Once upon a time a person needed to have talent, or beauty to be on television. This time is long gone. Now people whom resemble oompa loompa’s that possess 0 talent can be on television. Not only are these people on television, but they are surprisingly admired, and famous. Why is this?
Lets go over the cast of Jersey Shore, shall we? The cast of Jersey Shore is meant to be a group of people who are Italian Americans that are spending the summer in Jersey Shore. Lets start off with Snookie. Snookie doesn’t have one drop of Italian heritage in her short and stubby body. Snookie was adopted, and she is actually Chilean. Next lets look at ‘J-WOWW’, she appeared on Fox News recently and said that she is actually Irish, and Spanish. Although they have no Italian heritage, they are on a show which was made for exactly that. Why is this? Can you say phonies? The women in this show are very trashy, loud, and for some reason cocky. Now lets take a look at the men on the show. These men have to be the most ignorant, and arrogant men that I have seen in my life. Not only do they talk about themselves in the third person, but they are either spending their time getting drunk and stupid, hooking up with trashy women in a filthy hot tub, or stirring up trouble.
Some people who watch this show actually think that the cast members are something special. Many people I know that live in New York say that they used to go to Jersey Shore on vacation, but no longer do so because of the Guido/Guidette infestation. Yes, I said infestation. Why? Well most normal people find a posse of obnoxious, drunken, orange people to be annoying. However some people don’t. Many people who watch this show actually look up to these people, and want to be Guidos/Guidettes as well. The question is why? Why on earth would anyone want to act like that, or look like that? I just don’t understand, aren’t there other people to look up to, and want to be like? Perhaps people who weren’t just put on TV for a joke that went terribly wrong?
Many Italian Americans are offended by this show, it is easy to see why. I am Italian American myself and I am outraged. People who watch this show who don’t know many Italian Americans, actually think that this is what Italian Americans act like. However it does not in any way depict our culture. It rather depicts the culture of a pack of wild barbarous animals. Reality television has a very long history of exploiting idiots for entertainment. However this show gos far beyond that, this show focuses it’s cameras on a specific ethnic group in a crude way. MTV says that it was not their intentions to stereotype, offend, or discriminate against anyone. However it’s odd that MTV didn’t realize that rounding up a group of obnoxious, boastful, crude people, and holing them in a house that is draped with Italian flags would not offend people of Italian descent.