While MTV’s Jersey Shore is a smash hit that just completed its second season, a recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University found that 51% of New Jerseyans had an “unfavorable view” of the show. Only 11% of those polled saw Jersey Shore in a favorable light, and the rest were simply undecided.
The reality television series is about eight housemates who spend their summer on the Jersey Shore, mostly in Seaside Heights. When the show’s first season was filmed in August, 2009 controversy brewed right away especially from local residents who noted most cast members (except for Sammi Giancola) were not even from New Jersey.
In fact, most are from New York and that one trait has led New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to state his opinion that being from New York is why the cast are such hard partiers.
Of course, Governor David Patterson of New York said it was the Jersey Shore and its less than desirable environment that is to blame.
Maybe New Jersey residents aren’t impressed with Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s arrest for disorderly conduct on July 30. Or perhaps it was Ronnie Ortiz’ arrest for unpaid parking tickets two weeks after Snooki’s arrest that sealed the deal of the public’s sour opinion.
Perhaps it’s just the way the cast members act out on the show.
Regardless of what politicians and residents say, the majority of the public who watches and follows Jersey Shore making it the success it is, well, that’s what really matters, at least to MTV.
In case you’ve not yet seen Jersey Shore or know much about it, click here to meet the cast.
Sources: http://gawker.com/5418297/meet-the-cast-of-jersey-shore, http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/TV/08/25/jersey.shore.new.jersey.ppl/