The granddaughter of Mobster ignores the resistance to her new reality show & # 39; Made in Staten Island & # 39;
A star from the new reality series Made in Staten Island and granddaughter of a former Gambino crime family underboss is spoiling the locals with the image of her mobster tires.
Karina Seabrook, 19, is the granddaughter of the infamous hitman, Sammy & The Bull & # 39; Gravano, with whom she talks during the opening of the episode, according to the New York Post.
& # 39; But for me he is just my grandfather, & # 39; Seabrook said on the newspaper. & # 39; Nothing else matters. & # 39;
The latest reality show premiere of MTV next Monday follows the lives of Seabrook and four other young Staten Islanders as they try to find their own way out of the shadow of their family's often criminal past.
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Karina Seabrook, 19, shines in Made in Staten Island, a show that gets some criticism of the representation of the New York City district
Sammy & The Bull & # 39; Gravano, grandfather of Karina Seabrook and notorious Mafia turncoat, was convicted in 2002 for running a drug ring and only got out of jail in 2017
Karina Seabrook says it's crazy & # 39; is that people judge the show before they see it
Critics of the show, however, do not seem to take care of the starting point.
Mayor de Blasio accused MTV of using stereotypes with shameless viewing figures & # 39; and a Change.org petition with nearly 7,500 signatures calls for cancellation or the request to remove the town's name from the title.
The Staten Island image as a cesspool of gangsters, meatheads and low lives seems to be the main focus of MTV in recent years, & # 39; wrote Joseph Maniscalco, who started the petition, on the campaign page. He further points to the very real opioid epidemic that is harmful to the youth of the municipality.
Maybe MTV should focus on these epidemics and their impact on our youth instead of how & # 39; happy & # 39; Karina is in charge of her grandfather, the infamous mass murder who became informant, & # 39; Sammy The Bull & # 39; Gravano, & # 39; he adds.
Bill de Blasio tweeted his own criticism of the show that it & # 39; shamelessly & # 39; mentioned in his defense of the town
Karen Gravano (right) is a producer on Made in Staten Island with her daughter Karina Seabrook (left). Both can be seen here in 2016 at VH1 Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night
Promotion still from the new MTV & # 39; s Made in Staten Island with from left: Christian Patterson, Kayla Gonzalez, Karina Seabrook and Paulie Fusco
& # 39; The petition means nothing to me, & # 39; said Seabrook. It is bizarre how people can rate a book using the cover.
Karina's mother Karen Gravano who produced the show and had her own stint as a reality star on VH1 & # 39; s Mob Wives, believes that the show deals honestly with the issue of organized crime despite the & # 39; pros & # 39 ; of the mob-life: the fast car, the jewelry, the restaurants. & # 39;
Sammy Gravano, Karen's father, was the high gangster who witnessed his former boss, John Gotti. He spent 15 years in prison for individual drug charges, and Karen was sentenced to a trial period as part of the same drug trafficking.
& # 39; All my memories [of my grandfather] were planning to visit him in prison, "said Seabrook about the disadvantages of the criminal lifestyle. & # 39; It was hard for me. & # 39;
Paulie Fusco (left) with Karina Seabrook in a still from the MTV show Made in Staten Island
Made in Staten Island is poorly received by at least 7,500 submitters before it even airs
As far as the in-show drama is concerned, Seabrook also took some lessons from her mother about the kind of spectacle that shows reality in creating conflicts between friends.
& # 39; So I know I must keep my back & # 39 ;, she said. I do not like to be dramatic. & # 39;
For the other members of the cast, Paulie Fusco, Seabrook & # 39; s friend, Christian & # 39; C.P. & # 39; Patterson, Kayla & KG; & # 39; Gonzalez and Dennie Augustine, the show is an opportunity to break through those stereotypes they are accused of peddling.
& # 39; The only thing we can define is ourselves and we try to show that through the show, "Dennie Augustine told SILive. What stigma does it seem that we're trying to break, I think we're just trying to break through what people really think of someone. & # 39;