Last week, MTV premiered a brand new reality series entitled “Jersey Shore.” The show places eight young people in one house filled with bronzed…

Last week, MTV premiered a brand new reality series entitled “Jersey Shore.” The show places eight young people in one house filled with bronzed bodies, hair gel, and of course… a hot tub. Mix the aforementioned with heaps of alcohol, and viewers are assured one blissful hour of quality reality entertainment.
With the premiere of the show, controversy has followed. Premiering to high numbers amongst MTV’s target audience, some have been labeling “Jersey Shore” a “joke”, others (like myself) have been praising its general absurdity, while many more (especially Italian American groups) have been calling for MTV to cancel the show altogether (please DON’T DO IT).
Although “Jersey Shore” provides all the mindless entertainment I need in my week, it is easy to understand why so many are against the show from its inception. Whilst I praise the producers for discovering eight utterly idiotic, senseless individuals that provide heaps of laughs, it does make me think that maybe those who are protesting the show have a point. I am not laughing with these individuals… I am laughing at them. These eight participants (albeit dense) are representative of all those who consider themselves “guidos” (believe me, there are people who do). I (along with the millions of viewers tuning in) are poking fun at an entire group of real people, with real values, and real beliefs. So, although I do find “Jersey Shore” truly entertaining, I am forced to pause and think: what damage is MTV bestowing upon the entire population of Italian Americans? I will have to consider this as I watch the rest of the season.  🙂
– Scott