'Jersey Shore': Italy is surprisingly not excited about impending arrival of young, drunk Americans


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Jersey Shore just wrapped up its third season with an aimless batch of nonsensical episodes featuring depressingly repetitive trips to nightclubs mixed in with depressingly repetitive relationship drama and depressingly copious alcohol consumption, which is coincidentally the exact plot description of the Italian film classic La Dolce Vita. So you would imagine that the Shore cast would fit right in over in Italy, where the fourth season is set to be shot. But you’d be wrong, dead wrong! As noted by Hollywood Reporter, the Italian media is beginning to sound off negatively about the impending invasion of the Shore tandroids. (Jersey Shore also just started airing over in Italy, which may explain the added ire.)Roberto Del Bove, columnist for the Roman newspaper New Notzie, said “They embody the worst stereotypes of Italians, multiplied by thousands and Americanized,” and it’s not clear if he means “Americanized” as a positive or a negative, or perhaps “Americanized” is an Italian slang term for “and then multiplied by thousands and thousands more.”

Another Rome newspaper, Corriere della Sera, described the show as “slicked hair, exaggerated narcissism, boundless love for the family and outlandish eccentricity,” which sort of makes Jersey Shore sound like a DreamWorks animated film, which, actually now that I mention it, it kind of is. Back in January, an Italian TV critic told the Wall Street Journal that he was afraid of the cast’s arrival, noting that “The image of Italy abroad is already weakened,” which is a nice way of saying that Italy’s government is currently run by a dude who allegedly enjoys partying with nightclub dancers and making an ungodly amount of money using extremely questionable tactics. Which, again, more or less sums up the cast of Jersey Shore. Maybe Italy is just trying to warn us about a potential dystopian future where reality TV personalities start to take over our government, in which case thanks very much Italy, but your warning has come too late.

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  • LOL

    Still amazed that anyone cares about this show.

    • TopherGracesucks

      At least Topher Grace isn’t on it

  • MissVampireDiaries

    Well,I still can’t wait. Bring on the drama and hot Italian men!

    • tad

      sigh– no, it’ll be skanky italian women.

  • SLB

    They embody the worst stereotypes of human beings. Why would anyone want the nasty, dirty pigs to storm their country? So sad this is what America has to offer.

    • HeyRetard

      Hey idiot it’s just a television show. Go outside and enjoy life before you die, freakin hater

      • YouHaveNoBraincells

        I’m sure he will enjoy life outside because trashy reality shows that depict the lives of trashy, classless mental midgets is all television has to offer. I’d rather go outside and enjoy life than waste it watching the mindless garbage your small mind enjoys. What is sad is that people actually mimick these idiots. Ratings are succesfull so that says a lot about the intelligence in this country, though I think some people watch this god awful cr@p bcuz it’s funny to smart people that people actually behave like this.

  • Fred

    let’s hope they like the wine so much that they stay there.

  • Liz Lemon

    Well I don’t think anyone expected Italy to react differently. lol.

  • JP

    Like Jeff Ross told the Situation on the recent Roast of Donald Trump, “I hope this is just a sneaky way for MTV to deport all of you”. . .

    • Dani

      Hahaha…I didn’t hear that one.

  • Summer Bay

    Of course they are reacting like this unlike the cast & the people who watch that trash, they have class.

    • Liz Lemon

      Hey I watch that trash. lol.
      It’s addicting. But I’m looking forward to seeing them in Italy…it will be interesting. Just as long as Snooki doesn’t get drunk and drown in a river.

      • YouHaveNoBraincells

        See. A smart person entertained by the antics of morons. Jwoww is the only one with a moral compass on that show.

  • Mark

    Here’s the deal: Italian stereotypes in North America in Italy are 60yrs passe. I live in Toronto, massive Italian community, but when they go back they’re amazed how progressive everything actually is. Italian immigrants brought their traditions to N.A. & kept to them… in Italy, the traditions kept evolving, so they’re apples & oranges now.

  • DRG

    No wonder the rest of the world hates us so much.

  • RayT

    Yes, Europe is known for not favoring people who smoke, drink, and laze around all day.

    • Nelly

      Racist much?

  • tracy bluth

    I’m sure Uncle Sitch is old enough to remember Caesar’s reign as Emperor. Or he just looks that old…

    • Mr. Holloway

      Et tu, Grenade?

  • OOBMike

    The Jersey Shore cast should go on tour with Charlie Sheen…”The Big F*cking Wastes Of Life” Tour.

    • Caroline W

      with an appearance by kate gosselin!

  • Marissa

    Ahh not to be annoying but the Corriere della Sera is the newspaper of Milan, not Rome. I spent last semester studying abroad in Milan and all the Italian people I met could not understand the appeal of Jersey Shore or why it is considered so “cool” to be Italian in America. Snooki and Co. are going to be a disaster in Italia…

  • Zeke

    If they cross the Mafia over there, then they’re good as done especially if those two jackwads named Snooki and that mamaluke meathead Situation get out of control.

  • Jemma

    wanna see snooki or deena hook up with berlesconi and make a sex tape…listen up girls, ythink kim kardashian got famous by getting nekkied with rayj – get berlusconi in the smush room and youll be set for life

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