“The portrayal of Staten Island as a cesspool of gangsters, meatheads and low lives appears to be the main focus of MTV show development in recent years,” says the petition. “A show like this demeans what it is to be from Staten Island . . . [It] has one of the highest per capita incomes out of the five boroughs, and we also have several higher education institutions with very good graduation rates and excellent public schools serviced by caring teachers.”
Gravano had a different take. ““The outrage is for no reason. They havent even watched the show. Its not glorifying criminal activity. Its about kids making it through the struggle . . . This is a good opportunity to highlight kids at a young age striving to do better.” The show features her daughter, Karina.
Made in Staten Island premieres Jan. 14 at 10 PM on MTV.