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MTV’s Jersey Shore has been an embarrassment to Italian Americans since its inception.  It’s no surprise that Wall Street Journal writer Stacy Meichtry  says that the casting of Jersey Shore in Florence, Italy , is creating a “culture clash.”  In the story, which appears on the front page of today’s Journal, Meichtry writes that the Jersey shore cast is getting “a cold shoulder in Italy.”   The cultural superintendent for the city of Florence, has banned the Jersey Shore cast from filming in any of the city’s hallowed museum.”   Andre Dimino, former president of UNICO, a national Italian American group, has branded Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi as the country’s worst ever export after she crashed into an Italian police car this weekend.  “She really is the lowest of the low and will do anything for attention, even hitting a police car.”  “She is our worst ever export and is an embarrassment for Italian Americans and our whole country.” said Dimino to a reporter.  We are sure Italians will agree!

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UNICO National, one of the many national Italian- American organizations speaking against MTV’s portrayal of Italian Americans in the “reality” series “Jersey Shore,” is holding a “Summit On the Shore: Anti-Italianism – MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore’ and a Whole Lot More.” UNICO President Andre DiMino said that “It’s only appropriate that we bring this to the place where this abomination of a TV show was filmed.”

We applaud UNICO’s advocacy during the past several months.  Their press releases have been well-circulated, so much so, ironically, that they may have helped make “Jersey Shore” one of MTV’s most watched shows. Now, however, we need to move beyond MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and find, as former OSIA national president Joseph Sciame recently said, a “national spokesperson who can rally us together.”   

We believe the “Jersey Shore” experience should be the catalyst that finally drives the leadership of the national Italian-American organizations to come together and speak with one voice.  Until then, nothing will change, and the usual fragmentation of national Italian American groups will persist.

We applaud the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College, CUNY, for presenting a colloquium on “Guido an Italian-American Youth Style” with Donald Tricarico and Johnny DeCarlo.

 Finally, once again, we raise the question– directed this time to the leadership of our national Italian American organizations–Why does the Italian-American Congressional Delegation continue to be silent on MTV’s “Jersey Shore”?

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Have you heard any comments or criticism by the Congressional Italian-American delegation regarding MTV’s degrading show “Jersey Shore”?  The delegation is co-chaired by Rep. Bill Pascrell, who coincidentally represents New Jersey’s Eighth District, and Rep. Pat Tiberi from Ohio.  Their silence is deafening.  If you know whether they have commented on the program, please share it with this blog.

On the other hand, Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito recently lashed out at the media, accusing them of using the Mafia to “slander Italian-Americans.” Alito also took a swipe at the entertainment industry for the “perversely romantic” image of the Mafia it has “shamefully promulgated.” Thumbs up to Alito!

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Have you heard any comments or criticism by the Congressional Italian-American delegation regarding MTV’s degrading show “Jersey Shore”?  The delegation is co-chaired by Rep. Bill Pascrell, who coincidentally represents New Jersey’s Eighth District, and Rep. Pat Tiberi from Ohio.  Their silence is deafening.  If you know whether they have commented on the program, please share it with this blog.

On the other hand, Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito recently lashed out at the media, accusing them of using the Mafia to “slander Italian-Americans.” Alito also took a swipe at the entertainment industry for the “perversely romantic” image of the Mafia it has “shamefully promulgated.” Thumbs up to Alito!

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We thought to reprint the comments that Carmen posted earlier on this blog.  We suspect that most Italian Americans share Carmen’s view.

What a bunch of idiots. I thought it would be fun to laugh at them, but it’s more sad than funny. The show is put together poorly and it’s obvious that MTV thinks people will watch anything with shock value. Do these people even work?

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy watching “ethnic” Italians; I am one. My family is hilarious also, but these people are devoid of any respect or dignity. These characters make mobsters look like Rhodes scholars.

I’d rather watch a show like Cake Boss, which features hard working, entertaining people with a strong sense of family. They’re funny, as they remind me of my own family, but they’re talented and grounded.

Jersey Shore is an insult to Italians, to young people, to the people of New Jersey, and to viewers in general.

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We thought to reprint the comments that Carmen posted earlier on this blog.  We suspect that most Italian Americans share Carmen’s view.

What a bunch of idiots. I thought it would be fun to laugh at them, but it’s more sad than funny. The show is put together poorly and it’s obvious that MTV thinks people will watch anything with shock value. Do these people even work?

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy watching “ethnic” Italians; I am one. My family is hilarious also, but these people are devoid of any respect or dignity. These characters make mobsters look like Rhodes scholars.

I’d rather watch a show like Cake Boss, which features hard working, entertaining people with a strong sense of family. They’re funny, as they remind me of my own family, but they’re talented and grounded.

Jersey Shore is an insult to Italians, to young people, to the people of New Jersey, and to viewers in general.

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