On last night’s episode of Jersey Shore, the guidos and guidettes from Seaside ran into some serious drama in Florence. They hit the club as they always do, but this time the locals turned against them, seemingly for no reason. This isn’t the first time this has happened to the Shore kids. Remember in season one when a bunch of random club chicks called Snooki fat and tried to pick a fight with JWoww? I don’t know about you, but when I go out drinking, I don’t usually get verbally assaulted by random bar patrons. So what gives?
The fact is, the “reality” of Jersey Shore is far from real. For reasons unknown, MTV insists on feeding us the myth that these folks are just like you and I. But the fact is, they’re famous…and polarizing. Everywhere they go, people know who they are and have strong opinions on them, one way or another. If any of the cast members have stopped by your hometown for a club appearance, you know that they rarely set foot outside of the VIP room. Yet, when they’re filming, they have to party with the masses for maximum drama. It’s just like when you go out, except for the massive camera crew and security team.
Did you notice the random Italian following the guys around as they got escorted from the club last night? He was clearly a fan, but the producers made every effort to edit him out of the show. The question is: why? We know these people are famous, so why do they expect us to ignore it? There was a time when Jersey Shore was a show about average, every day guidos just trying to put their lips on as many shot glasses and genitals as possible over the course of one magic summer on the boardwalk. That time has long since passed, and now it’s a show about a bunch of millionaires who struggling to cope with their overnight fame. Doesn’t that sound way more interesting? Why can’t we watch that show?
On last night’s episode, The Situation talked about going his own way when he got back to the States and not following his roommates to Seaside. The house responded with a collective, “Good. Peace out,” and you can’t blame them given his rampant douce-baggery over the past year, but the show asked us so ignore an important element of the drama.
If you had a co-worker who was walking away from the world’s easiest multi-million a year job, wouldn’t you try to talk him out of it, even if he was kind of a dick? Fine, I can accept that they hate Mike that much, but at this point, pretty much everyone on the show has threatened to walk away, and the only arguments we see are, “But we love you!” when you know there’s a whole lot of, “Are you insane? You wanna go back to working at Sbarro?!” going on off-camera.
The producers of Shore wanted to minimize the fame element, and they got away with it for the first couple seasons, but now it’s just ridiculous. We see these people on talk shows and read about their run-ins with Leonardo DiCaprio. Asking us to pretend their average Joes is not only insulting, it doesn’t make any sense! At this point, the show is down-playing the most interesting aspect of their lives. I, for one, hope that in the inevitable slew of spin-offs we get to see The Sitch sleaze his way down a red carpet. Make-up on the abs and all.