VH1's 'Big Friggin' Wedding' spurs protest
November 10th, 2010
05:53 PM ET

VH1's 'Big Friggin' Wedding' spurs protest

It seems "Jersey Shore" producer Sally Ann Salsano has got another situation on her hands.

First Italian American group Unico National criticized the MTV series for reinforcing stereotypes, and now Salsano is facing similar sentiments over her VH1 show, "My Big Friggin' Wedding."

The bridal-themed reality series follows five outrageous couples as they plan their over-the-top nuptials. Many of the cast members are Italian, and according to Unico, they are being both stereotyped and exploited.

"Stereotyping and slurring young Italian Americans means big, big bucks for bottom-feeder networks like MTV and VH1," says Unico chief media executive Andre' DiMino, who blames Salsano and her 495 Productions company for giving Italians a bad name.

"No one does this better than Salsano, who's done more harm to the perception of young Italian Americans than everyone before her, combined," DiMino says. "It's hard to believe, but Salsano actually tops the damage she did to the Italian American community with 'Jersey Shore' with her newest pile of garbage on VH1."

soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. SHUT IT

    Shut up ya Whops!

    February 7, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. A-Wow

    Half the people on this joint are from Strong Island! Where's the protest from that sub-human group of losers?

    November 11, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |

    they are right, I am so glad I live far far away from you freaks in Jersey if even 50% of Italians portrayed on JS & MBFW
    are like that. Creepy

    November 11, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. Robyn

    Stereotypes are stereotypes because they are true... 'nuff said

    November 11, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. Truth

    Who friggin cares?

    November 11, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. queenofbs

    These types of shows are ENTERTAINMENT! They are being paid to make jack*$$es of themselves. I know plenty of Italians, most don't act the way Italians are portrayed on JS & MBFW but some do.

    November 11, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. Timme62

    Having seen the show a couple of times along with Jersey Shore, it would seem that they are stereotyped people from New Jersey verses just Italians. Personally I think I would avoid New Jersey at all costs. I'd be more afraid of running into some of these people verses the Jersey Devil.

    November 11, 2010 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. missy

    the main thing i dont understand is how someone could get offended by the show. i mean come on, its not your dirty laundry be aired on tv. if thats not the way you act, then how is it offensive? it sounds more like your insecure of who you are.

    November 11, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. Hammer

    These shows just depict how these young guidos really are. Cheap obnoxious fools who wear too much hair gel and gold jewelry.

    Everyone already knew that and made fun of them anyway. If you see a old camaro or mustang revving the engine up with a big haired girl in the passenger seat, you just know some low rent guido with a spike hairdo and gold chains is getting out.

    November 11, 2010 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. missy

    I agree, people take shows way beyond what they really are. no matter what race they put in the house on the show, would do the same things the current cast does. every single race has people who do the same things the cast of jersey shore does.

    November 11, 2010 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. E

    They are from jersey first and Italian second but since most people from jersey act that way they don't complain so the Italians have to

    November 11, 2010 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. Lover23

    * Stop making everything about race/ethnicity. If these people want to sign up for these shows & make fools of themselves, let 'em!! Its great entertainment! I didn't hear anyone complaining about how ghetto Flavor Flav made himself look, or how trashy Brett Michaels looked. Get over it.

    November 11, 2010 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. missy

    so the ones assuming they are all italian are clearly stereotyping more than the show is.

    November 11, 2010 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. missy

    not all of the cast are italian. the ones saying the show stereotypes, obviously do to, because not all are italian, and the show is called jersey shore. its not called representation of italian race. its not saying that either. its just a show about a group of young people who like to party at the jersey shore.

    November 11, 2010 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. okay

    For those of you saying that the stereotypes are true, are you saying that the stereotypes of your race are true too and represent how everyone in your race is?

    November 11, 2010 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
  16. ems

    That jwoww girl is polish and snookie is ecuadorian.

    November 11, 2010 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
  17. level-headed

    First off: those shows are just stupid. But its not the shows that are to blame for the sterotypes- its the cast. Thats not acting- thats how THEY are. You cant take six of the dumbest people on the planet of ANY creed or color, put em on TV, and say the represent an entire demographic. So stop complaining and change the channel.

    November 11, 2010 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  18. mike gumban


    November 11, 2010 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  19. Avon Barksdale

    Some of my best friends are Italian!

    November 11, 2010 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  20. Alex

    She wouldn't make the show if there wasn't an audience. I think the fact that people care enough about the show to devote their time to it is more of a concern than her making it.

    November 11, 2010 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  21. Maggie

    @grammer_police Two things: 1. It's spelled grammar. 2. Your comma in the post informing someone else they had too many commas is unnecessary. It adds pause where pause doesn't need to be and, frankly, makes you look a little silly.

    November 11, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  22. Elizabeth

    @ Mr. Seagal: "Whiny" is spelled with two n's. And please stop being a perv now. My kids read these blogs.

    November 11, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Steven Seagal

      Elizabeth, whiny is spelled the way I spelled it. You're an idiot. Perhaps you should ask your kids to help you with spelling.

      November 11, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  23. frank

    Shocked by most peoples responses. I'm Italian american and I'm offended by these shows. I'm not sure how you couldn't be. I'm not complaining that these shows exist. However you would be ignorant if you didn't understand how stereotypes negatively impact Italian americans in this country. Same goes for other ethnic groups. The characters are unfortunately real and embarrassing . I grew up with thousands of Italian americans in my hometown and rarely did I come across the types of persons seen on the jersey shore. Its about greed and keeping simple minded viewers entertained . If you don't like it the first thing to do is too change your channel. Jokes and big hair aside its just plain sad and embarrassing how my people are portrayed.

    November 11, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  24. Phillip Ressler

    Carl's Jr next advertisement (ad): "Snooki" does Philly!

    November 11, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  25. cupcak3s

    italians aren't the 1st nor last to be "sterostyped" whites mexicans whites and asians been sterotyped for yrs so join the party....but as for the producer exploiting them etc...those people signed on for this and I'm sure the cast of jersey shore doesn't mind look @ how much there paid

    November 10, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Tsahkratis

    Antiques Roadshow is actually pretty good.

    November 10, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  27. DAve

    Married 2 an Italian,she is not rude,loud,sweaty,jewelry wearin. Some of my cousin r puertorican n they fit that description. We continue these stereotypes by continuing to use these classifying terms. Break the cycle folks,love your neighbor. God loves you and so do I ! He dont care what we look or smell like, he just wants us 2 love him and each other.

    November 10, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  28. True Romance

    Italians are half eggplant.

    November 10, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  29. rick

    No one is forcing these stupid italians to go on these shows and make asses of themselves. Italians for the most part are loud,rude, and obnoxious. These groups just don't like the fact that their true nature is being televised to the entire country.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  30. @grammer_police

    It's a blog, and you have too many commas.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  31. grammer_police

    Hey, @shyneboogie, this is CNN, not a text message.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Chago

    haha wil im half italian and i think reality show r f@&:&ing gay so pls, stop being gay now

    November 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  33. shyneboogie

    Its tv nt ur history nor ur legacy its a fad its gonna pass. u shud put mre efforts w in ur community 2 remind and teach ur heritage history educate ppl and jus let em get their 15 minutes of fame

    November 10, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  34. da Funkee 1

    Qwitcher com-blitchin. There are other things on the tube. And...if u don't like what u c...develop the alternative. And I'm pretty sure those on TV r there cuz they wanna b. Just so happen the ones at the bottom of the barrel accepted. They got what they paid for.

    November 10, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  35. ashley

    Wow. Chill out DiMino, these people chose to be on these programs. If you don't like it, feel free to pick up your remote and change the channle. I'm sure antiques roadshow is on.

    November 10, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  36. marinegirl

    I know an italian who isnt any of those "stereotypes" at all. Not every italian wears gold chains or jogging suits.

    November 10, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  37. mike

    I'm italian-american. No, I don't look or act like these "stereotypes," not by a long shot. But am I offended? Absolutely not. Its friggin' entertainment!

    November 10, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Jwowwee

    not just her chest, but the rest of her body is beautiful too!

    November 10, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  39. byrdie

    Iam pretty sure that the cast members of Jersey Shore are legally retarded

    November 10, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  40. italianot

    Oh come on, if you're not all like that how come every Italian I know is? Gold chain wearing, sweaty, stupid pretty sure that's the standard model.

    November 10, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrea

      Funny...I'm Italian, and I have a PhD. Pretty stupid right? Additionally, I haven't donned a jogging suit since I was in the Seventh Grade, nor do I scream at my family.

      November 11, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  41. jessica

    Get the f*** over it! These people wouldn't do the show if they didn't want to first of all. So quit your b*******!

    November 10, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuck

      Exactly. No one is putting a gun to their heads. Actually it just proves what people will do for exposure and money

      November 11, 2010 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  42. Guido


    November 10, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  43. sel

    Ah quit your b!#&@in!

    November 10, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |

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