Friday, November 27, 2015

Italy to TV's Jersey Shore: No, Grazie

The hard-partying guidos and guidettes may not get a warm welcome back in the old country.

Italy to TV’s Jersey Shore: No, Grazie

The ´Jersey´ crew may not be met with a warm welcome in Italy.
The 'Jersey' crew may not be met with a warm welcome in Italy.

‘Jersey Shore’ has just started airing on Italian TV. And the natives aren’t feeling it.

A columnist in ‘New Notzie’, a newspaper in Rome, wrote, ‘They embody the worst stereotypes of Italians, multiplied by thousands and Americanized.’ Hey, leave us out of this.

The crass reality show is more popular than ever over here. The third season finale, which was shown on MTV last week, drew 7.6 million viewers, up almost 20% from last season.

It was announced some time ago that the primarily Italian-American cast of Jersey Shore will shoot the fourth season in Italy.

That should be a volatile culture clash. I doubt Ronnie, the Situation, Deena and JWoww will be visiting many museums.

Who knows? Italy may warm to the 'Jersey' crew once they see them in person. Snooki, after all, is like a combination of Gina Lollobrigida and a Smurfette. Bene.  

How do you say, 'Where's the nearest tanning salon' in Italian?

What do you think? Will these ugly Americans be embraced? 

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