Melissa Gorga Defends Controversial Book, Says It Was Taken Out Of Context


Melissa Gorga is defending herself amidst the controversy surrounding her book, Love Italian Style. When a report stated the RHONJ star was advocating marital rape, E! asked Melissa if she has any regrets about what was in the book. “Not at all,” Melissa said. “I stand by what I said. I truly believe in everything I said in it.”

“Men, I know you think your woman isn’t the type who wants to be taken,” Joe Gorga wrote in one passage. “But trust me, she is. Every girl wants to get her hair pulled once in a while. If your wife says “no,” turn her around, and rip her clothes off. She wants to be dominated. Women don’t realize how easy men are. Just give us what we want.”

But Melissa is standing by her husband’s remarks and saying they were taken out of context. “I think if you just read the one line that Joe said you might take it the wrong way,” she said. “But continue to read and you’ll see where it belongs.”

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  • Skeeter

    How are readers taking what Joe said out of context? To shorten his sentence would be like this “men your wife likes being raped”. This couple is disgusting. How can YOU take that out of context? It says exactly what it says – the long OR short version of it. Take your pick.

  • angelia

    So is that why he was aresseted for some kind of rape charge in the past?

    • jersey shore mom

      melissa isn’t the type to sit home every night waiting to be raped ny her husband. this is nothing but a publicity stunt to get people to buy her book.

  • jersey shore mom

    don’t believe joey wrote this, melissa did to make it a caveman style joey isn’t smart enought to write, he thinks with his pecker called tarzan.not with brain

  • Judith

    What kind of person would write that about their personal intimate time. My first husband was rough, several times I had clothes ripped and RAPED more than one time and I certainly did not enjoy any of it. I lost respect for someone who can be that abusive. Your husband should have enough respect for you if you are tired not to force himself on you. I got to the point I was sleeping with a knife under my pillow. Will Melissa and Joe feel good about their book when one of their children read any of that what goes on in their parents bedroom. It will happen. I guess the easy way out will be to blame Theresa. Melissa cannot except she is ever wrong, it is always someone else. She got caught up in this finally and cannot blame anyone else for what she wrote. Also she should give up on her “singing”. That is also a lost cause.

  • Melodie

    I knew once this story line came out people were going to take it and run with it. Come on people if your smart enough to read through the lines all that she said was that intimacy is whatever the couple wants. If you like it a little rough that is your thing if not your husband should respect your feelings. THis is just stupid. Saying that husbands have the right to rape their partner is not what she said. What people do inside their bedroom is their own business. those who are prudes that think Melissa is really ok with rape are just dumb as dirt. Melissa haters you have to come up with something better than this. She is not the greatest character but jeez this is ridiculous. Also if you hate her why are you reading her book? I actually agree with her in the sense that treating your husband like a king will in turn have him treating you very well also (unless he is a user) I have my husbands dinner on the table every night rub his back and he rubs mine, we like a little rough in the bedroom and then there is the gentle passion. We go everywhere together we are each others best friends. I did not put on 40 pounds after kids and give excuses why I cannot lose the weight…. my husband loves that I take care of myself. Joe appreciates melissa’s attention, that is why their marriage works. Is it perfect of course not. Stop hating that they have a great marriage and move onto something more important. She is doing what she thinks is best for her marriage. Don’t tell me that you would not like to have her lifestyle. If you say no you wouldn’t your a liar.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with Melody!…… U dumb bitches need to chill the fuck out!

  • Izzy

    People always pick and chose stuff out of sentences or even a whole story. He didnt say if she keeps saying no to take it anyway. People take stuff so literal.

  • Pinky

    I sm shocked more battered women’s advocate groups aren’t protesting this book, much less Bravo and Andy promoting it. Wow, NBC is so gut wrentching trash now. I can’t stand them. I wish the FCC would shut down bravo HW reality shows as they cross way to many lines. These shows are not REALITY. They promote NOTHING of value but ruin people’s personal lives.