I say alledged, because I am going to let you decide yourself if you think VH1 Reality TV star Renee Graziano pulled a low life gangster move, and ripped off the Mob Candy name, after the Mob Candy Magazine gave her the honors of being on the cover.
Not too long after the mob wives production company knew we were looking to put Renee Graziano on the cover of our magazine, they reached out to discuss details. Me and Frankie D met with Jenn Graziano. Our goal was to talk our deal out, so we could push forward. Only, we wanted Karen Gravano on the cover, if anything. He really was not excited about the mob wives idea, I was pushing it hardcore.
There were verbal promises they would promote the covers on TV interviews, and social media. We also discussed future project collaborations with the MafiaLife Facebook game app, and possibly producing a podcast for them, since we have been mastering the arts with our own Mafia Talk Radio podcast, and my experience on Sirius XM when i hosted my own hour special. We even mentioned some of our Mob Candy jewelry! She loved it all. It was all a perfect fit.
VH1 had different plans apparently. They were contacting us pushing the desire to film us doing a photoshoot with Karen Gravano, and interviews where I was given the ok to ask any tough questions to Karen. Great minds think alike. Everybody knows Sammy The Bull, right?
To keep our word, we created separate stories, and separate dual covers for each of them. Although costs were higher, Mob Candy integrity demanded we do the right thing. Jenn was specific about making sure we kept to a promise. We promised Renee her own cover. Otherwise, we probably would have just done an inside story on Renee once the networks wanted to film Karen. So, they both got their own covers, and interior stories, and DiMatteo spend money printing the dual covers, along with 2 other covers as well. We just went with our collectors cover for issue 7.
In the end, she ended up doing only one book signing, signing some books, and tee shirts for us, and never ever mentioned being on the cover of the magazine to anyone during her many interviews on TV. She did tweet about it a few times when I did some giveaways to our audience, and fans. Nothing even close to what was promised. Needless to say, the other covers sold 5 times faster then hers. We did our job to sell out of most of the copies we printed, as we always do. But, that’s not my point here. Every mob enthusiast loves Mob Candy Magazine.
Now, she goes on TV, and is promoting all over the Internet on blogs, and on her website about a Mob Candy shoe line? And, Mob Candy Jewelry? That’s not even the half. Not only is she just using the brand name pretending she never heard of it before, she has also done interviews claiming the root of her Mob Candy name idea came into her head randomly after thinking about how she loves colors, and candy has different colors. And of course, she couldn’t forget to add the mob to it, right? That’s how she got the idea! (Click here to read the article where she claims how she got the idea)
Did she forget she was on the cover of a magazine titled Mob Candy way before she told her story about how she had some colorful idea for a new brand? Was she not privy to the ideas that we discussed with her production company in that business meeting? You tell me, are we crazy to be pissed? And, I am not talking about legalities here. I am not asking if what she did was legal or not. I am simply talking 100 percent on cold hard morality principle. What she did was wrong!
We asked a poll on our Facebook fan page, to see what the fans thought on this. We asked if they would feel disrespected if it was done to them. I’d love for you to answer that poll.
Click here to answer the poll: “Would you feel disrespected?”. or comment below, if you have the balls.
[There was content edited from this article, and a new blog was written to explain. You could find the details here]