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Unico National Goes After “Mob Wives”, “Jersey Shore” and “Sopranos” With The Same Old Stick

Posted by ImaJustSaying on April 20, 2011

Unico National is coming out against all things Italian again to flap their lips about the new hit show on Vh1 “Mob Wives”, based on women who are  allegedly “connected” in Staten Island.

A rep for the Italian interest group — called UNICO National — took no mercy on the new show … telling TMZ,Mob Wives” is “trash TV like ‘Jersey Shore.’ I hope it dies because no one watches it.”

The rep adds, “We were mobsters and mafiosos with ‘The Sopranos,’ bimbos and buffoons with ‘Jersey Shore,’ and now we’re back where we started. It’s a disgrace.”

Funny enough — “The Sopranos” and “Jersey Shore” … two of the most popular shows in TV history.

The purpose of Unico who has chapters all over the country:

UNICO ObjectivesTo promote and enhance the Image of Italian Americans; for members to be of service to the community; to promote Italian heritage and culture; to promote, support and assist charitable, scientific, cultural, educational, and literary projects; to promote members’ interest in public welfare; and, to cooperate with others in civic, social and cultural development.

This is my opinion:

“Mob Wives”  cast members are primarily Italian, but one housewife in particular isn’t, Drita D’Avanzo who may be the toughest housewife out their in terms of ‘cuttin bitches’ for sport.

“Mob Wives” is a true reality program and people are interested.  Their families have been in the news for decades and their lives have been turned upside down.  I can’t deny that some of these women are rough around the edges, but you can’t deny they are being their true selves.  Their realities are true and left alone to pick up the pieces, these women face the harsh realities of “life” after informants have turned their families’ lives upside down.

No one can deny these women from telling their stories via a book or film because they are Italian. 

 The “Soprano’s” depicted a true criminal lifestyle that still exists in this country primarily NY/NJ in film.  The lifestyle is neither glamorous or specific for nationality in the program.  You could ask the character Carmella or the Russian adversaries amongst others.   Yes the lead characters were depicted as Italian.  

You can’t erase history or the current problems of organized crime, law enforcement wrangled with yesterday or today.   Other Network shows like HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” depict the crime bosses of the city as Irish, sprinkled with different nationalities and corrupt politicians.  Crime is Crime regardless of nationality and history is history and quite frankly tv/film are going to produce shows about it because it sells.

“Jersey Shore” is another targeted by this group.   The self-professed “Guido/Guidette” lifestyle did not fall short on this group as it appears the younger generation has redefined these terms not to be exclusive to Italians or offensive to the younger generation.  Not all cast members are Italian either.   As we find out, New Jersey has particular shore towns that are exclusive to “fist pumping” by out of towners in the summer time.   The Jersey Shore cast are vacationers and not residents of the locations.  

The ratings for the third season premiere of “Jersey Shore” fist-pumped through the roof with 8.45 million viewers aged 12-34.  This premiere broke all kinds of records and I don’t this the Unico Organization will have any impact on viewers or ratings with such popularity.

Speaking of Jersey Shore, season 4 will be filmed in Florence, Italy and there has been reports of whether or not the group will be allowed in the city via permits and passports.  Gawker has located a publication from an Italian newspaper and translated for us the stipulations that Mayor Matteo Renzi laid out for the production:

  • The cast will not be filmed in bars and clubs that serve alcohol.
  • The cast will not be filmed drinking in public.
  • The show will not be filmed to promote Florence as a drinking town.
  • The show should be filmed in a manner to promote Italy (not Americans visiting Italy) and feature its culture and good food.


Renzi also won’t allow MTV’s cameras in any of the city’s historic buildings, but said he can’t stop them from using the city as a backdrop to all their drama. Can he also make a proclamation that the season not be dominated by Sammi and Ronnie fighting and that no one can ever use the word “done?” Is that too much to ask?

Man, a season of the Jersey Shore where the guidos can’t go to clubs, can’t drink in public, and can’t promote drinking? This is going to be like the Masterpiece Theater reenactment of the reality show we all love. With these rules, we’re going to be stuck with Snooki, JWOWW, The Situation, and the crew sitting in an apartment, getting hammered, and beating the crap out of each other. So, it will be just like the Miami season. Boring

 Do you think Jersey Shore can survive in Florence and still Fist Pump the ratings and make gold?


12 Responses to “Unico National Goes After “Mob Wives”, “Jersey Shore” and “Sopranos” With The Same Old Stick”

  1. Dy said

    Ugh..Unico National again.. @@( rolling eyes) Well Mob Wives should send them a Thank You note because they just gave them a ton of publicity, as they did the Soparanos( when it was on) and Jersey Shore. I’m suprised they didn’t put the HWoNJ in there too…These people in my opinion need to get off their high horses Geeze!

  2. Dy.. I was just going to add why didnt they add RHONYC either! lmaoo!! I wonder if they know some of the ladies as they may belong to their local chapter..

  3. Dy said

    @2 people(Unico) are a trip, in my opinion ya know? I mean really who freakin thinks that these people on these shows( they mention) represent any one other than themselves.. Come on
    Even when Joy Behar says stupid stuff like HWoNJ and Jersey Shore give Italians and Jersey a bad name..Who the hell is she to make such an ignorant remark, sorry she does not speak for me. SMH.

    Btw..I don’t know about Jersey Shore next season if these restrictions are true..Holy freakin boring Cannoli!

  4. BobLHead said

    Sending those losers to Italy is an invitation to WW3!!! Keep in Jersey, where they belong. And hey Logan, what’s up with the “trollpatrol”? Seems to have some kind of beef with you for some reason?

  5. Bryan said

    @3 Dy, I know that and you know that but sadly there are clowns who think we italians all behave in this manner, I can see their point and I cannot blame the Italian goverment for not wanting Jersey Shore to film there, Why would they go there anyway, send to Costa Del Sol in Spain thats where the Brits go to party and its crazy there as is the greek islands, I’ve been there and its no stop party. I don’t think of Venice as a place to get drink and party on.

  6. Dy said

    @5 Bryan ..You’re right there are ignorant people that think that..Shame on them, seriously.

    As far as Jersey Shore going to Italy..I would think Mtv would have done their homework, ya know? If it’s not popular over there or there are going to be restrictions, then go somewhere eles like you said.

  7. Bryan said

    @6 Dy the Greek Islands and Santorini and Ios in particular were wild, you have people from all over the world who cram into these bars that are open till dawn, its insane, they would love it there

  8. Dy said

    @7..Bryan..Yes! that would be perfect.

  9. Bryan said


  10. LWoo said

    I can kinda understand where they’re coming from, but we can’t say that ALL Italians are like this. Just like we can’t say that ALL New Jersey people act like ‘The Jersey Shore’ kids (minus Sitch & Pauly D…they’re not kids).

    I don’t think all Italians are mobsters. Were they influential in organized crime? Of course they were. But so were the Irish, Albanians and Blacks. I don’t think there are many people who can be exempt from organized crime.

    I think some of it has been romanticized, but there’s nothing romantic about people getting killed, no matter what their nationality is. I think Karen made that point in the first episode of Mob Wives.

  11. Dy said

    Hey Lwoo..

    RT has pictures up of Snooki..Seems like our girl lost some lbs..She looks really good..Yay Snookster good for you!

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