You must have known this post was coming. Last summer, I wrote a post about how much I love the Jersey Shore and how it played a large role in my life growing up. So of course, I have to comment on the most recent MTV show, Jersey Shore.
First, I think it is necessary that we clear up a few things.
1) Only one person on the show is actually from New Jersey.
2) It wasn’t supposed to be called “Jersey Shore” – it was supposed to be called “Guido Beach” aka not being a show about the Jersey Shore but being a show BASED at the Jersey Shore.
3) Seaside Heights is not known as the “nice” part of the Jersey Shore but rather the “stereotypical” part of the Jersey Shore. Its nickname is “Sleezside Heights” (if you can make out that spelling).
4) Not everyone who visits the Jersey Shore acts that way or parties that way.
5) MTV has done a wonderful job of depicting stereotypes of people who come to the Jersey Shore. But that is what they are – stereotypes, not the truth.
The first time I saw a preview for this show, I knew there was going to be trouble. At college, I obviously hear all the time about how I talk with a Jersey accent and how much my state smells (literally). I spend a lot of time defending my state, showing my Jersey pride, and trying to show people that the stereotypes of New Jersey are not true. However, I knew I was going to hear it when this show premiered.
But I’m not the only one who has shown my distaste for the show (even though I admit, it is addicting and I cannot stop watching it. I mean, I have to watch it in order to be able to defend my beloved Jersey Shore.) Jersey Shore staff have received death threats from people unhappy with the show (http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2009/12/08/mtv-staff-getting-death-threats-jersey-shore/?test=faces). Not only are people from the Jersey Shore unhappy, but Italian-Americans are unhappy about how they are being depicted. Additionally, New Jersey State Senator Joseph Vitale asked Viacom and MTV to pull the show off the air and is launching an investigation with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to see how the main characters were chosen for this program (http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2009/12/28/jersey-shore-under-more-fire-this-time-from-new-jersey-politicans/). This show is so controversial that politicians are getting involved!
I doubt the show is going to be pulled off the air. It is getting too much publicity, positive and negative. Jersey Shore cast members have even been on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien: http://www.hulu.com/watch/115489/the-tonight-show-with-conan-obrien-the-situation-and-snooki-part-1 andhttp://www.hulu.com/watch/115488/the-tonight-show-with-conan-obrien-the-situation-and-snooki-part-2. And Saturday Night Live even got a taste of them (well making fun of them):http://www.hulu.com/watch/116557/saturday-night-live-update-snooki. MTV is getting more attention than they have had since the days when TRL was the most popular show on television.
My finals thoughts:
1) Yes, the show is entertaining. I watch it, I do. BUT, the show is not realistic.
2) Remember, it is like Real World based at the Jersey Shore. (They should start calling Real World the name of each individual location).
3) Everyone is this entertained by a girl being punched in the face? Really? That speaks for itself.
I will stop with my Jersey pride (for now), but remember the REAL Jersey Shore ≠ MTV’s Jersey Shore.