MTV's Jersey Shore Under Fire For Exploitation of Innocent Guidos
Slowly but surely, MTV has transformed The Real World from a house full of diverse young people to a laboratory that creates drunken meatheads for use in the Real World/Road Rules Challenge. Given that, perhaps we shouldn't be too surprised that the channel took the format to its logical extreme with next month's Jersey Shore -- a docudrama about, and I quote, "the hottest, tannest, craziest Guidos" that New Jersey has to offer -- but one group of Italian-Americans is up in arms about the show (the trailer is excerpted after the jump).
UNICO National said Tuesday that "Jersey Shore" relies on crude stereotypes and highlights cursing, bad behavior and violence in depicting renters at a New Jersey beach house.
An MTV promo says the participants "keep their hair high, their muscles juiced and their fists pumping all summer long!"
UNICO President Andre DiMino calls the show "trash television."
That it may be, but I'm saving my protests until MTV engineers an even more outrageous Jersey Shore/What Not to Wear crossover. I'm envisioning a lot of snapped gum and snapped limbs.