Fist-Pumping and Face-Punching

Pro (Tony Morisset)

“Jersey Shore” is the fist-pumping reality series that took over television screens all across America.

MTV is known for creating reality shows such as “The Real World” and “16 and Pregnant,” but the network’s most recent hit, “Jersey Shore,” has brought a different type of audience to the television screen. 

Teenagers and adults alike are raving about “Jersey Shore.” A day after the show aired, it was discussed on sports talk radio. People had the option of calling in about the current football season, but instead they chose to talk about why they hate “The Situation,” one of the eight housemates on the show.

So many people had different opinions about the show. Some people called it trashy, even offensive towards the Italian race.  Others actually lobbied for the show to get pulled off the air because it portrayed negative stereotypes of Italians.

This is what I say: If it offended you so much, turn off the television. By watching the show you are only helping the ratings,

People should not be complaining. It’s just a television show. Let’s face it: “Jersey Shore” is a bigger hit than most expected. A show that causes this much of a stir is just good marketing. It increases ratings, which increases money.

Haters need to stop bashing the show. Most of them are just jealous that they didn’t think to put eight people in a beach house for a few weeks in the summer, fill the house with alcohol, give them a phone shaped like a duck, and see how it turned out.

MTV did all this, and it turned out spectacularly. The producers of MTV are geniuses.  They have made “Jersey Shore” into a product that everyone loves.

“Jersey Shore” keeps people watching, which means that it benefits advertisers. With the current economy, who doesn’t want their station to generate the number of viewers that “Jersey Shore” does?

Sorry, folks, but “Jersey Shore” isn’t going anywhere. MTV has already announced that it will film a second season this summer. And can you blame it? “Jersey Shore” is pure entertainment.


Con (Rachel Blair)

After spending several weeks researching MTV’s latest hit reality show “Jersey Shore,” I have just one piece of advice: Turn it off!

This show features eight twenty-somethings that not even their own parents love.  They are literally manifestations of the most ridiculous, rude, callous and annoying stereotypes that everyone hates.  The only good parts of the show are when bad things happen to them. 

In one instance, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi gets punched in the face at a bar after she confronts a man about a stolen drink. Honestly, the fact that she is known by a nickname as heinous as “Snooki” is reason enough to punch her in the face. 

The nickname parade of awfulness doesn’t stop there.  Some other prime names include “JWoww” and “The Situation.”  Those names alone are enough to tell you the basic themes of the show which, among other things, include fighting with haters as the only way to protect your rep, getting attention by causing drama and (my personal favorite) believing that being constantly drunk combined with excessive partying is cool. 

If I had control over who in our world should be sterilized and never allowed to interact with children, it would be at least six of the  eight housemates.

From watching “Jersey Shore,” one can learn valuable lessons, such as: stereotypes are always right, tanning beds are hip and our life goal should be to have as many sexual partners as possible. 

What happened to shows that portray young adults dealing with real issues? Now the issues on television involve trying to find the best place to drink and the hottest girl to take home.

My advice when it comes to “Jersey Shore” is to turn off the TV because you certainly won’t be learning anything productive or relative when this show comes on.

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