Italian-American Group, UNICO, Threatens Lawsuit Against MTV’s “Jersey Shore”
The national Italian-American group that once rallied to have HBO’s Emmy-winning series The Sopranos yanked from the airwaves is considering legal action against MTV over the network’s politically-incorrect reality smash Jersey Shore.
After months of protesting, Jersey-based UNICO (“The Largest Italian-American Organization In The US”) is sick enough to sue over the popular program’s perceived portrayal of young Italian-Americans as beer guzzling barflies in wife beaters. On Wednesday, President Andre Dimino announced that the group has consulted an attorney to see what they can do to put the brakes on the eagerly-anticipated second season of The Shore.
“We have consulted attorneys and are prepared to take legal action because we are so angry about the situation,” Dimino complained to RadarOnline.com this afternoon. “I cannot say too much right now about the actual legal steps we are going to take but we feel what MTV are doing with Jersey Shore is outrageous. The use of words like ‘Guidos’ and ‘Guidettes’ is racial stereotyping in the worst possible sense and they are portraying young Italian Americans in the worst possible light,” he continued.
“There are a lot of young American Italians who serve in the community and the armed services who are ashamed of Jersey Shore and we need to stand-up for them.”
Oddly enough, Jersey Shore star J-WOWW recently confessed that neither she, nor popular personality Snooki Polizzi, is Italian. Neither is their Shore co-star Ronnie Magro. Farley herself is “Spanish and Irish,” while castmate and self-proclaimed “guidette princess” Snooki is actually Chilean.