It was announced Tuesday that Jersey Shores’ fourth series will be filmed in Italy, with filming due to start this spring. It didn’t take long for the complaints to come over this change. But people aren’t upset about the US losing the filming; it’s Italian American groups angry about the foul-mouthed, badly behaved portrayal of their peers being taken over to Italy.
“It affects the image of all Americans, not only Italian Americans,” says Joseph V. Del Raso, National Italian American Foundation’s President. He is confident, though, that Italians will not be watching the show for long. Their ‘good taste’ will prevail, he states.
Carlo Sclafani, Westchester Coalition of Italian American Organization’s co-president feels the show’s negatively stereotypical portrayal of Italian Americans will only be made worse by filming in Italy. Neither nor Americans nor Italians will win, he says.
Jersey Shore has previously been under attack for a warped representation of Italian American culture and the way it uses the offensive term of “guidos”.
“I’m not sure which group is more pathetic: the show itself or those who watch it!” Harsh words from Aileen Riotto Sirey, founder of the usually tolerant National Organization of Italian American Woman. They deride Jersey Shore, which regularly features bar brawls, binge drinking and offensive language as nothing more than a freak show.
MTV refused to comment on the second firestorm to hit Jersey Shore in less than two years but said shooting it in Italy will give the show ‘fresh spin’.