The Mob Wives flagship franchise is Staten Island, which is a community that was highly affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Wives of Staten Island have been working hard on Twitter spreading awareness to help restore their town and have also been donating time to help those affected. Since the show’s third season is filming currently, the hurricane will be part of the show when it premieres in January 2013, but have the people of Staten Island been receptive to the cameras?
Drita Davanzo showed up to a volunteer site that was helping victims of the hurricane, but according to a volunteer that spoke to Observer, Drita pushed away others when she showed up with her crew. The volunteer reveals, “So she walked up and volunteers thought it was another news crew filming people helping out. But then a boom mike lurked over our heads. Notice in the picture everyone turning their backs on her and walking away. She was not well received and was able to clear a hot coffee stand on a cold day in 2 seconds.”
The volunteer did not think it was appropriate to film during this time, and adds, “Keep in mind this was 50 feet from where people died and bodies recovered. As she was filming her reality show, about 100 students and faculty from IS34 were a few feet away cleaning debris, not show boating for the news cameras, and reminding the world why Staten Island is a pretty good community to live in.”
Jenn Graziano, creator of the hit show, released a statement explaining that no harm was meant and that the filming was to show the aftermath of the disaster through the eyes of the women. Jenn tells the New York Post, “We’re not a documentary or a news crew. We don’t want to intrude on the people who have been hurt bad. But we do want to see what’s happened here through the eyes of the women.”
Jenn also revealed that the “bitch” of the show, Ramona Rizzo, has been very giving and cooperative with the relief efforts in Staten Island. She adds, “I have to admit, Ramona has shocked me. She’s supposed to be the bitch, but she has been at every donation site on the island. This is going to sound funny but Ramona has had a Barbie collection since she was kid. It was her favorite thing. She went down to Midland Beach [one of the hardest hits areas on the island] and gave the entire collection to a kid who’d lost all her toys.”
Although I can’t stand Ramona on the show, I think it’s very considerate and generous of her to give back to the community through such a rough time. As for Drita filming at the volunteer stand, I do not think she meant to exploit it for the show, but I do see why some volunteers may have felt uncomfortable being filmed for a reality TV show while they volunteered.
Do you think it was inappropriate of Drita to try and film the volunteers?
UPDATE: Drita tells AllAboutTRH that the claims are not true, saying, “Actually no one had a problem with the cameras.This story is not right. :)”