While we all can’t get enough of the phenomenon called Jersey Shore, there are a few million people who are upset with the show—and they’re called the state of New Jersey.
State Senator Joseph F. Vitale is reportedly so annoyed by the misrepresentation of his people on the MTV show that he’s doing something about it! Vitale is demanding the show be pulled from the airwaves.
Vitale writes in a letter to Philippe Dauman, president and CEO of Viacom, MTV's mothership: "In your own words, 'MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom, doesn't just reflect popular culture—we shape it.' Jersey Shore is a fabrication created by MTV Networks and marketed to represent reality.”
"The intentional and encouraged use of ethnically derogatory terms to promote a television program with an Italian American cast is unconscionable," he continues. "Pejorative words including 'guido' and 'guidette' should have been discouraged by network management. In fact, their very use is a breach of Viacom's Global Business Practices Statement requiring a harassment-free workplace environment, standards every Viacom employee is expected to meet."
State lawmakers are calling on advertisers to follow the lead of Domino's Pizza and Dell and boycott Jersey Shore. MTV has yet to comment on this latest development.
We think everyone is just taking this show a little too seriously. Obviously the entire state of New Jersey isn’t run by people like Snooki and The Situation. It would be like believing all housewives are like the ones we see on Bravo!