Perspectives on Race

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Jersey Shore

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It comes as a difficult confession for me, as I’m not normally one to give into senseless trends such as reality TV. Of late, however, I’ve found myself watching the show Jersey Shore frequently, looking forward to the next time it comes on, and even talking about it with friends. The show revolves around a group of young, Italian males (I believe) who are now affectionately referred to as “Guidos” based on traits such as very tan skin, built bodies, and flashy attire with ornate designs among other things. The term “Guido” seems like it would be highly offensive to some, especially those of Italian background who are generally linked to the stereotype. If it wasn’t already bad enough, the show itself frequently depicts the residents of the Jersey Beach condo partaking in questionable activities and making/taking rash decisions/actions. I’m ashamed of myself for enjoying such garbage programming, but in all honesty the show seems to be drawing more and more love to the “Guido” community so hopefully this makes it less offensive (even though I doubt it does). I hear people on a daily basis saying things like “I wish I were a ‘Guido’.” Facebook groups and surveys such as “Find your Jersey Shore nickname” pop up seemingly by the minute, and it seems like this stereotype has lovingly(?) seeped into our pop-culture. Nonetheless, calling people “Guidos” is stereotyping, and it should be taken with a grain of salt.


Written by iAnsw3R

January 31, 2010 at 4:38 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Jersey Shore takes every single Italian stereotype, and showcases them for 30 minutes. This show definitely makes it seem as if Italians are unclassy party animals;. The horrible thing about this show, is that you constantly hear the cast say…” This is what Italians do”. So why does MTV play these types of shows? This is the type of stuff that sells. People want to see Snooki get punched in the face or Mike (” The Situation”) hooking up with a different girl every night.


    February 3, 2010 at 4:27 pm

  2. Jersey Shore is a big waste of time and if I were Italian, I would find it extremely offensive and unrepresentative of such a rich culture. Why is America so enthralled with people that have absolutely nothing better to do with themselves? I feel that they must act that stupid because I find it hard to believe that they are actually that absent minded and ridiculous. Italians have had to overcome many stereotypes and now this. When is the cast’s 15 minutes of fame going to be over?


    February 6, 2010 at 2:06 am

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