MTV Asked to Cancel 'Jersey Shore' by Italian-American Group
MTV was asked by Italian-American group UNICO to cancel their latest reality series Jersey Shore citing it as "trash television" for its misrepresentation of Italian-Americans in a decidedly offensive manner. Premiering on December 3, Jersey Shore follows the lives of "guidos" who, "keep their hair high, their muscles juiced and their fists pumping all summer long[,]" according to the promotional ad at least.
UNICO National President Andre DiMino declared the show offensive after promos with the tagline "hottest, tannest, craziest Guidos" aired. Outraged at the use of the term "guido" as a promotional device, National Italian American Foundation president Joseph Del Raso stated,
"We find this program alarming in that it attempts to make a direct connection between 'guido culture' and Italian-American identity."
MTV contends that Jersey Shore, as with the network's other reality programming, documents young people's rights of passage and asserts, "the Italian-American cast takes pride in their ethnicity."
What do you think? Is Jersey Shore any more offensive than other MTV programs?