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Jersey Shore comes to the UK

There was a bit of a ruckus in the States recently over MTV reality TV programme Jersey Shore, which was set in a Seaside Heights, New Jersey neighbourhood full of what were charmingly referred to as ‘Guidos’, or muscular and promiscuous young Italian Americans. During its first season (which finished on 21 January in The States) The National Italian American Foundation called it ‘a disgrace’ and claimed that the cast's ‘outrageous behaviour’ was ‘laden with promiscuity, debauchery, and violence’. Brilliant, right? Wrong.

‘This programme and its characters had more in common with the adolescent residents of Animal House than with Italian Americans,’ said Joseph V. Del Raso, president of NIAF. ‘Television personality Joy Behar perceptively remarked, ‘It makes it hard for young Italian Americans to be taken seriously in the work force.’ This concern is even more salient in places around the country where there are few Italian Americans.’

However, it pulled in 4.8million viewers for its first season finale, and not only are MTV planning a second season, MTV UK are going to broadcast the first one from 21 March. Which goes to show that respect for peoples of different ethnicities and backgrounds goes right out of the window when it comes to ratings and cold, hard cash. Equality? Fuggeddabowdid.

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