Surprise! Italian-American group offended by MTV's Jersey Shore
by Joel Keller, posted Nov 25th 2009 2:29PM
A couple of weeks ago, I alerted you folks to the premiere of MTV's Jersey Shore, an eye-rolling show that promotes itself as a collection of the shore's "hottest, tannest, craziest Guidos." It's enough to make a Jersey guy like me nauseous.
In a shocking development, it seems like a national Italian-American group has a bit of an issue with this show. UNICO has asked MTV to pull Jersey Shore even before it airs, calling it "trash television" that unfairly depicts Italian-Americans.
Ya think? Wonder if it was the fist-pumping that set them off? Or the drunkenness? Or the fourth-grade-level sentence structure the participants use? Or, maybe -- just maybe -- it was MTV's use of the term "Guido" in the friggin' promo that got them upset. Not sure if I can put my finger on it.
Two things I wonder, though: a) Where was UNICO when TLC was about to air The Real Housewives of New Jersey and Cake Boss?, and b) What is the MTV spokesman who defended the show smoking when she says the show represents their usual examination of young people's rites of passage and that this group "takes pride in their ethnicity"? Does "taking pride" include spray tans and getting drunk on Jack Daniels?