“The Situation” with Jersey Shore

Courtesy of Anthony Pivarnick

Briana Erickson, Arts & Entertainment Editor

It’s 9:59 on a Thursday night.

The aroma of popcorn with extra butter.

The comforting warmth of a Cheetah print Snuggie.

 The faint, monotonous sound of commercials buzzing.

40 seconds.

30 seconds.


The most beloved hour of the week is about to commence.

The hour where anticipation grows wild.

The atmosphere listed above is just a simple slice of pie in the myriad of descriptions related to symptoms of the latest disease circulating our country.

Jersey Shore withdrawals and addictions have plagued teenagers around the country for some time now.

And, the disease in each of its unfortunate inhabitants has been left untreated.

The show, when not being bleeped out continuously with censorship, is primarily about Italian Americans living in New Jersey, who invent phrases that dominate the modern teenager’s vocabulary today. Words such as “T-Shirt time” and “GTL” (Gym Tan Laundry) are used at least a handful of times through the day by dozens of different people.

The drunken situations that our new best friends, which include Snooki, with the legendary “poof” hair and the obnoxious personality we all know and love, Pauly D, Vinny, Ronny, and other cast members, encounter helps us to forget about the reality of our own lives. It is obvious that we would much rather watch the scripted “reality” of the lives of these new best friends.

The show has been criticized by many as being about a bunch of drunk guidos and/or orange skinned Oompa Loompas running around. Yet, the millions of adolescent viewers have never ceased to tune in every week.

The series’ cast is more interested in how good they look, how much hair gel is accumulated in their “doe”, or how much muscles to have in order to ensue the nickname “The Situation” for lower abs, like cast member Mike Sorrentino. According to Telegraph, entertainment website,Pauly D, 28, explains: “[Being a guido] is a lifestyle. It’s being Italian, it’s representing family, friends, tanning, gel, everything.”

Well, with this kind of label as to what constitutes “being Italian,” the show provides a bad name for both Italians and residents of New Jersey.  The show, according to Mailonline.com, an entertainment website, was banned from filming in many historic gems in the city of Florence, Italy.  Indeed, their charades are so extremely over the top that the series also angered groups such as the National Italian American Foundation, which accused the producers of racial stereotyping.

As the casts’ misconduct escalated, several advertisers, including Domino’s Pizza, also pulled their ads. All this ruckus of major foundations becoming red in the face naturally made the ratings for the show skyrocket even more.  Thus, the show continues to encourage more viewers by setting a standard that glamorizes defying the law.

What viewers need to learn is that this “Reality TV” show is scripted and most definitely not demonstrating the real consequences of partaking in these activities in real life, the parts that MTV doesn’t film.

But, who’s really to blame for the amplified mess created by this reality TV show?

The producers for creating such an atrocious example of human kind?

Or us, the teenagers, and the viewers, for condoning MTV’s actions and supporting the demoralization of the human race?

Both are to blame.

But, for now, I guess we can just say that when a trend is a trend, it doesn’t go out of style until the fat lady sings.

Or, in this case, Snooki.