The Jersey Shore kids have a cult following in the United States but they still sparked controversy with some Italian American groups who feel they represent some bad stereotypes of the Italian community. That sentiment isn't any different by various critics and public figures in Italy so the cast may not be met with open arms when they arrive to tape season four.
According to The Huffington Post: The hit MTV reality show, which features larger than life characters such as The Situation and Snooki, hard-partying twenty somethings proud of their mostly Italian genealogical and cultural heritage, has finally hit airwaves in Italy. And it's being met with outrage.
Roberto Del Bove, a columnist for a newspaper Rome, wrote that the show's stars "embody the worst stereotypes of Italians, multiplied by thousands and Americanized," according to the NY Post. A number of other columnists and editorials have slammed the show, as have viewers speaking out over the internet.
The show received heavy criticism when it first came out in the United States in 2009; a national Italian-American organization, UNICO, called it "trash television."
The show's cast will head to Italy to film the fourth season, which reignited UNICO's anger. In January, they said, "People used to go to the circus to see the freak show – that is what this will be... It will not only hurt Italians but all Americans … their outrageous, reprehensible behavior will make us look like buffoons and bimbos."
A few things...
One: This won't hurt all Americans because people judge based on appearance because we are visual. If someone looks at an African American, Asian American, Latino or even a White American who looks nothing like what people tend to stereotype as typical Italian, they won't be judged that way.
Two: Anyone who has traveled and actually watched TV abroad knows that crap comes on TV everywhere. Jersey Shore certainly won't be the trashiest show on in Italy.
Three: Italian Americans protested Jersey Shore and it still aired and blew up Stateside so the chances of Italy shutting it down might actually be slim and viewers will probably be into it.
Four: How much you want to bet that season five also tapes in Italy because it gets that big?