Jersey Shore Backlash Continues
Calls for a boycott of the MTV show are having an effect.
UNICO, an Italian-American service organization, blasted MTV’s latest reality show Jersey Shore at the end of November for its stereotypical depiction of Italian Americans.
The series which follows a group of self-proclaimed “guidos” residing in a New Jersey beach house has caused such an uproar that UNICO is asking members to complain to the network’s backers. So far both American Family Insurance and Domino’s Pizza have withdrawn their support.
“(Jersey Shore furthers) the popular TV notion that Italian-Americans are gel-haired, thuggish ignoramuses with fake tans, no manners, no diction, no taste, no education, no sexual discretion, no hairdressers (for sure), no real knowledge of Italian culture and no ambition beyond expanding steroid- and silicone-enhanced bodies,” New York Post critic Linda Stasi stated. “Would that programming ever have been allowed if the group were African-Americans, Asians, Hispanics, Jewish people?” (Yahoo)