We just heard from My Big Friggin’ Wedding cast members Johnny Meatballs and Tammie, regarding UNICO’s recent criticism of their show (the Italian-American organization’s chief media executive, Andre DiMino, called it “racist” and said that it represents the “worst bunch of bad-acting, insipid individuals portraying themselves as trashy, drunken, low-class, bimbos and buffoons”).
Here’s Johnny’s take:
“Mr. Andre DiMino should find something to occupy his time with rather than calling for cancellations of TV shows which he feels are ‘racist.’ He calls me a ‘celebrity wannabe.’ Is heawannabe entertainment critic, a wannabe Italian Al Sharpton, or both? He should focus his efforts into actually making UNICO relevant within the young Italian-American community, instead of blindly bashing anything a young Italian-American does!!! I guarantee Mr. DiMino would change his tune about me and my family if he actually got to know us and what we are all about!!! Evidently he does not follow my blogs or my YouTube videos or know about any of the multiple, positive endeavors which I’m involved in—including my thriving self-made food business. Maybe if he did this, he might see that I actually bring something of substance to the table and am not just looking for a quick ’15 minutes of fame.’ OK, rant over. Back to cooking meatballs.”
And here’s what Tammie has to say on the matter:
“I think they’re bored and they need to get a life. I think they’re looking for another show to target, since Jersey Shore isn’t airing right now. They just need something to talk about. In the show’s defense, it isn’t like the Jersey Shore at all. The show isn’t all Italians. [Her fiance] Danny’s Haitian heritage is embraced on the show. I’m half-Greek. This show isn’t about Italians, it’s more about East Coast weddings. It’s not called My Big Friggin’ Italian Wedding; it’s called My Big Friggin’ Wedding. If they think it’s so Italian, obviously they’re not watching the show. I think if they saw it, they wouldn’t really be that offended.
I don’t think that we’re low-class. Everyone’s different on the show. I’m no bimbo. I’m actually a very smart individual. The show has only aired two episodes, so to judge it off of that is ballsy. Once you get to my wedding, you’ll see it’s very classy. Danny’s very classy. So, I guess what I’d say to UNICO is: watch the whole show and then we can talk. I would love to sit down with these people, whoever they are. Put me and UNICO in a room and we’d have a nice discussion. But they would never win with me.”
All things being equal, we wanted to show you a preview from Monday’s episode (premiering at 9/8c), in which Tammie drunkenly reveals that she may be pregnant at a party. Her rationale? “You can drink during the pregnancy in the beginning!”
Check out more clips from Monday’s show at the My Big Friggin’ Wedding video page (including one of Alyssa’s mom throwing up). And then ask yourself: does UNICO have a leg to stand on?