The wait is over...the second season of Jersey Shore kicks off Thursday night, and while we've seen a lot of photos of the cast filming in Miami (and more than we probably should have on the part of Snooki's), creators have assures us that the sophomore run will have 1,000 times more drama, 1,000 times more fights, make-ups, breakups. Great!
During my normal scan of what was happening online today, I couldn’t help but notice the buzz around the Season Two kickoff of Jersey Shore. REALLY? People still watch this crap? Following eight Italian-Americans who toss the term Guido around pretty liberally, isn’t my idea of good TV. I know television is no stranger to racial stereotyping, but seeing it in action this way is appalling.
Do people really enjoy watching Snooki getting punched in the face by another cast member (apparently MTV is cool with Guido domestic violence)? Guys obsessed with their (likely steroid enhanced) bodies, and the overly gelled, chemical laced remnants of what used to be their hair. Not to mention the girls who are just about as bad, only they wear far more revealing clothes and for some reason are incredibly attracted to men with no personalities. They all go tanning. They're all out looking to hook-up and have a good lay. They all drink to excess. They cheat on their boyfriends and girlfriends. As far as this show is concerned, partying is life. Even if these people are totally different in their private lives, this show has completely ruined their characters. That said how the hell are they cool with being branded as idiotic ‘Guidos’?
Although I know this is probably entertaining for many people, I'm sure there are those that find these types of people really attractive, or like to watch how complete imbeciles choose to live their lives. Maybe some people just want to know what it's like to vacation on the Jersey shore? Honestly, all this show does is promote a life of heavy partying and sex. This time, rather than following the lives of the privileged, they're following the lives of people who try to emulate the privileged. The worst part of all of this is not its moral and racial insensitivity, but the fact that the MTV carries the show knowing who watches their programming: impressionable teenagers.
So here's my question to you: why do stations like MTV continue to promote people engaging in such questionable activities?