In 2008, MTV hit a home run with its series “Jersey Shore.” Not only did Jersey Shore become a hit, but it launched an empire. It’s reported that cast member Mike Sorentino, also known as The Situation, made five million dollars this year. Five million dollars! That will buy a whole lot of hair gel and tight shirts. On the other end of its popularity, is its controversy. Italian American groups were up in arms over the use of the word “Guido.” The group took the word to be offensive and derogatory. Whereas the players in Jersey Shore said it lovingly and with much affection. Regardless, most popular shows are not without some controversy. In fact, one can argue that its the controversy that creates even more interest. That was the case with Jersey Shore. In season three, the Shore cast returns to the place that made them famous. However, trends seem to be dying and despite strong ratings, the shore may be dying. Between cast members becoming famous beyond reality TV, and the social backlash we’re starting to see on social media websites, the death toll might be ringing. So where does that leave the portion of society that were sucked into Jersey. From Denver to Los Angeles, no longer do you need the Seaside Heights, New Jersey to be considered a”beefy Guido juice head,” as cast member Snooki calls her Italian men.
In the last few years, a trend has followed the Jersey Shore. Most notably, the men of Jersey Shore. Before the show, these guys with the Jersey blowouts and ultra tan bodies were considered the jerks in the club. Metrosexuals too into themselves to care about the women around them. So with the Jersey Shore potentially on its last legs, will the invasion of orange goblins be a thing of the past? How long will it take for us to stop hearing people sing about “T-Shirt time” and “cabs are here.?
Truth is, it might be years before The Jersey Shore effect spins down the drain. As mentioned previously, cast members have already slipped their way past the little MTV show. Most notable are Snookie and The Situation. This past New Years, Snooki took part in a publicity stunt that got her front page news. The small in stature but big in personality Snooki was dropped in a ball as the clock struck midnight. And The Situation has already made an appearance on the very popular network television show Dancing With The Stars. And though the rest of the cast has yet to really take advantage of their fifteen minutes of fame, these two have. Due to their uncanny ability to seep into the mainstream, its unfortunate that we will always be reminded of their Jersey Shore past. And with that reminder, their traits will continue popping up in clubs and bars throughout the nation. Until the entire cast, including Snooki and The Situation, are entirely off our televisions, we’ll never really get beyond the high hair poofs and anagrams like GTL, which mean gym tan laundry. A motto the men of Jersey Shore live by.
For every negative fad this group of young adults begin, there also seems to be some positive. Or at least one. The negative includes the unbelievable ability to drink alcohol like a fish. For those who do not get paid to get drunk and act like a fool, this creates a problem. Easily influenced individuals in the same age bracket think that this is a productive way to live. So for anybody who is influenced to act in this manner, their lives will take a negative impact. However, on the other hand, tou do have a positive fad. The ‘gym, tan, laundry’ motto is one any man can take. Exercises is the most beneficial activity we can give our bodies. And they are promoting it. This is a huge positive influence. I am sure there were many guys at home, a little overweight, who saw the women flock to men who take care of their bodies. And its a very real possibility that the Jersey Shore crew really assisted in the longevity of young adults.
Negative backlash will always be a part of popular shows. Not one show that skyrockets into the stratosphere of mega popularity like Jersey Shore, is immune to some negative feedback. Recent shows like Lost and even historic shows like M*A*S*H have all been picked apart and pounded by critics and audiences alike. However, when you really break down the affect The Jersey Shore has had on society, its really not that bad after all. You have to take the good with the bad. And that fact that many men are probably hitting the gym and conditioning their hearts because of a niche show on MTV, I find that to be a very positive affect.