daughter and others on the display. “We are showing the raw reality of what messing your life up does.”