October 17, 2006
Tonight on MTV: "True Life: I'm a Staten Island Girl"
TV doesn't get any better than this.
STATEN ISLAND FOR DUMMIES
By Danica Lo
October 17, 2006 -- 'STATEN Island girls stand out wherever they are," says Danielle, 21, an aspiring actress who's desperate to shake her hard-core New York-ese accent. "People know. They look at us and they say, 'Staten Island,' because we have that we're-too-good-for-the-rest-of-the-world attitude."
"True Life: I'm a Staten Island Girl," which airs tonight at 10, is the latest installment of MTV's documentary series - following in the footsteps of past series gems like "I Have Tourette's," "I'm Addicted to Crystal Meth," "I'm a Competitive Eater" and "I'm on Steroids."
It may be hard to believe that living across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge ranks right up there with drug addiction and neurological disorders, but the trials and tribulations of dialectically challenged Danielle, terrified-of-dying-alone Angela, and mall-addict Lauren are nothing to sneeze at, either. "Girls are vicious on this island," Danielle says. "If you don't know a girl, you don't like her."
As MTV follows them to the promised land - uh, Manhattan - to pursue their respective dreams, the girls all fret that they won't "be accepted because I'm from Staten Island," as Lauren puts it. They way they make it sound, S.I. might as well be a foreign country.
"Nobody in my family has really left," Danielle says. "I have everything I've ever wanted here. I drive a Lexus truck."
Other pearls of wisdom from the forgotten borough:
"If a girl is pretty, she's automatically a bitch," Danielle says.
If an S.I. girl goes to Boston, everyone will think she's a gangster. This happened to Danielle.
Staten Island guys - Angela's type - have spiky hair and big muscles. They go to the tanning salon, and drink protein shakes.
When you're 35, no guy will want you anymore. "These looks won't last forever," Angela says.
While living in Manhattan would be a "wonderful life," staying on Staten Island gives you "stability," Lauren's friends counsel her when she declares she's moving there.