UNICO National Prepares for Action Opposing MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore’ Second Season
FAIRFIELD, N.J., April 19 /PRNewswire/ — In light of announcements of a second season at Seaside Heights, UNICO National President Andre’ DiMino promised a renewed battle against MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” which stereotyped and degraded Italian Americans.
“If MTV continues to degrade and stereotype Italian Americans, then we’ll fight back,” DiMino said, noting that UNICO, the nation’s largest Italian American service organization, received thousands of calls, letters and emails of support, and gained membership for taking on the show last year.
“Quite frankly, MTV had a field day at the expense of Italian Americans with the ‘Jersey Shore’ cast of bimbos, buffoons and their deplorable antics,” DiMino said. “However, we’re not done fighting yet.”
DiMino noted that UNICO members would likely prepare for some protesting of their own at Seaside Heights, noting UNICO already sponsored a packed rally over the winter at the shore town, focusing on anti-bias efforts and “Jersey Shore.”
“We’re exploring our options,” DiMino noted.
DiMino took exception with statements from Seaside Heights Borough Administrator John Camera, who thinks the show is a positive for the community.
Camera stated in the press that “the magnitude of the audience they’ve reached has been well worth some of the negative aspects of it. Most people who are thoughtful realize, because they are watching a reality TV show, that’s not what most of the people in the town are like.”
DiMino stated, “Camera not only chooses to sell out the Italian American community for a few quick bucks today, but fails to see the long-term damage a show like ‘Jersey Shore’ does to a community like Seaside that has been trying to shed negative perceptions for years. Thanks to his shortsightedness, these negative perceptions will continue to hound the community, perhaps now, in perpetuity. I sympathize with the decent homeowners, residents and families who must endure the stereotyping and whose community has been stigmatized by this show. After all, that’s what ‘Jersey Shore’ has done to Italian Americans.”
DiMino was baffled by Camera’s comments supporting a permit allowing MTV filming in Seaside Heights.
“The cast engaged in nudity, broke laws, got arrested, beat up bar-goers and boozed their way through town,” DiMino said. “They got sued and created potential liability for the town. What else do they have to do before they decide not to grant permits – murder someone?”
UNICO’s opposition to “Jersey Shore” created a tidal wave of critical articles about MTV and “Jersey Shore” from hundreds of media outlets worldwide. UNICO’s efforts also resulted in numerous sponsors withdrawing advertising, including T-Mobile, Dell, Domino’s Pizza and Zappos.
UNICO National, founded in 1922, the nation’s largest Italian American service organization, has local chapters throughout America. Its volunteer members support charitable, educational & community service projects while promoting Italian heritage and combating negative stereotyping. http://www.unico.org.
Contact: Sebastian D'Elia UNICO National Communications Director 908-770-3662
SOURCE UNICO National