Starting in 2012, the Jersey Shore featured young adults in tight clothing, overly tanned skin, and lots of hair gel. The series ran for a total of six seasons and was, surprisingly, one of MTV’s most popular shows. Starting in the beach town of Seaside Heights, N.J., viewers would watch a group of reckless young adults party until they were belligerent and have multiple love affairs. The show then moved to Miami beach for season 2, until they returned to their home in New Jersey for the third, fifth and sixth seasons. In season four, the first-pumping group made their way to Italy to find their ‘roots’ and show Florence what its like to party with a group of guidos (as they call themselves).
I must admit, during the time the show was airing I was always hooked to the T.V. to see what crazy thing Snooki and the rest of the gang would be up to on their Friday nights. Of course, in the back of my mind I always thought the show was ridiculous and the group was irresponsible. I remember watching it in the kitchen and my mom would always say, “Turn that junk off, how trashy!” I think they were so spontaneous and reckless which made them so entertaining to watch.
Looking back at it now, I can’t decide whether I would allow my own kids to watch the show. On one side, I think I was able to learn about a lot of the consequences that can come with over drinking. I remember watching the group get into trouble with the police and in other episodes watching fist fights breakout which always made me very nervous. On the other hand, I understand how many teens would look up to this lifestyle. The guys always seemed so cool with their attitude and confident personality. The girls would always wear skimpy clothing that made them so appealing to the boys. Together, they always had lots of fun drinking and going out without worrying of the consequences of their actions.
So I guess I would have to end it by asking you: would you let your child watch MTV’s Jersey Shore?
Check out this article on Snooki and the gang after their time in the Shore:
By Alexandra Peralta-Rapale 10/24/16