Reality Check

Italians: Cancel Jersey Shore

At least it’s not Growing Up Gotti? UNICO, a national Italian-American service organization based in New Jersey, has asked MTV to cancel Jersey Shore, its upcoming reality show depicting Italian-American beachgoers that is set to air on December 3. The show bills its subjects as the "hottest, tannest, craziest Guidos" who "keep their hair high, their muscles juiced, and their fists pumping all summer long." UNICO says the show is "trash television" that relies on offensive stereotypes and highlights bad behavior and violence among renters at a Jersey beach house. An MTV spokeswoman said the show continues the channel's history of documenting subcultures and youthful rites of passage, adding that the Italian-American cast "takes pride in their ethnicity."