Stars from Mob Wives and Jersey Shore - shows heavily criticized as local leaders called for a boycott of business that give support to Oxygen's Brooklyn 11223 - will be at signing events at two area booksellers.
Two weeks ago, Councilman Vincent Gentile rallied the community against upcoming Oxygen Network reality show Brooklyn 11223 (to be focused on Bay Ridge, despite the zip code mixup). The speakers at the press conference drew several comparisons between the upcoming show and established reality shows Mob Wives and Jersey Shore for their negative portrayal of women and Italian-Americans. State Senator Diane Savino and others went as far as to say that Brooklynites should boycott business that give support to the show, for instance, by allowing cameras to film cast members at their establishments.
It seems, however, that two of the area’s booksellers either did not get the message, do not support such a boycott, or are taking the narrow interpretation that the boycott applies only to Brooklyn 11223, and not its spiritual predecessors, as stars from both Mob Wives and Jersey Shore will be making book signing appearances here over the next few weeks. Continue reading »