I know that a handful of individuals do not represent any group, however if I was from New Jersey, I would be extremely upset with the image currently being presented about people from Jersey.
Anyone who has seen a Kevin Smith movie expects a lot of cussing, especially from people of a certain age, and even a tough-girl attitude, but whereas Kevin Smith enticed me to take an interest in the youth culture of New Jersey, the current television shows make me want to commit apparently random acts of violence.
Oh wait! That’s apparently what those shows are intended to do. The fact that I know who “Snookie” is, disgusts me. Jersey Shore and Jerseylicious are shows that make me embarrassed to be an American. Other people watch these shows and think that’s the way we all behave. Our own young people watch these shows and think that’s an appropriate way to behave.
I get it; I’m an “old foggy” by their standards. I may have done some small time clubbing in my day, but it was about the dancing and the fun more than about hopping into bed with some stranger. Even bedding down someone I knew wasn’t the point, and though everyone has a certain amount of drama in their relationships, most of us do not thrive on drama, and if we do, we become active in theater, not welcome it into our every day lives.
Not only are these young people the epitome of sluts (male and female) their need to violently resolve their issues is a sad commentary on the potential future of our nation. Watch one of these shows then ask yourself again why Gabby Gifford was shot, and so many innocent people killed and hurt. We have become a culture of violence, when even our entertainment is focused on inappropriate behavior.
It’s not that I think there is never any place for violence. I understand how anger, especially when uncontrolled, can lead to inappropriate actions. I also understand that, when someone comes at you with violence, the goal is to respond in a counter-action that ensures that person will think twice before they attack you again.
I even know people with what I consider a “small town attitude” who thinks that every problem can be resolved through violence. Heaven forbid you even emotionally threaten their loved ones-they already know where they will bury any necessary bodies. These people don’t start punching, slapping and pushing every time they get angry though, even if the other person deserves it. And they certainly do not glorify their feelings of violence by sharing them on a world stage.
With any luck, we all grow up and temper our behaviors and attitudes better. Is it just a certain age or a specific generation that thinks these folks from Jersey epitomize “cool”? I never did put much stock into what other people thought in terms of current fads, rather it be clothing or behavior. As an adult I cannot help but wonder how future generations are being impacted by these shows. I hope most people watching are doing so to laugh at the ridiculousness of these individuals and not holding them up as the standard of what they want to live like.