Minutes after the “Snooki Monster” made its unflattering debut on the latest episode of South Park, “It’s a Jersey Thing,” Jersey Shore‘s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi took to Twitter to announce that she found the caricature hilarious. In fact, Snooki took the Trey Parker and Matt Stone creation lampooning her as a sign that she and her Jersey Shore cast mates had finally “made it.” Of course, according to the South Park parody, she and her reality show cohorts already had.
Snooki posted to Twitter: “snooki want smoosh smoosh. im going to have nightmares tonight lmao!!! we’ve officially made it. goodnight my bitches.”
The first line of the Twitter post refers to her South Park Snooki monster character’s constant mouthing of the phrase “Snooki want smoosh smoosh” while sexually assaulting every male in the creature’s sight. And creature it was.
Although recognizable by her trademark poof hair and oversized breasts on a small body (not to mention being pointed out as “a Snooki”), the sexually obnoxious beast had massive flap ears, a cat-like whiskered mustache, and wore very little but ill-matching halter top and chartreuse fuzzy slippers. All it said was “Snooki want smoosh smoosh,” which is a reference to Polizzi’s term for casual sexual encounters on Jersey Shore.
The Snooki monster spends its time on the South Park episode drunkenly sexually accosting men and the kids of South Park. She is assaulting Eric Cartman when Kyle Brazlovsky, a common target of the intolerant, Jew-baiting Cartman who recently discovered that he was born in New Jersey, releases his inner guido and puts the smackdown on the incoherent monster.
Unflattering as it may have been, the real Snooki seemed to have no problem with it. In fact, it would seem she’s taken it to mean she has become a bona fide celebrity.
And that could be the biggest monstrosity of all — the fame garnered by her and other reality show celebrities, which seem to be led by the Jersey Shore cast members and the Bravo Real Housewives series (represented by the New Jersey faction on South Park). As the show pointed out in dialogue when the Snooki monster was first discovered by the men of South Park:
“What is it?
“It’s called a Snooki. It’s very famous.
“That thing is famous? Why?
“I don’t know!”
Most others might find it difficult to explain the rise to fame of Polizzi and others. She first made her reality show debut on Is She Really Going Out With Him? But she was launched into the national spotlight when she became a cast member of MTV’s controversial Jersey Shore. The show was immediately criticized when it premiered in 2009 for its overt sexual imagery, its cast’s crudeness, the profanity, and the general lifestyle of the young people on the show. People from the New Jersey and Seaside Heights in particular (where the show is filmed) were especially condemnatory. Italian-American groups also chastised the show for promoting negative stereotypes.
Snooki herself has been the center of much negative attention on the show and off. Known for her drinking, “smooshing,” and brawling on the show, she was also arrested over the summer in Seaside Heights after getting into a drunken confrontation with beachgoers.
Ironically, the Jersey Shore‘s cast is filled with people from New York, not New Jersey.
Regardless what strange forces converged and conspired to make Snooki and her colleagues (not to mention all those other obnoxious and disagreeable reality show stars) famous and welcome in America’s homes, it certainly seems as if she (and they) will have the last laugh.
“South Park,” Comedy Central Network