As they describe said television show, you have probably found yourself confused and at a loss for words about the characters and situations described.
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Oh and another thing, watch out Seaside Heights, because this is going to boost your tourism. With more like what we are seeing on this show!
With 113 comments, mine being the 114th, this show clearly is exactly what they intended it to be! Controversial.
Yes, these people are total tools. But do I love to watch the show, Hells Yeah! I look forward to the train-wreck that it is. And for those saying that Seaside Heights is a "one off" is completely inaccurate. You will find these meat heads all along the jersey shore. Belmar, Point Pleasant, LBI. If you look hard enough, you can find them EVERYWHERE!
I will still defend my Jersey 100%.
I am a 41 yo lifelong resident of NJ who has spent and still spends time each summer at the Jersey Shore. Even though I can understand SOME of the negativity surrounding this show I do think that what these kids are doing is not atypical of what many young people have been doing for years when they go down to the shore with their friends to have some fun. Starting around 1991 and continuing for several years after I would tag along with my brother and his friends to their shore houses in Seaside and Belmar NJ. My brothers group were typical jersey kids and not surprisingly were mostly Italian, worked out at the gym, tanned and called themselves nicknames including a group nickname – " the cho posse". Virtually all of the situations weve seen these characters in, except for the girl punching, was lived out several times over by our gang. I know, we had a camcorder back then and still have the video proof! Funneling beers, trashing shore houses, spending time in front of the mirror getting "fresh" for a night at Bar A or DJ's, getting into fights (if the guy at the Snow White in Wildwood I doused with soda back in 92 is readin this- sorry), and trying desperately to "hook up". I admit these kids are a little extreme and very self centered however I salute them for living it up while they still can. For those of you who are parents with kids in their 20's who are at college and go to spring break or summer party places you might be a little shocked to see how they behaved if a camera crew were following them around. The "posse" by the way has grown and all became successful professional people so there is hope for all of us.
BTW – the person who wrote in a prior post that snooki looks like a retarded 70's Priscilla Presly – thanks, the comment made my day.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I loved when Snookie's mom said the "shore water looked dirty" which is also another representation of the residents! LOL!!! Everyone in NY & NJ know the shore water is dirty brown and nothing like the Carribean blue. I'm still at awe at how people swim out here and fish (and eat what they catch). It is the dirtiest water around!! Again, although Jersey Sucks, MTV'S Jersy Shore Rocks!! Go MTV!
People take this show too seriously....yes these guys/girls are clowns but beyond the way they look and the way they speak they are doing what alot of 20 somethings do during the summer. They are down at the shore enjoying their time, having a good time. Of course it's a different story if these guys/girls don't work and spend all of their time partying. And it's different if they are there causing an immense disruption and breaking laws. Just curious- if they were a "normal" group of 20 somethings in the same situation would there be such an uproar about this show? And how many of the older posters here can honestly say that they didn't spend their summer weekends enjoying themselves with their friends?
I also hate that the jersey shore "locals" try to blame NY for them coming there, considering the majority of you originally started off in NY, and most likely still have family up there. This "NY vs NJ" stuff is such nonsense. I am from NY and love NJ, and do not resemble these guys in any way, and don't appreciate the fact that some of you locals will generalize and stereotype me the second you hear that I am from the city area, without knowing anything about me. I would never stereotype against the locals of the shore.
Last, if you are going to have a problem with somebody, have it with the owners of the bars and clubs and boardwalk shops and landlords that cater specifically to the "fist pumping" crowd. If these venues didn't exist then your "out of towners" would find somewhere else to go.
MTV is really to blame. They have stepped into the basement for programming in the last 5 years. Its no more Music television anymore. Its more like 20 somethings with no life getting posterized by the network to prove how moronic our generation has become. They show us a portal into what these people do with their lives and think that any of us care........ I will say this I have seen the you tube of that girl getting hit. She got knocked the **** out. Hilarious, i wish i could buy that guy another shot.....
Look at all the haters!!! Best show on TV simply for the laughs.
BTW there are bars here in South Florida holding "Jersey Shore" nights – It's totally blowing up!
Ok folks, here's the thing: MTV is so strapped for good intertainment these days,that they are willing to put anything on their station right now. I am still upset that A MUSIC TELEVISION station is even playing shows. If they would just stop puttting all this reality shit on and bring back the MUSIC, we wouldn't have to even catch a glimps of this non-sense.
I love this show haha I watched it for 2 hours the other night. I laughed the whole time!
I think this show is hysterical. I love it. I think Pauly D is gay, watch how he looks at other men, especially “ The Situation” I started giving my coworkers nicknames now.
I have only seen episode 4 but loved it. It is like watching a train wreck. The best part is you know there are more of them out there too. Just hanging out at the gym and the clubs. Awesome!
Didn't Pauly-D's hairstyle, which makes him look like Woody Woodpecker, go out of style after the Gotti's boys reality show went off? Just wondering.
I'm 30 and from Iowa, so having something as entertaining as JS absolutely MAKES my day! Sadly we have nothing to do but work & watch it snow, so coming home and knowing TiVo recorded it for me is stellar! For the record, I think Snooki looks like Priscilla Presley from the 1970's gone retarded. I'm guessing J-Wow is actually a man, too! LOVE THE SHOW!!!
I wish the media would STOP giving these morons airtime. CNN and every other media outlet is feeding their oversized egos! They aren't worth the chewing gum stuck to the sidewalk.
My husband and I are well educated people, who look forward to this show every week- it's entertaining! He's from Westchester and I'm from Long Island originally (we both currently reside in NYC), and we both find it absolutely comical that these self-professed "guido's" and "guidettes" that we've seen all our lives in our hometowns actually came into the public eye and have their own reality show. Growing up, I always thought they deserved a show! So, in the defense of the NJ residents that have posted, I will stand up and say that these crazy kids are running a muck all over the Tri- State area. If one would care to experience a true guido fist pump, Long Island style, take a drive through Hampton Bays next summer; you'll be in tan, spikey/ poufed- hair heaven. Neptunes would be your ultimate destination.** Scary that I know all this; that's what I get from growing up on Long Island! *
The characters on this show are more productive members of society than the majority of this nation's population. What would you all think if MTV made a show about a bunch of welfare families that sat around and complained about not having jobs and collected money from the government... I doubt we would be seeing the same sort of comments.
Fact of the matter is most all the haters in this comment section are jealous because they will never be able to obtain the shear amazing-ness that these characters have accomplished by their mid-twenties. I believe The Situation said it best, "If hating is your occupation, then I have a full time job for you."
Don't stress over a bunch of young kids living it up for the summer at the beach. You all remind me of the kids who got beat-up at school but would suck up to their parents and teachers because they were the only people who gave you any positive attention. Good strategy until you hit the real world huh?
Jersey Shore FTMFW
I had to watch this show after hearing so much about it, and I gotta say – the "situation" pun intended, Mike is so gross and conceited its unreal. He's got abs, so what? His face is really ugly! NEWSFLASH – every female and their mothers don't want to sleep with you! Spend less money on hair gel/steriods and instead opt for some facial plastic surgery....
oh and nice bxxxch fit you threw when that female house skank hooked up with Ronnie instead of you.....btw he has a much better body than you AND he is handsome.....you are a loser.......I guess I am just a "situation" hater....keep telling yourself "I hate you cause I ain't you".........and save some of that money for therapy....
First off, it's a TV show. Take it for what it is – entertainment – and stop trying to act like MTV is making a statement about New Jersey. The show is hysterical for its "non-reality", and I don't think the residents of Seaside need to worry about their image. Take out the accents and just tell us they're at a beach and they could be anywhere on the East Coast. Or West Coast for that matter. Heck, I live in Cleveland and there are places like this along Lake Erie...
Secondly, THIS is exactly why the show is still on the air and will continue to be. You're creating buzz, thus perpetuating viewership by making people curious. Keep talking about it and it won't go away.
I have to add my own favorite Pauly D quote, "Fresh to Death" All about the fresh clothes, fresh tan, fresh whatever. Trust me, no one cares that much. If I'm seeing for the first time and don't plan on seeing you again, you could have worn the outfit 100 times before and I wouldn't know the difference.
Ronnie's parents and Snookie's mom have all been on the show already, so I'm guessing they're OK with all of this...
And, E D, I would LOVE to see "The Situation" vs "The Miz" I'm going with "The Miz" for the win...
The equivalent is most certainly found on the left coast as well. Party-crazy, sculpted-body, trash-talking lowlifes are not uniquely of Italian descent.
MTV I salute you this is your "Magnum Opus"!
Like some of you, the controversy surrounding the show in the media is what prompted me to dvr it one night. I am a 45-year-old, educated professional and I am lovin' it! When Pauly said, "It takes 25 minutes to do my hay-ya, and it comes out perfect every time," I was hooked. This is a comedy. Lighten up and enjoy it y'all. Or watch some old episodes of Masterpiece Theatre.
People need to relax, it's a TV show, simply provided to entertain us. I don't understand why so many people have a huge problem with it. If you don't like it, don't watch and stop complaining. There are plenty of other shows on TV that suck and people just need to get over it.
Let's get something straight – we're Italian Americans – NOT GUIDO'S or GUIDETTES – Guido/Guidette is an INSULT – Not a term of endearment – this show just makes it harder and harder for Italian-Americans to get past the ridiculous stigma of the Sopranos and the Gotti's. We don't all have bad New York or New Jersey accents or sound like uneducated baffoons. Some of us actually have college degrees. What about the great Italian- Americans that have actually contributed something to this country – Supreme Court Justices: Samuel Alito and Antonin Scalia; Governors – Mario Cuomo, Ella Grasso, Janet Napolitano; NYC Mayors – Fiorello LaGuardia and Rudy Guilliani; Leaders in business: Lee Iococca, Sam Palmisano, Richard Grasso; and of course Entertainers and Acrotrs Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Anne Bancroft, Robert DiNero, Al Pacino just to name a few...
It truly is time for Italian-Americans to get past our own ridiculous stereotype.
Read the comments at the end.
Its just a show. It is not a representation of every Italian American. I have never been to Jersey or the Jersery Shore and I do not think that the people from those areas are just like the kids you see on this show. The main goal of MTV is to get ratings. Watching a bunch of middle class kids studying and working summer jobs is not going to get ratings. Dont take this stuff so seriously.
Get over it, this is entertainment reality. I knew people like this when I was in College, and thats about ten years ago, I doubt they just disappeared.
still better than Meet the Press.
"ITALIAN" is NOT A RACE. It is an ethnic group within the Caucasian Race. And these kids come from Italian American families, (not "Italian" families), most of whom have never been to the country, are ignorant to the true elegance of its people, have not seen cities like Rome or Milan or ever heard that beautiful language spoken correctly.
I believe Ronnie's credo is:
"Don't fall in love at the Shore" NOT "don't fall in love at the short." Please don't misquote a poet.
It is funny and I take it for what it is worth, a TV show! I don't think about if everyone from NJ is like that or if Italian Americans are like that or not. What the fuss? They are so ignorant, it makes me laugh, I then turn the tv off and go about my life.
I LOVE THIS SHOW AND FIND IT VERY ENTERTAINING!! I live in Parlin, NJ which is north of the shore and I find the representation of the cast to be honest. These kids, like many before them, are sowing their VERY WILD OATS! In 5-7 years, they will be very embarrassed once they grow up and look back at how scandalous they acted. My family and I find the NJ folks are living large in Hysterical Blindless (an HBO drama) and anyone who tells you differently has never visited the "Arm Pit of America!" Go MTV!! Jersey sucks...now and forever!!! And yes, I know because I have lived in Seattle, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Denver, Chesapeake-Virginia, Brooklyn and Nevada. This is the worst state on earth and I live here only because it's cheaper than NYC, which is where I work.
They should have filmed this in Long Island or some other NY hang out...NJ already gets a bad rap, we don't need these fools bringing us down!
I am completely offended by the term "woptarts". My grandparents came over on the boat WITH their PAPERS. Not everyone came over without papers. That was just rude. I couldn't even watch 2 minutes of this show. I didn't think people like this exsited today. I was pretty sure it was 2010, not 1990.
THERE IS NO EXCUSE IN THIS WORLD TO HIT A WOMAN!!!!!!! (unless she's trying to kill you or something) Even if she is as dumb as a brick (no offense Snookie, but you really need help).
As most everyone has pointed out, and even the article details: 75% of the cast is actually from new York, they just happen to be invading the Jersey Shore.
My brother in law loves this garbage and he actually got me to sit down with him and watch a marathon of all the shows that have already aired. (by the way my brother in law is 17 and I'm 34)
The reason he loves it is precisely because even he knows these people are acting like idiots, so he loves making fun of them.
If even a 17 year old can tell how stupid these people are, how is it that this is prime time programming? MTV started the reality TV craze with the Real World show a long time ago, and while the original show was groundbreaking and interesting, this great grandchild of reality TV is nothing but and oversexed, drunk and stupid descendant that shows us just how low this genre can go.
Please bring back good scripted TV, I miss it terribly.
JerseyGirl had it right, BENNY'S GO HOME! BENNY is what we call them in the north (Bayonne, Elizabeth, Newark, New York) or reap the benefits of summer. Groups like this appear all along the Jersey coast from Sea Bright down to Cape May, but this is quite extreme. They should film Spring Lake (the Irish Riviera), Sea Girt, Manasquan, LBI, and Stone Harbor for comparison. Or better yet, film off-season!
Question: Who would watch a show that IS indicative of New Jersey? It would probably be the same show, but the girls would be uglier.
This show is the only good thing MTV has ever done besides play music videos. Do they even do that anymore?
Hopefully people do remember when watching the show that these are BENNYS- NY and North Jersey people that crap up our shore towns every summer. We put up with them for the tourism $ they bring. They are not representative of the decent folks that actually live and work and raise families here.
Come on folks, it's only a TV Show! It has been created solely for entertainment purposes. I'm a 53 year old NJ native and I find it quite enjoyable to watch!
Paul Ciaramello (above) said it wonderfully – "This was reliving my younger years, when my friends and I often had a beach house to spend a week or two acting stupid and just having fun. sure these kids are a little rough around the edges – but weren't we all?"
They're just dumb kids! One day they'll have to enter the real world and become working stiffs like the rest of us!
Living just on the other side of Barnegat Bay, I stroll the Seaside Heights Boardwalk at least once a week between April and November, with an occasional walk during the winter. It has always been (and continues to be) one of my favorite places in NJ. I watch the show just because it is set and filmed in Seaside!
The show certainly displays the worst of our culture, but not too much better is this blog post itself. The subject was interesting for an observer of pop culture, but the bad grammar and numerous misspellings made it unreadable and a further example of how communication style has taken a back seat to the mere access to the medium.
I cannot stop laughing!
At the show.
At the press about the show.
At the comments about this article.
While the closest thing to "the shore" here is the WI Dells, it's a fantastic viewing experience for those of us that simply cannot relate nor imagine such people exist!
You have to laugh at such quotes as "I go to the gym for an hour and a half a day to work on my fitness," and "we’re beatin’-up-the-beat, that’s what we say when we’re doing our fist pump."
Come on people!!
I work in Jersey and no one is like that. I spent summers at Seaside and yeah there are people like that and then there are people who are just like you and I. Relax people it is just a TV show. They are getting their chance at "fame" so let them have fun.
The Jane Godall approach to this article is so amazingly original. Wait, that's wrong. It's not original at all. This is just kids at the beach. Period. The same thing happens at Ocean City Md. Or Myrtle Beach, SC. or Miami Fl. There are nicer beaches, with nicer clientel all along the eastern seaboard. So what I think amuses you is the working class and "ethnic" elements, right? Maybe you should stop being a racist elitists and let kids be kids at the beach.
The only way this show can end well is if the house blows up one night when they are all sleeping inside.
But then, maybe with all the silicone and steroids, they would probably survive.
This show is frigging hilarious. i don't think these guys take themselves too seriously and I think behind all the fake tans and hair extensions they are good people with good values. They seem hard working, loyal and honest. Even if it means at the end of the day, they end up laughing at themselves.
Just because they like to party and hook-up it's no different then any other clique in this age demographic. They are an easy target because many people out there are not familiar with the "Guido" style. Do those fools on the Real World act any differently? Not even. For all you naysayers out there – Forgettaboutit.
You ask where their parents are, and then you condone hitting a woman.
Where are YOUR parents Sir?
I thought the Real World was in D.C. this season. Oh wait...I must be confused by the personality-less, alcohol drinking, bar fighting, slutty and arrogant characters that typically are cast onto the Real World. I stand corrected.
A T – I am hoping for Road Rules: "The Situation" verus "The Miz."
despite their ages, where in the are their parents? Especially Snookems or whatever her name is..she is a disgrace with the potty mouth she has.. I don't blame the guy for punching her in the face..I would have...
This shows KILLS my 19 year old son and I. We think it is hilarious. 100% mindless entertainment. We laugh through the whole episode...come on people, lighten up! You don't really think MTV thought this was goig to be serious do you? We think it is a spin off from one of their "True Life" episodes from years ago called "I Spend My summer on the Jersey Shore"...look it up on the internet, it was so funny....especially when one of the guys is talking about meatballs...
I have never seen more comments (50) in such a short period of time on CNN. You can all call this "buffoonery", that goes without saying, but we all know you will be tuning in next week when Pauly D hijacks an ambulence to obtain more hair product. Relax everybody, this show is not meant to attack your lifestyle. Your life of sitting in a cubicle and then going home to watch CSI reruns or American Idol will not be comprimised...
ok, I confess, Im 50, educated professional and I watch the show. I take it for what it is, a comedy.
These actors are horrible, and I am embarassed for them. It's cheap entertainment, and MTV is laughing all the way to the bank at their expense.
I am not from New Jersey and I know little more about the state than visiting college friends at Spring Break. But everywhere I went in NJ people were courteous, friendly, and warm. The towns I visited were absolutely beautiful, and I would move to any of these towns in a heartbeat if I could without a second thought. I thoroughly enjoyed my visits there so many years ago, and I have a great deal of respect for a state that receives so much unfair abuse and stereotyping.
"Jersey Shore" is in no way indicitive of New Jersey, and I look forward to the end of it's short run on cable.
I agree with Jrz.
New York should pick up it's trash.
while they're at it they can pick up their trash they dumped in PA.
I feel sorry for the people of New Jersey.
this is not a reporesentation of them.
This is news.....If we keep rewarding these people they will keep coming back.
Thank you MTV for this white trash east coast spin off of the hills, hopefully the nation's youth will start to get more fake tans, use more hair gel and refer to themselves by racial stereotypical names.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!! it is so freakin entertaining and even way better than the Real World. I think there is no reason for italian americans to be gettin so worked up! i'm half italian and half mexican and it bothers me NONE!!! it's just for entertainment value. It'd be the exact same way if it was a house of mexicans and they were using mexican names for each other. that wouldn't bother me either! it's all simply in the name of good, vulgar, american entertainment.
What garbage. MTV has sunk to a new low.
Want to start by saying I am multi-racial, Italian being a large part of my heritage... I love how America is so up in arms about Jersey Shore, because it makes young, White, Italian, Americans look like idiots, but nobody says anything when it's another race demoralizing themselves!!! It doesn't feel good to have your culture mocked, does it??? Jersey Shore is there for entertainment, just like the rest of the reality shows. If you don't like it, DON'T WATCH IT, AND DON'T FOLLOW THE COLUMNS WRITTEN ABOUT IT!!!! Life is too short to take everything so serious and so literal. Relax, breathe, and turn to a different program. I'M STILL FIST PUMPIN'. hahahahaha!!!!!!!!
Everyone is taking this show and these people WAY too serious. Every culture has a "stereotype" and MTV is just playing up on the NY/NJ young Italian stereotype. Of course they dont represent everyday people of NJ/NY and what a real Italian is. They are getting paid to act like that and probably really dont in real life. Stop taking it so personal if your from there or are Italian. They dont take themselves serious and neither should you because its just putting more $ in their pockets and giving them more tv time. ITS JUST TV!!
How can anyone watch this show? Firstly, how can it be called 'Jersey Shore'... it is no representation of the Jersey Shore I've known and loved for many years. Have had shore houses in Manasquan and spent lots of time in Pt Pleasant, Spring Lake, Sea Girt, Belmar, Bradley Beach, LBI, etc... these characters are sooooo not Jersey Shore. Maybe it should be called 'Guido Guidette Reality Show' instead. I'd still not watch it, but would be more fitting. For those in their late teens/20's thinking of renting their first house at the Jersey Shore this summer... note that it is NOTHING like this!!! I hope the network cancels this show fast... or at the very least gives it a new name. Poor Seaside Heights... the residents are not happy about this either...
Please MTV, at the minimum, change the name to NORTH JERSEY SHORE.....Dear America, We from the South Jersey Beach's do not look, talk, smell, have the low IQ of and most all act like this at all. Keeping the trash north of the Jersey Beaches .....
This article, while it accurately articulates the worthless life style and life motives of these individuals, is inaccurate on one account–these people are not Jersey Shorers, they are BENNYS and should go home. They are what ruin the Jersey Shore.
This show rocks!
There must be close to 100 silly reality shows on television. Reactions to the show itself – good or bad is all the producers are generally after. If you do not like it do not watch and do not comment.
How is this any different from the ridiculous shows about midgets, octomoms, drug addicts, sex addicts or anyone that with a job or business slightly out of the ordinary?
this is why the terrorists want to bomb us.
Really? This is not indicative of how Italian New Jersians really are? What about House Wives of New Jersey? Growing up Gotti? Seems I see a pattern. Bunch of tacky, big haired, 1980 leftovers. Could they have gotten uglier people to be on the show? Yuck! The girls are fat and ugly and they guys are ugly and stupid.
Ronnie said, "Don't fall in love at the Shore." How do you miss that?
"She looks like the illegitimate love child of Minnie Me and Elvira"
thanks Actually from New Jersey
you made me laugh out loud HAHAHA!!!!
What a bunch of ignorant, self absorbed, ridiculous fools.
I'm embarrassed for them.
They are all so extremely stupid..
especially that little one.. MORON is an understatement
it's sad really.
And that "Situation" character
He has the same face as haggard Pauly Shore.. he looks just like him
compare for yourself – google it!!
yeah that's a "Situation" alright!
Hmmm.....they're all from NEW YORK! Dear NY, please come pick up your trash. Thanks!
I love this show, and I would definitely not be considered as one in the target demographic. when I heard about the controversy, being Italian American, I recorded a show and watched, and laughed harder than I have in years. This was reliving my younger years, when my friends and I often had a beach house to spend a week or two acting stupid and just having fun. sure these kids are a little rough around the edges – but weren't we all? This is what reality TV is, isn't it? it's supposed to make us feel better about ourselves, that just perhaps, we were like this once, and survived, and made something out of ourselves – but we sure miss those years of "creeping!"
God help us if these people procreate.
it's amazing if you ask a new yorker what the greatest place in the world is, the vast majority will say new york...
THEN WHY THE HELL ARE YOU IN NEW JERSEY CRAPPING UP OUR BEACHES ALL SUMMER? new jersey doesn't want new yorks' garbage anymore than new york wants it. maybe we can make a dock for a barge near the southern base of the driscoll bridge, load the barge up with new yorkers and send it out into raritan bay, everyday from memorial day to labor day.
You know what they say; it takes ALL KINDS to make the world go 'round. Don't blame MTV – they provide entertainment for their audiences and these kids are the ones that watch MTV!! Granted MTV isn't picking these kids to be on their show based on their IQ – heck – the lower the better for ratings. So I imagine they are on the extreme end of the spectrum, but still, these types of folks do exist and is quite amusing for us that live in the Midwest ;o)
I think it is safe to assume that those who read CNN articles aren't the same type of people that watch "guido-vision". So of course you won't enjoy this show or see the humor this article is trying to portray. Nonethless, in my own personal opinion I enjoy the show. I am totally head over heels for Ronnie and I believe that Snookie and I would be best friends!
and I still want to hear that horrid little troll snookie say....
"Boss, da plane!"
She looks like the illigitimate love child of Minnie Me and Elvira
Why do we have such a fasination with trailer trash and people that give trailer trash a good name??
"Oh, and btw Actually from New Jersey...Tattoo was from Fantasy Island, not The Love Boat..."
True, got my bad 70's shows mixed up. Just talking about "Jersey Shore " is making me dumber.
I have to tell you that as a jersey girl – I am both offended and disgusted that this is what people are stereotyping us as. Just step a bit further south and visit the shore and you will realize that it's a beautiful area to visit and not all of us are "guido's" staring into our mirrors with nicknames like tank. I for one am not even Italian!
Where did they find these throw backs! Everything about them is so 1990. Stupid hair and fat asses. What is up with the hair? Who wears those styles anymore? They have got to be totally embarrassed by how they look now that they can see the show. What a shame that nobody told them just how much like tools they would look. I've watched 2 shows and what a train wreck. Absolutely cannot stomach anymore!!
Oh, and btw Actually from New Jersey...Tattoo was from Fantasy Island, not The Love Boat...
I must confess. I am 30 years old. I have "an above agerage IQ". I watch this "semi-reality" show. Its damn funny, so there you go.
I have watched the show... I think it is hilarious... I can take it at face value as entertainment in exchange for wasting some of my personal time.
I'm from Marlboro, NY, same as Snookie. I don't think that this has anything to do with NY vs. NJ or Staten Island vs. NJ. It is stereotypes, plain and simple. MTV is producing a valid representation of a house "down the shore"
I've vacationed in Seaside. I've witnessed all that is described and depicted on this show. Yes, that is real for Seaside. MTV's depiction does show a group of young people that I've witnessed in different forms over the years. I took my family to Seaside this summer. We saw the "Jersey Shore" group while filming. We had no clue what was going on but we saw many other people dressed and acting just like these people. There are also families, couples and groups that look nothing like the Guidos.
Why must so many people think that a sample chosen for the purpose of making a show is indicative of everyone in the state of New Jersey?
Oh, and is it me, or does "Snooki" look just like Tattoo form the love boat.
Just once I want to hear her say "Boss, da plane".
Have these people made any meaningful contributions to society? Are they educated? What do their parents think of them, this show, their behaviors...etc? Do they really take themselves seriously?
They are like a train wreck, you cannot help but stare with mouth agape at the horror of these people.
I love this show, it is hilarious! Try watching the show as a comedy, not as a documentary.
"While the show is filmed in NJ all of the participants except one are from NY."
The last time I checked Rhode Island was not part of New York...
I think its hysterical how many people are offended.
No need to defend yourselves NJ residents.
There are morons like this all over the states...Really.
As a born and raised Jersey Girl...trust me, these folks are not the norm. And none of these people would step foot inside a surf shop because the chilly reception would surely freeze their well-tanned hides. Nor does the image of Seaside Heights truly capture the natural beauty and wonder of the Jersey Shore. Sure, SH has its place. (I mean, come on, MIDWAY STEAKS!! Skeeball!!) But if you want to really gain perspective, visit Island Beach State Park (a few miles south of SH, and no oompa loompas, I promise) or check out Sandy Hook to the north. Now THAT, my friends is the REAL Jersey Shore! Locals Unite! Bennies GO HOME!
As a native of NJ who now lives in the midwest, I can certainly havwe empathy for those still living there who put up with the morons who come south every weekend, jamming the Parkway and acting like trash. eb12 is right with their nickname for Seaside Hts; 35 years ago my friends and I used to refer to it as Seaside-Greaside. My 14 year old, who has watches this crap and has taken numerous trips back to the Shore can't even believe. MTV should come up with a 'Jones Beach' and interview the locals up there!
I think that these kids really highlight what is best about America, and that is that as a whole we are personalities, and not brainiacs. America's strength and place in the world is with its business acumen, and all of these kids are primed to be good salespeople, even that one who has to fold t-shirts instead of sell them. Many also pretend to be wholesome, when in fact they are not. I am 40, and the eighties and nineties at the shore were filled with college kids looking to party and hookup, not get into Victorian courtships. The vast majority bought into the magazine culture that lauded great looks and shapely appearance. I am surprised by how so many seem shocked by this group, especially considering their ages (of the cast and likely of the commenters who are unlikely to be in their age group and have probably buried their past for the magazine standard of the middle-aged, phoney high standards and propriety).
You guys do realize that the show is only still being aired because you people are getting so worked up about it.... I do how ever think its funny that no one ever said anything about the dumb blondes from Cali... yet a couple of people prefer to call themselves degrading names and everyone flips out! Just because they choose to put themselves down, doesnt mean that they are putting the whole italian or Jersey Shore down. They are just a group of people who want to drink and party and thats it, so just leave them alone and let the show just play out, if people give it so much publicity it only going to make a season 2!!!!
I really enjoy watching this show and see it as interesting and entertaining. I think the reason that I like it is that it reminds me so much of my summers at the shore. I am Italian and do not feel demeaned by this, but I think that the Guido thing is just a vehicle to fuel conversation and subsequent ratings (the producers are smart enough to know that many will feel degraded and that will get free airtime). Most kids act like this at the shore, at least all of the ones I knew. The Puritan kids I guess go to Martha's Vineyard, and I say that as a joke, the point being that all of us except the Puritans want to mix and mingle and party at some point, and these kids are role models in that they really care about physical fitness, which is sorely needed by most of their generation.
Someone forgot to tell these idots that the Guido phenomenon in NY went out around 1990. I know–I grew up in Queens and the place was crawling with them.
mark j – i have an above average IQ and watch this show. it's terrible, but hilarious.
am 32 and have never seen the show. i don't know of anyone in their 30's who watches this. i'm pretty sure the show is aimed at a younger audience considering that it glorifies everything that is wrong with the youth of this country.
I confess, I enjoy this train wreck of a show. However, I did NOT know how old some of the guys were (27 and 28)? Wow – that is just a few years away from Creepy Old Guy. And for the record, "fist pumping" is not a dance.
1) Working class people have always existed.
2) Yes they do not fit the norms of the middle and upper class.
3) If you did not know this class of people existed – it is YOU that has lived a sheltered life.... and you should be ashamed for your limited life experience ... I am not saying you should be like these people, but is it sad you have been so sheltered by money.
4) The behavior of the "elites" in our society is not that different from this group – at all.
Elitism is bad.
Putting working class people on TV for the entertainment of the middle class is more sickening that the behavior of some college age people in bars.
My understanding that the Ivy League has just as many low lifes.
So, as I thought before reading this, 'Jersey Shore' consists of 99% of those whom don't live in New Jersey. Not that the tourism board doesn't like visitors, and they do, but this is not a pure representation of the 'jersey shore' expierience in the LEAST. Italian americans should be the least of those offended by this shitte(as my Irish grandmother used to say). It's obvious that those who put this on the air were less concerned with the title, "JERSEY SHORE" and more concerned with exploiting those who put their signatures on the dotted line. I thought they had a show like that, it's called 'the Real World'. This is not that show. Please don't confuse this POV with 'any press is good press'.
As an Italian, (and retired Guido) please understand, with every race there is an ignorance, and they perpetuate the "guido" persona, a self centered, ignorant and mindless persona. This is reality t.v. taking the extreme of a situation and exploiting it.
As a eighth generation Jersey Girl of Italian decent who lives at the Shore I find this so unreal. While the show is filmed in NJ all of the participants except one are from NY. Trust me there are people like this at the shore during the summer. The majority of people here make fun of them. They are such a cliche. Most of the kids down the shore for the summer are nothing like this. Of my fourteen nieces and nephews who spent their summers down the shore only one gels his hair and none of he girls have ever worn extensions or had plastic surgery. No one has a tattoo although piercing did abound for a while. All of the girls are now college graduates working in their professions The boys successful in their chosen fields. However, I did find at Christmas they all watch the show for the laughs, go figure.
Actually from New Jersey- While we will all be pleased to see this abomination end, please note that the article does specify that there is a higher concentration of this sort of person along the shore "in the summer." None of us who know better would claim this to be false.
This show is AWESOME! It's like an entire season of Rock of Love rolled up into each episode. The Jersey Shore cast does not take themselves seriously and neither should all you. I bet we see them on the next Real World Road Rules challenge!
My wife and I were truly horrified that these bottom feeders were given a show. Coarse language, behavior, and the dumbest set of folks I have ever had the misfortune to see on TV combine to make this a new low, even for MTV. I watched one episode and will never watch this again.
My wife's family is from Jersey and they all feel EXACTLY the same way about the Jersey-Shore Idiots as residents of Daytona and Padre feel about Spring Breakers every March.
They are immature idiots and NOT indicative of the populace of the Garden State.
PS: Like ACTUALLY FROM NEW JERSEY wrote, I've certainly seen WAY more Guido/Guidoettes around NYC and Long Island than anywhere in Jersey...
Loved your article–enjoyed the satirical commentary. I guess gold jewelry no longer factors into the equation?
These idiots should be ashamed of themselves. Then again they don't aspire to much other than tanning, nail polish, and lifting weights. As Ted Knight so eloquently put it in Caddyshack: "The world needs ditch diggers as well".
Come on. Dont deny that the JS is the best show of 2010. Who doesnt want to look at orange people with great bodies and vasoline heads. My idol was Lance Armstrong but now its Mike The Situation, have you seen those abs...WOPS UNITE!!!!
These people, unfortunately, give anyone from NJ a bad name. Just to point out, most of them are not even from Jersey!
Just to be clear... "they are found in the greatest concentration at the coast of the state of New Jersey"... This statement is not true. The majority of Guidos that visit the Jersey Shore are from New York, not New Jersey.
Correction...it's New Jerseyan, not Jerseyite.
These people make a mockery out of the already damaged reputation that goes along with the State of NJ. Please remember, most of these hideous cast members are from NY. As someone who grew up outside Seaside Heights (now nicknamed Sleezeside Heights by those of us with any common sense), it's a complete shame that such a beautiful family area with so many fond memories has been defaced by such losers. Get a life, MTV!
There are several errors in this article, which is almost as worrying as the fact that I know this.
Most of reality television, in particular... Jersey Shore, is responsible for the "dumbing down" of America. Please stop watching this crap!
I hope the cast members of this show never plan to reproduce in the future. No need to perpetuate the stupid gene. Their parents should be horrified.
"While Guidos/Guidettes exist in far-flung locations, they are found in the greatest concentration at the coast of the state of New Jersey"
Hey moron, these feeble minded woptarts are not even from Jersey. The greatest concentration of these retards is in New York, not the Jersey shore.
All of us here in Jersey will be perfactly happy when these IQ challenged drunken bozos have expired their 15 minutes and go back to New York where they belong.
Hillarious article! Are any people with above average IQ's actually watching such crap. Reality TV that isn't real.
What a bunch of bafoon's. I'm sure their parents are proud.
i think this article sums up the need to for involuntary sterilizations in our country starting immediately
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