Just when The Situation was considering applying for the Ambassadorship to Italy and Snooki was hoping to be the next Sophia Loren (real name Sofia Villani Scicolone) we learn that the people in Italy are totally disgusted with the Jersey Shore crew. And as the Jersey Shore cast prepares to do its thing in the motherland, it seems many of the locals aren’t exactly embracing Snooki and The Situation.
In fact, Italians are comparing the gym-tan-laundry loving pack of guidos and guidettes to the “worst stereotypes of Italians.” All this anger already and the hit MTV show hadn’t even begun airing in the country until today. But the insult grenades are already being tossed the cast’s way, with Italian columnist Roberto Del Bove dissing the Shore denizens in the Rome newspaper New Notzie.
“They embody the worst stereotypes of Italians, multiplied by thousands and Americanized,” he wrote. Italy’s most widely read daily, Corriere della Sera, described the octet as a group with “slicked hair, exaggerated narcissism, boundless love for the family and outlandish eccentricity.” Aldo Grasso, a prominent TV critic for the same paper told the Wall Street Journal that he’s “afraid” and that “the image if Italy abroad is already weakened.”
A well-known Italian talking head had told the Journal earlier this year that the show is “the last thing we need.” “I’m not worried about the characters feeling out of place,” said Beppe Severgnini.
One place the hard-partying cast will be welcome though is on the club scene. The manager of one of Rome’s most popular nightclubs, Babel, told the Journal that there’s no question that they’ll be letting the cast in to party.
None of this seems to be affecting the cast’s good spirits about the new season though. According to MTV News, they are geared up to go. Of course they are happy – they are making a fortune and not terribly concerned with being seen as low class stereotypes – after all, if they were concerned they would not have been selected to be on the show. They don’t pick marathon runners for ‘The Biggest Loser,’ nice girls to play ‘Teen Mom,’ or studious intellectuals for ‘Jersey Shore.’