Pop Culture: MTV’s “Jersey Shore” Cast Heading to Italy

29 Mar


I am not a big reality TV fan, by any means, but no matter how hard I try, I can’t avoid the craze that surrounds MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” My co-workers love it, every major news outlet reports on it, heck, even Snookie was on my flight to LA last month. It is EVERYWHERE!

Now the cast is heading to Italy, one of my favorite places on Earth, and the locals are not-to-happy about this at all. Haven’t been following the news? Check out this recent Huffington Post article or Hollywood Reporter.

I’m curious to see what sort of welcome they are going to give the cast. After all, these are the kids who have made a career out of poking fun at ignorant Italian stereotypes.

I lived in Italy for 4 months and know first hand that Italians are NOTHING like what you see on shows like “The Sopranos” and “Jersey Shore.” They are warm, friendly, smart people who respect their culture and history (don’t even get me started on their food and wine…). Knowing how passionate they are about their heritage, I’m curious to see how this will all pan out. Will the locals welcome the cast with open arms, plates full of pasta and homemade gelato? Or will they give them a less-than-stellar experience while filming abroad?

I’m thinking this is all likely just hype built up by the media. Italians are lovers, not fighters. With a little bit of first-hand experience under their belts, I’m sure the cast will come back with a little more respect for the people they so often poke fun at. What do you think?


2 Responses to “Pop Culture: MTV’s “Jersey Shore” Cast Heading to Italy”

  1. BK March 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    When I first heard about the cast going to Italy I thought it was a joke. I can’t imagine this is going to go well for them. But I think it might end up being good for the Italian people. Now the world will easily be able to compare these human cartoons to real Italians. Hopefully some of these guido stereotypes will be able to be dis-proven.

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