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Jersey Shore: Another Crappy Gift from MTV

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?

[image: MTV]

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  1. Posted by on August 23, 2011 at 11:48

    Don’t forget the crappiest show on Earth, Degrassi.

    • Posted by Nicole on August 26, 2011 at 13:58

      what’s that show about?

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by aliceinapark on December 3, 2011 at 09:38

        It’s about a high school where kids basically have sex, get drunk, fight and other bad things. To make matters worse, it’s rated PG even though it’s extremely inappropriate and a bad influence.

  2. Posted by on July 27, 2011 at 16:04

    I hate MTV. I’m tired of Jersey shore.

  3. Posted by on July 8, 2011 at 13:57

    Snooki is getting PAID EXTRA to do stuff that would get ME in prison!? I talked to a “popular” boy at school who claims goes to the same church as another “popular” boy does, and he says that this kind of thing is the life and that partying is fun and all that. I mean, SERIOUSLY! Talk to me when you get an STD if their lifestyle is the way to live your life.

  4. Posted by on May 29, 2011 at 14:09

    I am pretty much at a loss for words. I hate what is on TV these days, and what is going into young teens minds. It is just crazy. -_-

  5. Posted by on April 6, 2011 at 14:37

    The Jersey Shore really scares me. Not only does it glorify drunken hookups, it also celebrates a lack of intelligent thought. UGH

  6. Posted by on April 4, 2011 at 14:44

    toally agree

  7. Posted by on March 29, 2011 at 12:38

    Jersey shore is dusgusting! What about MTV’s Skins? I have never watched Jersey Shore or Skins but I have heard of them and what I have heard makes me want to cover my ears and scream.

  8. Posted by on March 7, 2011 at 18:03

    Barely anyone talked about Jersey Shore this season. They jumped the shark.