If you didn't have a chance to watch the series premiere of "Jersey Shore" last week, tonight's your chance to watch some of this ridiculous show. Now it doesn't surprise me that some people would be "offended" by this show, I never would think and entire organization would be offended. (See this article for more info: http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story/mtv-programming-chief-defends-jersey-shore_1125307)
I mean, were they offended by “The Sopranos” and “The Godfather”? Are they offended every time a derogatory remark is made against any Italian? What about other races or cultures? I couldn’t image what a boring, slow moving culture we would live in if these type of people actually had a greater effect in the media.
Would you really watch the show if someone normal looking/acting was playing "Snooki"?
Tony DiSanto, the MTV Programming President, explains how boring the show would be with run of the mill characters. It is TV for a reason. Do you think people would watch a show with “normal” people? Most of us watch fictional TV because we want to see what’s different and so we can step out of reality after dealing with reality the rest of the day. Even for those of us that watch “non-fictional” TV, we are watching to see something new and/or extreme examples of what we would normally see. Documentaries usually exhibit new information that we may not have previously known, while "Reality" shows provide extreme examples of human interactions. I quote "Reality" because I caution users to believe there are merely hidden cameras following around people with the cameras and directors having no influence on the situations and interactions. Why would we want to watch what we already see throughout the rest of the day? We want something different, which usually means extreme:
The show, nor anyone on the show claims that the characters represent an entire population, i.e. Italian Americans. We each have a certain amount of effort that we can physically, mentally, and emotionally exert each day. The question becomes: what is the most effective use of our time that can either help us or others? Is this Italian-American organization really spending their time as effectively as possible? I’ll let you be the judge.