On South Park, no one is safe from ridicule, and considering the ridiculous behaviors from the casts of Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of New Jersey, the Garden State reality stars seem long overdue for the Comedy Central treatment (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery). New Jersey’s most famous inhabitants were the subject of last night’s “It’s a Jersey Thing,” in which animated versions of the smush-loving, table-flipping gang moved to South Park, Colo. Jersey Shore‘s Snooki was seen as a snorting, crawling Pickle Monster, while Real Housewives‘ Teresa Giudice was a loud, foul-mouthed mother, whose husband Joe’s rippling biceps blinded his fellow dinner guests … so basically, they weren’t too far from their actual selves. All in all, the reality stars couldn’t be happier (a spoof is better than silence, no?) — or so some of them tell EW.
Former cast member Danielle Staub, who’s been portrayed as the villain of the series, got a laugh from the depiction of her former castmates. “I was pleasantly surprised it wasn’t just me being made fun of for a change,” Staub tells EW. “You realize you’re something else when you’re being made into a cartoon. It’s pretty funny.” Giudice, for her part, released a statement to EW saying she is “honored to be mocked by them,” yet considers herself lucky by default. “Poor Snooki though! I got off easy compared to her!”
Speaking of Snooki, the Jersey Shore cast took to their Twitter pages to respond to the episode:
Snooki: “Snooki want smoosh smoosh. Im going to have nightmares tonight lmao!!! we’ve officially made it.”
Vinny: “On the plane and just watched #SouthParkJerseyShore …All i have to say is OMFG AMAZING…my face was on southpark, im good now.”
The Situation: “Southpark Situation! Hilarious! Situationnation GTL”
Even RHONJ star Caroline Manzo, who revealed that she regularly shaves her face — it’s an exfoliant, people! — was a good sport about her lathered up, cartoon self. “Watching South Park, LOL, how crazy is that? PS…. I Love New Jersey, and yes, IT’S A JERSEY THING…. )”
Will New Jersey ever go out of style? “Not as long as I’m living and breathing,” Staub says. Was last night’s South Park the ultimate Jersey spoof? Snooki and The Situation have already been mocked on Saturday Night Live, but the Housewives left the door open for any future skits they may inspire. “I’m just waiting to be on SNL, The Simpsons, and Sesame Street, and my life will be complete,” Giudice says. And despite her tendency to press charges and file lawsuits, don’t rule out Danielle’s willingness to make fun of herself. “I think I might need to have something done on just me, on Saturday Night Live,” she says. “I could play me and the rest of the characters could be played by the cast of SNL [laughs].” Your move, Lorne Michaels.