"'Mob Wives' may capture the imagination of the 'Jersey Shore' crowd, but will not score any points with Islanders who are fed up with their hometown depicted as the home office for La Cosa Nostra," said the Staten Island Advance newspaper in Staten Island, New York, where the series is based.
"In fact, 'Mob Wives' insinuates the Island is a breeding ground for the mafia." Chrissy Lampkin is one of the stars of VH1's "Love and Hip Hop," which follows the lives of women behind the scenes of hip-hop, including the girlfriends of two rap artists and the ex-wife of a successful producer.
"It's cost me a lot emotionally because I walk down the street and people feel like they know me." Lori Koff's father worked in television in the early days and she grew up watching stars around the CBS Studio Center.
These days she is all about the housewives and girlfriends shows and blogs about several of them. "Andy Cohen (executive vice president of original programming and development for Bravo, the home of the "Real Housewives" franchise) says it gives people a license to gossip and, of course, he's right," Koff said.
But of course, the issue isn’t just about the culture’s treatment of women as performers but also as human beings.
Academics and lazy Fox News pundits eager to take a swing at black culture have constantly harped on hip-hop’s lack of respect for women.
"These women speak their minds and a lot of times say things we wish we could say." Viewers form a connection, strengthened by their access to the reality stars on social networking and network sponsored sites, where the women often blog after their shows, Vulpo said.I have to say that mob life as I always pictured isn’t quite as mob-esque as what I gather from VH1.Let me break it down for you…today’s Mob Wives‘ news revolves around a rap video and contract dispute. It seems that Mob Wives Chicago stars Nora Schweihs and Renee Fecarotta Russo have a lot to learn about the entertainment industry."The definition of celebrity is changing," casting director Doron Ofir told the New York Times last month during The Reality Rocks Expo held in Los Angeles."Relatability will be the next wave of pop culture." So audiences eat up storylines such as when "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast member Teresa Giudice and her husband filed for bankruptcy, when "Orange County" cast member Tamra Barney struggled with a wayward adult son who ran into trouble with the law and "Basketball Wives" star Jennifer Williams coped with the implosion of her marriage.