Italy natives upset 'Jersey Shore' plans to film fourth season in Italy
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/31/2011
Italy natives are apparently just as stirred up as their Italian-American brethren about MTV's plans to film the fourth season of Jersey Shore in their country.
Although the network has released few details about what the cast's adventures in Italy will entail, drinking heavily, sexual activity and loud public displays are sure to be part of their itinerary abroad.
"That's the last thing we need," Beppe Severgnini, a prominent Italian commentator, toldThe Wall Street Journal, adding that he's "not worried about the characters feeling out of place."
According to The Journal, Italians may not be ready for the invasion of the cultural phenomenon that is Jersey Shore.
"I'm afraid," Aldo Grasso, a TV critic for Corriere della Sera, Italy's biggest daily newspaper, told The Journal. "The image of Italy abroad is already weakened."
While many Italians reportedly deem the cast's wardrobe to be too risque and provocative for their standards, the cast will apparently still be accepted into Italy's nightlife scene.
"We let Americans in even if they have a different style and culture," Stefano Volpe, manager of the VIP Roman night club Babel, told The Journal.
Last week, UNICO, the country's largest Italian-American service organization, also voiced its displeasure about MTV's plans for the reality show's next season.
"It will not only hurt Italians but all Americans. Their outrageous, reprehensible behavior will make us look like buffoons and bimbos," a UNICO representative said.
"People used to go to the circus to see the freak show. That is what this will be."