The following picture will probably make you sick in about 5 seconds…
…and yet this is how Italian-American people are lately represented. By this time, everyone knows what Jersey Shore is, so we can easily understand why it’s considered the most controversial MTV’s show ever.
Besides the fact that they embody the classic stereotypes linked to Italian-Americans, such as mummy’s boys, anti-intellectual, polished and so on, these guys constantly use the terms guidos and guidettes to define themselves…but let me show you two “notable” quotes belonging to some of the protagonists:
“I was born and raised a guido. It’s just a lifestyle, it’s being Italian, it’s representing, family, friends, tanning, gel, everything” – Pauly-D
“A guidette is somebody who knows how to club it up, takes really good care of themselves, has pretty hair, cakes on makeup, has tanned skin, wears the hottest heals, pretty much they know how to own it and rock it.” – Sammi
Not to mention the countless bad examples they set, like getting constantly tanned (no matter the skin damages), being sexually dissolute, going to jail, using swearwords, ecc…
It’s quite obvious that most Italian-American people don’t identify themselves in these role models and feel very ashamed that they have been chosen to be their representatives.