As the daughter of oft-jailed mobster Anthony Graziano, #Renee Graziano grew up in the center of Mafia culture during its high-living heyday. Now, the tough-talking Graziano is filming the sixth season of VH1’s reality series “Mob Wives.” Here, she responds to Post movie critic Kyle Smith who recently opined that “women don’t understand ‘GoodFellas.’ ”
Hey, Kyle Smith — you talking to me?
I think you’re around the wrong ladies if you say that women don’t understand “GoodFellas.”
Clearly you’re asking the opinion of a woman who cries over a f - - king tampon commercial.
“GoodFellas” is my favorite Mafia movie — in fact, if you ask any female, they would agree with me. You’re right that it’s different from “The Godfather,” because it’s more modern for women of my generation.
But mostly, it’s a movie about loyalty — and nobody knows more about loyalty than a woman. If you violate that trust, there are consequences. We may not murder like they did in the movie, but we will cut you off regardless. Let’s just say it’s like being dead while you are alive.
In the movie, I think a lot of us see the breakdown of family and destruction of a household. Many women experience that and can relate to it.
What about the glitz and glamour in the flick? You wrote about “Sex and the City,” which is more girly-girl and all about fashion — but in “GoodFellas,” there were more fur coats and diamonds than Carrie Bradshaw could even dream about.
“GoodFellas” is full of misbehaving men — and nobody loves a bad boy more than us ladies. We automatically go straight to them.
Hell, I dated every last one of them! I was basically married to a Henry Hill, who was a rat and cheating with a coke whore. Except her name wasn’t Janice Rossi. It was Raven, and she was a stripper.
And yeah, I have been through hell, and I am still laughing because I CAN bust balls — even though I don’t have them.
You guys sit around with your cigars, booze and busting each other’s chops. We’re doing the same thing, except we’re smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee.
And by the way, you men can keep your balls. We have a woman running for president, and you are saying we’re too sensitive for ball-busting? Look at Hillary Clinton. She’s not crying. I admire her.
I guess people would say your column was sexist, but I view it more as ignorant — just plain ignorance — but I am a fair person. So here’s how we can right your wrong: Come hang out with the Mob Wives and binge-watch the five seasons with us. Then, we’ll watch Scorsese’s masterpiece.
This an open invitation for macaroni, meatballs and “Mob Wives.”
But I have to warn you, Kyle. You’re going to have to write a correction after you spend some time with us. That’s exactly what you’re going to have to do. source: nypost.com
Renee I am so very PROUD of you!!!! That ignorant, self-absorbed, idiot Kyle is a sexist prick that has no idea about this lifestyle!!!! He knows NOTHING about women that are RELATED in this lifestyle either!!!! We ARE LOYAL, and once the trust has been violated that’s a Rap!!!! My father is full blooded Italian, My Mother Is half Irish, Half Native American, And I am all three…. I am Strong, Loyal to The Core, Love The Bad Boys, and do not appreciate Kyle saying that women don’t understand” GoodFella”s !!!! He needs to retrack that opinion and he will !!!! Woman understand perfectly clear about “GoodFella”s !!!! We know it’s based on Trust and Loyalty…. And He truly has underestimated women because We CAN and WILL Bust Balls !!!! We are Bad To The Bone because we truly are The Strongest in our culture….. My Grandma Parravano always told me, The man may say what he wants, but the women in our culture Can and surely will enlighten the man by busting his balls!!!!!
Much Love To Ya Renee!!! I want all the Original Ladies back on MOB Wives …. For Me and My Family We Stick To The Original Ladies….. With Respect and Love…. Robin