VIDEOS Drita D’Avanzo defends Big Ang mural, nearly killed by gangsta squirrel

Big ANGel music video Drita D'Avanzo

We reported last week that the sister of Mob Wives star Angela “Big Ang” Raiola has started a petition to save the Staten Island mural in memory of Big Ang after her landlord informed her it was going to be painted over because some people found it offensive. Word of the potential demise of the mural got back to Big Ang’s co-star and close friend Drita D’Avanzo, and she shared a video expressing her frustration. Oh, and in a separate video, Drita talks about her near-death experience at the hands of gangsta Prospect Park squirrel!

First up, Drita addresses the Big Ang mural, stating that the landlord claiming the mural is offensive is just plain “bullsh!t.” (You may recall that Drita recorded a tribute song to Big Ang titled “Big ANGel,” and she filmed the music video in front of the mural.)

Here’s Drita:

“I didn’t even know that that’s what was said, that people find it ‘offensive,'” Drita reveals. “First of all, that’s bullsh!t. That’s a lie. If you want to paint over it, just say ‘I would like to paint over it.’ Don’t make up a story that people find it offensive.”

Drita then explains that the mural is not only not “offensive,” but that it has become quite the tourist attraction. “Actually, people travel from everywhere, all over — and I know this for a fact because they come to my store after. And I’m talking from all over — all over the world! Mob Wives airs everywhere. People from the UK…and they go there and they take photos. It’s an amazing thing.”

Big Ang mural New York

“I don’t know why — I mean it doesn’t make any sense. It should never be painted over. It’s absolutely beautiful — I’m sure you saw it — and everybody loves it! People travel to see it.”

Drita then concedes that, in the end, it is the property owner’s decision. “Listen, to be real, it is his building, he could do whatever he wants. I’m hoping the petition helps. Maybe it will help him change his mind.”

“Ang was everything,” Drita says of her friend. Ang was bigger than life, and Ang was [famous?] before she was famous, and we miss her so much.” Drita is obviously emotional as she concludes the clip by saying “It’s hard to talk about.”

On a much lighter note (or maybe not), Drita posted a recent video recounting her harrowing run-in with an overly aggressive Prospect Park rodent!

OMG! I love Drita so much! “You know when I really started buggin’? His tail, like, touched my toe!”

Something tells me we will be seeing Drita’s “WHAT?!” expression in animated gif form for years to come:

Drita D'Avanzo What animated gif



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  • Nedly Mandingo IV

    It’s not her property!!! You can’t even paint the walls of your rental a different shade of beige without asking for permission first. What an idiot.

    • AWill

      She had permission. It was after complaints the landlord said he needed to paint over it.

    • NJJuls

      You’re the idiot! She had permission to paint it there. The complaints came later.

  • barbinop

    It’s a beautiful tribute to Angela. Leave it alone. It would be a disgrace to paint over it. I never had the pleasure of meeting her but to me she seemed like the type of person who never met a stranger. Rest in peace Angela. You left this earth way too soon.

  • cookie

    More like Clove Lakes or Great Kills Park…Prospect Park is in Brooklyn, she lives in Staten Island.

  • Cait Sith

    Big Ang seemed like she had such an amazing personality.

    My “little sister” met her once a long time ago (pre Mob Wives). She said Ang told her she has a gorgeous smile and to never lose it after giving her a big hug.

    She was by far my favorite cast member on that show <3