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    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/07/bu...pagewanted=all

    The cast of the MTV show “Jersey Shore,” which takes place in Seaside Heights, N.J.

    An emotional scene from the ABC reality show “Find My Family,” which tries to reunite children of adoption with their birth parents.

    If a reality television show is not generating outrage these days, it seems not to be doing its job.

    By that measure, two recent debuts are hitting on all cylinders. “Jersey Shore,” an MTV series that places eight hormone-rich twentysomethings in a beach house with plenty of liquor and relatively little clothing, has drawn complaints that it reinforces negative ethnic stereotypes and caused at least one MTV advertiser to steer clear of the show.

    And on ABC, a tearjerker reunion series called “Find My Family” has angered some members of the adoption community with its attempts to reunite now-grown adoptees with their birth parents, a practice that, according to the critics, can marginalize the parents who adopt and raise children.

    MTV, which practically pioneered the genre of installing a group of temperamental, egocentric people in a shared house and filming the experiment, has taken the concept a step further with “Jersey Shore.” Rather than mixing people from various backgrounds, it has focused on Italian-Americans (or those who love them) from the Northeast.

    Their beach house, in Seaside Heights, N.J., has on its garage door a map of the state painted over a giant Italian flag. And while the subjects profess a certain amount of pride in their ethnic heritage, they persistently refer to themselves and one another as “Guidos,” a term that in previous generations was a derogatory nickname for Italian-Americans, many of whom still consider the term to be offensive.

    Three groups representing Italian-Americans — Unico National, the Order of the Sons of Italy in America and the National Italian-American Foundation — issued statements last week condemning the MTV series, which the Unico group said used “ethnic slurs, violence and poor behavior to marginalize and stereotype Italian-Americans.”

    “Their behavior is reprehensible and demeaning in all respects,” André DiMino, the president of Unico National, said in an interview. “I don’t see any redeeming value in the show. They are an embarrassment to themselves and to their families.”

    The show’s cast members have defended themselves in interviews, saying that the term some people find offensive, to them simply refers to a lifestyle of muscled, well-coiffed and deeply tanned men and women.

    MTV also supports the series. In a statement, the network said: “We understand that this show is not intended for every audience and depicts just one aspect of youth culture. Our intention was never to stereotype, discriminate or offend.”

    Nevertheless, the show’s content apparently came as an unpleasant surprise to at least one advertiser. After the first episode, Domino’s, the national pizza delivery chain, asked MTV not to place its ads on the series any longer, a spokesman for Domino’s confirmed over the weekend. The spokesman said the decision was made after its media buyers reviewed the show’s content but before it was contacted by groups opposing the series.

    MTV stated that no advertisers had withdrawn from the network, but in a statement it said that the series “may not be for every sponsor or advertiser and we understand that.”

    Not wanting to miss an opportunity to promote its beaches, the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau also offered its own perspective. “We’re flattered that MTV thinks we’re an interesting enough destination to warrant an entire reality series,” Daniel Cappello, executive director of the bureau, said in a press release. But the series presents “a one-dimensional, dramatized version of a very small group of visitors’ summer experiences in one Jersey Shore town.”

    ABC’s new series “Find My Family” offers just as much emotional upheaval as “Jersey Shore,” but its aura is meant to evoke more heart-warming feelings. The show reunites adults who were adopted as children with their birth parents or other members of the family that they never knew, capturing on camera all of the disparate emotions of what would seem to be a highly personal moment.
    The limited-run series, which is broadcast on Mondays at 9 p.m.

    Eastern, has been called exploitative by some groups that represent adoptive parents, while online discussion groups of people who gave children up for adoption have hailed the series for its potential to help break down legal obstacles that have sometimes made such reunions difficult. The series, which is produced by the makers of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” is similar to Australian and Dutch television series.

    “The show is very exploitative,” said Martha Osborne, the founder of RainbowKids.com, an adoption advocacy Web site. Ms. Osborne said she supported efforts to allow adoptees and birth parents to exchange medical information. But the show’s methods bother her, she added. “Anytime you film somebody in real time having an emotional breakdown,” as “Find My Family” repeatedly does, she said, “that is exploitative.”

    On FirstMotherForum.com, a blog that discusses issues among women who had given children up for adoption, Lorraine Dusky, one of the site’s authors, praised the series: “Maybe this will be heard by people who think it is unloyal somehow for a person to search out his or her roots, parents, family, when it is a most natural desire of consciousness.”

    An ABC spokeswoman said on Friday that network executives were not available to discuss the series. But the network seemed to anticipate the objections. Before the show was broadcast, it made available to reporters taped interviews with the show’s co-hosts addressing several issues. Each of the hosts, Tim Green and Lisa Joyner, addressed the question of, as ABC put it in the materials, “why the show is not exploitative.”

    “I personally wouldn’t have gotten involved with the show if it were exploitative,” Ms. Joyner, who was adopted as a child and who has adopted a child herself, said in one of the interviews. “We’re not dealing with a thousand-dollar or million-dollar prize, or a shot at fame. The only prize — the only ultimate gift that these people get — is their family.”

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    i watched one epi of Find My Family, and really couldn't stand it.
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    Even though it's getting panned, Jersey Shore couldn't be more awesome...in that trashy drama filled kind of way! I love most MTV shows, so I've got this one on my DVR!

    Fist-pumping, guidos and guidettes(didn't know that word existed), talk about juicy muscles and getting tan! What more could you ask for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laxmobster View Post
    Even though it's getting panned, Jersey Shore couldn't be more awesome...in that trashy drama filled kind of way! I love most MTV shows, so I've got this one on my DVR!

    Fist-pumping, guidos and guidettes(didn't know that word existed), talk about juicy muscles and getting tan! What more could you ask for?
    i loved it and will continue to watch it.

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    Relevant Jersey Shore gif:

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    Quote Originally Posted by msdeb View Post
    i watched one epi of Find My Family, and really couldn't stand it.
    I watched last night, and didn't really like it either; I prefer "the Locator":
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    Snooki’s Attacker on Jersey Shore Identified
    December 11, 2009
    Of all the shocking behavior on MTV’s Jersey Shore, perhaps the most disturbing image fans of the reality show have seen so far came in a teaser at the end of the first episode. In the clip, which has also been posted to YouTube, Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi gets punched in the face by a man at a bar.

    Now, the man doing the punching has been identified as Brad Ferro, a New York City high school teacher.

    Ferro, 24, was arrested for assault and disorderly conduct in August after hitting Snooki at the Beachcomber Bar & Grill, according to The New York Post. Despite the offense, he continued teaching gym at North Queens Community High. Administrators were not notified of his arrest because it was out of state.

    He has since been taken out of class and into one of the Department of Education’s teacher reassignment centers, the paper reports.

    Seaside Heights Det. Steve Korman told the Post that on the night of the incident Ferro was cut off by bartenders at the Beachcomber for being too drunk, so he took alcohol that belonged to Snooki and her friends.

    “That started a verbal altercation after which he struck her in the face,” Korman said. “She sustained an injury to the inside of her mouth due to the punch.”

    Critics of Jersey Shore say the show promotes negative stereotypes and take issue with the cast’s use of the words “Guido” and “Guidette.” But Snooki’s costar, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, has defended the show.

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    ^^^^That guy is such a punk. It still boggles my mind why alcohol is legal and pot isn't.

    But.....is Snooki the one who said "if a girl is a slut she deserves to be punished"? I know one of the girls said that on the episode where the guys brought three girls up to the roof. If she is the one who said that, I'm sorry he didn't hit her harder.
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    ^ No that fucking Angelina said it! She was the biggest hater on the show. Thought she was all that and then some...whatever, she left last night so good riddance!

    Snooki though is a character all by herself!
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    The Jersey shore is my FAVORITE show on tv!! I was so glad to see Angelina"Queen cockblock" go home! And next weeks episode when Snooki gets punched in the face will be EPIC! But I have to say that snooki is a riot and I love having her on the show.
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