Skip to comments.EXCLUSIVE: Italian American Group Consult Attorneys to Sue MTV's Jersey Shore
Posted on 02/17/2010 10:59:14 AM PST by Perdogg
A national American-Italian group are considering legal action against MTV over their controversial hit Jersey Shore, RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal.
UNICO (the National American-Italian Service Organization) president Andre Dimino has revealed that they have consulted attorneys because they are fed-up with MTVs portrayal of young Italian Americans as booze-fueled hellraisers.
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In response to these wretched stereotypes, UNICO is demanding a lifetime supply of spray-on tan and hairspray as repayment for the insult.
I can’t wait to hear what law is being broken — should be a doozy. It should also be thrown out of court.
I dont get it. What law is being broken?
White guys are portrayed as idiots on TV all day long.
Fogetaboutit. Crazy stunads with guido gold and capicola sandwiches.
they need to shut up haven’t they heard it is alright to mock and make fun of white Christian straight males and females.
honestly they need to get wit the programme
I'm embarrassed for them.
They look way dumber than the dopes on the show.
When Ian Fleming wrote the original script for Thunderball, the plot was going to have an American air force officer steal a nuclear device for the mafia. His American friend told Ian that American audiences would recoil at a traitorous Airman and that italians would be offended at the mafia reference. Ian removed the reference to the airman but left the mafia in and said, if italians are offended over the mafia then maybe they should do something about it.
I just don’t understand how they got the lead singer of Depeche Mode to be in that show...lol
It seems well-intended, but as stupid as the show must be.
Don’t you think snookie is hot? ;)
As an American of Italian ancestry, I don’t think MTV is exploiting The Jersey Shore gang because they are Italian.
I think they are being exploited because they are gullible idiots. That quality knows no ethnic boundary! :-)
Many of the puns I would like to make would get me banned.
It does seem greatly ironic that MTV can publish Black violent rap movies with impunity, but if MTV wants to let young, well, Irish-Americans in on the “fun” then they end up rousing Irish tempers. You’d think the black community would tire of this schtick some day.
Does anyone else remember the “Santo Gold” infomercials?
“Initially, the villains were the Russians, but after the first draft the villains became the Mafia, which had become topical following the Apalachin Meeting. Finally the villains became the terrorist organisation SPECTRE.”
I grew up in North Jersey and used to hitch hike down the shore in highschool, crashing on the Seaside Heights beach.
The guidos were everywhere. And they were predominantly, but by no means, exclusively Italian. I knew plenty of Greek, Jewish, hispanic, Irish and mid-eastern guidos. Seriously, you wouldn't believe how many mid-eastern guidos there are. I remember the Haboush brothers with their matching IROCs!
It's all about the hair gel, the cheesy cars, the dumb accent and the stupid clothes. Oh, and you have to be an idiot in every way, or you're out of the club.
Yes, but according to the “Battle for Bond” Ian Fleming was obsessed with the Mafia according to Ian’s friend Ernest Cuneo. In fact the novel Thunderball has the nuclear weapons being stolen by Giusseppe Petuchi who assign to Italy’s NATO contigent.
That would be "gabbagool' sanwishiz", cafon'...
I agree. I know several people like the folks on Jersey Shore. They’re perfectly real. There’s nothing uniquely or essentially ‘Italian’ about it, though.
These Jersey Shore folks are being exploited, sure, but it’s because they are idiots.
I’ve said for years that these ‘reality shows’ (that aren’t very real at all) are the modern evolution of Carnival sideshows. Modern sensibilities prevent promoters from exploiting deformed people as ‘freaks,’ but these types of shows have the same basic sense of spectacle and promotion that old time freak shows.
Nicky, Giuseppe, and Carlo have a sit down with Moe Greene at the Tropicana; they're getting take-out from the Vannelli brothers.
I understood that perfectly, LOL! Speaking of which, the CIC and VP are "cafons" of the first order.
Idiots,,, if you don’t like freedom of speech go back to italy. This is like indians thinking they magically get the right to dictate who says what about indians. If i want to name my team the “wild indians”,,that my right. Same with the italians and anybody else.
They are free to produce a show showing us how italian youths really act like little tee-totalling saints. Get busy boys,,,,
cafon - 1 definition - a stupid, red-neck hick who doesn’t know any better. A backward person with no social skills, manners
Since this is a "reality show", how is this a "portrayal"? They are just filming people who are being themeselves without a script...
Did they also sue the producers of The Sopranos? If not, why not?
I had NO idea that being fed-up was a reason to sue.
America, get some tougher skin, for God'sake.
No kidding. Following their logic, they should also sue the producers and directors of:
A Bronx Tale
The Last Don
This may explain the recent stories claiming the Jersey Shore clowns are not all Italian.
I have been to Seaside Heights, NJ a million times...They need to face facts...Guido’s and Guidettes are real. If this Italian club wants to start changing the stereotype they should start at their own dinner tables.
They need to get over it and stop being so thin-(olive)-skinned. There are more things to get worked up about then the way goumba’s are portrayed on TV.
I’m sure you saw this already... gee whiz.
It’s kind of cool to see the ultraliberal MTV being hit for being intolerant. Otherwise, they should do what I do and just never tune in. Me? I’ll be watching Cake Boss.
Need to get a life. Actually, the state of NJ division of tourism should be suing as only ONE of the people on this STUPID show are even FROM New Jersey.
The terms "red-neck" and "hick" are out of place. "Cafone" is an Italian expression chiefly used by people who live in italian-ethnic American communities that sprang up after the turn of the prior century, i.e. the 1900s. I have heard Italian-descended residents of Philadelphia's Italian Market area use it to mean someone "who just came off the boat" [from poverty-striken rural Italy].
So the "naive, stupid, uneducated" or "rural" aspects of the definition do apply, as well as an overtone of "does not yet know how to act in America", but Italian peasants have never been known by the terms "red-neck" or "hick."
"Red-neck" and "hick originated in the American South of a much earlier time, 1840 and before, when Scots-Irish people from Ulster migrated to America, according to historian Arthur Herman in How the Scots Invented the Modern World. "Red-neck" was a term of anti-Presbyterian mockery used by wealthy English-descended cotton plantation owners, who were Anglicans and were also the power elite of the colonies and pre-Civil War America. Presbyterian pastors wore a red collar to distinguish themselves from Anglican priests; hence the term "red-neck." That term later became generalized to apply to any Scots-Irish or white-skinned (easily sunburned) farm laborer in the south who was neither wealthy nor upper-class (i.e. English-descended).
"Hick" is also an expression from the Anglo-Celt American South of an earlier time, not associated with Italians, or particularly the Italians who arrived on boats to the major port cities of New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore at the turn of the 20th century and set up "Little Italy" conclaves in those cities.
Second- and third-generation Italian-Americans of the 1940s through 1990s who continued to live in urban Italian enclaves used the term "cafone" to try to set themselves apart as more knowlegeable and more Americanized. Many forbade their children to speak Italian, referring to it as "greaseball" language. They wanted to fit in and become recognized as fully American in a culture that whose elites were then Anglo-Saxon and whose ruling class within their Catholic churches were the waves of Irish immigrants who had preceded them. One of the indignant expressions I heard frequently in Philadelphia's Italian Market was "I was born and raised here!" in any dispute over customs, behavior, territory or rights within the community.
Awesome information. You must be in academia or some well-read Ph.D. (I am neither!)
Just a master’s. But I do read all the time. I spent whatever I had educating all the men in my family.
Thanks for the primer! In our family, the use of the word cafon was used primarily for people who acted in ways unbecoming, which gave us great practice for describing the current administration.
It's apt! Compared to Washington, they are straight off the Chicago turnip truck.
LOL! Yes, it would ;)
Thanks for the ping :)
Great post, Albion Wilde.
South Philly, Wildwood, Margate (and other Shore Points). Oh the memories.
We watched the show. Snookie and her poof, Pauly D and his blow out, lol.
I'm sorry to say I have missed it so far. I do hope to catch some re-runs and see what all the controversy is about.
I agree that many Italian-American kids who never leave the neighborhood can be adversely influenced by media stereotypes -- which seem to focus only on the small percentage of Italian-Americans who are criminals or "guidos."
The far larger percentage talian-Americans are hard-working people, mostly Catholic or Christian in their social morality, strong, earthy, artistic, enthusiastic and fun-loving, who make (and have always made) a great contribution to America in every walk of life.