Music & Culture
Jersey Shore: Another Crappy Gift from MTV
Written by Nicole | February 8, 2011
Long gone are the days when MTV actually plays music videos. Now its viewers are bombarded with shows that have zero redeeming value. One example is Jersey Shore, a show where each episode basically sticks to the following formula: The housemates get wasted and hook up with random strangers. Especially the guys. Vinny and Pauly D try to meet women at the clubs in order to sleep with them and then they discard them afterward like stale bread.
What is this teaching young girls about love and relationships? Worse, what is this teaching young men about girls?! It used to be that bad behavior was punished. That the nice guy got the girl in the end. But today, MTV’s audience (primarily teens) are getting the opposite message: Be a jerk and you’ll not only get the girl, but you’ll get rich and famous as well. Thanks a lot for that, MTV.
Although yes, it can be entertaining, my question is: Why are we rewarding this type of behavior? During season two, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi punched a man in the face while intoxicated (a scene that was later removed by MTV). Since then, her appearance fees have gone from $2,000 to more than $10,000! She’s also released a bestselling book called “A Shore Thing” (she denies using a ghostwriter).
Below is a sample of the kind of stuff Pauly D says on the show:
“When I go into the club I have a game plan, I don’t wanna waste my time and take home a girl that just wants to hang out, I just wanna get to the business…so, you light it up and then you move on and at the end of the night you see who you end up with.”
Can we say ew? This type of shallow male behavior should not be watched, let alone praised. Pauly D never mentions contributing back to society for the fame and fortune he has gained. He is a completely self-absorbed jerk and a rude womanizer. Yet boys across America are emulating him and reality characters like him.
Back in my modeling days, I knew plenty of these reality “stars.” Believe me when I tell you that often what you see on the screen isn’t the sequence of what really happened. There are some pretty smart editors out there who can make any situation (and even “The Situation”) conform to what they think will get ratings. On top of that, each season, the stars are encouraged to engage in even more and more outrageous behavior.
This has got to stop. I believe that every media outlet that has the eyes and ears of our youth has a responsibility to society. Of course MTV wants to entertain. Of course they want viewers. But more and more, they are equating entertainment with these monstrous “role models” on reality shows.
Some say we can’t expect anything better from MTV anymore. Or can we?