Few shows resonate with the general public like the ones broadcast on Music Television (MTV). Consider the incredible popularity of Real World, a reality show in its 24 season that puts diverse young adults into a remarkably beautiful home and merely rolls the camera as the drama unfolds.
Black people love these shows, because Token Blacks appear in each season and bring a semblance of peace to the show and act as the beacon of morality.
However, one show is currently airing on MTV that Black people find befuddling, for it appears to be a show about white people, yet curiously, the white people have a rather dark tint to their skin that can’t be explained away by prolonged exposure to tanning beds.
Yes, SBPDL is bringing up Jersey Shore, a show so incredibly mind-numbing that one finds illumination in the commercials between each episode:
Jersey Shore is a reality television series on MTV that follows eight housemates spending their summer on the New Jersey Shore. The show was filmed in August 2009 in a summer share in Seaside Heights but was also filmed in other towns such as Toms River and Neptune. It follows the eight housemates in a Real World-type style while they live, work and party at the Jersey Shore. The show debuted amid large amounts of controversy regarding the use of the words "Guido/Guidette", portrayals of Italian-American stereotypes and scrutiny from locals because the cast members are not residents from the area.
Americans of Italian descent have found the show incredibly offensive, for the varying personalities on the show all reflect certain aspects of Italian-American subculture that the gatekeepers of Italian refinement wish to be kept secret:
“The show plays upon the stereotype of the guido, prompting criticism from groups such as the National Italian American Foundation, UNICO National, and the Order Sons of Italy in America for using "ethnic slurs, violence and poor behavior to marginalize and stereotype Italian-Americans". Prior to the premiere of the show UNICO asked MTV to cancel the show because of the apparent play on stereotypes from the promos. UNICO National President Andre DiMino said that the behavior in the promos is offensive and stereotype-promoting and that "MTV is using very pejorative terms, 'Guido' and 'Guidette,' to promote a program and as a corporation that is not correct." After the show premiered, UNICO National claims they "can't keep up with the volume of calls" from "outraged" Italian Americans.
UNICO National President Andre DiMino said in a statement "MTV has festooned the 'bordello-like' house set with Italian flags and red, white and green maps of New Jersey while every other cutaway shot is of Italian signs and symbols. They are blatantly as well as subliminally bashing Italian-Americans with every technique possible. ... (The cast members) are an embarrassment to themselves, their heritage and their families."
Linda Stasi, an Italian-American New York Post columnist, criticized MTV saying that Jersey Shore is a show "...in which Italian-Americans are stereotyped (clearly at the urging of its producer) into degrading and debasing themselves -- and, by extension, all Italian-Americans -- and furthering the popular TV notion that Italian-Americans are gel-haired, thuggish, ignoramuses with fake tans, no manners, no diction, no taste, no education, no sexual discretion, no hairdressers (for sure), no real knowledge of Italian culture and no ambition beyond expanding steroid-and silicone-enhanced bodies into sizes best suited for floating over Macy's on Thanksgiving.”
Wait, what exactly is a guido?:
Guido is a slang term for a working class urban Italian American. The guido stereotype is multi-faceted. Primarily, it is used as a demeaning term towards Italian Americans, as the word guido is derived from either the Italian proper name Guido or a conjugation of the Italian verb guidare.
Yet, all the fuss over the continued denigration of Italians on Jersey Shore is lost when one views the show, for the participants appear to have incredibly dark skin that shockingly might not pass the paper bag test.
Some of the individuals of Italian descent appear to be light-skinned Black people and their cultural predilections appear to coincide with the Black ghetto norms.
Why is that? Why do these white people look Black? Well, we have the Moors who conquered Sicily to thank for that and these “Italians” on Jersey Shore all appear to have a plethora of Sicilian blood pumping through their veins:
The Arabs, who in medieval times were sometimes called "Saracens" or "Moors," have been identified since antiquity (in Assyrian records dated to circa 850 BC), but until the Middle Ages they were not unified as a people. In the Early Middle Ages, it was Islam that united the Arabs and established the framework of Arab law. Initially, most Muslims were Arabs, and during the Arab rule of Sicily their Islamic faith was closely identified with them. (Even today, many principles believed to be tenets of Islam are, in fact, Arab practices unrelated to Muslim ethics.)
The rapid growth of Arab culture could be said to parallel the dissemination of Islam. Except for some poetry, the first major work of literature published entirely in Arabic was the Koran (Quran), the holy book of Islam, and one may loosely define Arabs by the regions where Arabic was spoken in the Middle Ages and afterwards. Arabs were a Semitic people of the Middle East. The Berbers of northwest Africa and the Sahara were not Arabs, though many converted to Islam, adopted Arabic as their language and assimilated with Arab society. Though most parts of Sicily were conquered by Arabs, certain areas where settled by people who, strictly speaking, were Muslim Berbers. Like many Berbers, some Arabs were nomadic.
Wait, you may be wondering, what does this mean? Simply put, genetic evidence through DNA sequencing shows that modern-day Italians of Sicilian descent carry an abnormally large amount of African mtDNA and more so, genetic evidence from the Y chromosome- lineage in Sicily confirms the presence of Black ancestry.
Thus, why the Jersey Shore stars lack the skin tone of white people and reflect the darker pigmentation of their great, great, great ancestors.
Perhaps, a scene from True Romance can best punctuate the reality of Sicilians and how this relates to Jersey Shore. The scene has Christopher Walken – playing a Sicilian – and Dennis Hopper discuss the history of Sicily. Hopper’s character knows he is about to die, so he lets history speak for itself:
Coccotti: Sicilians are great liars. The best in the world. I'm a Sicilian. And my old man was the world heavyweight champion of Sicilian liars. And from growin' up with him I learned the pantomime. Now there are seventeen different things a guy can do when he lies to give him away. A guy has seventeen pantomimes. A woman's got twenty, but a guy's got seventeen. And if you know 'em like ya know your own face, they beat lie detectors to hell. What we got here is a little game of show and tell. You don't wanna show me nothin'. But you're tellin' me everything. Now I know you know where they are. So tell me, before I do some damage you won't walk away from.
Clifford: Could I have one of those Chesterfields now?
Clifford: Got a match? Oh, don't bother. I got one.
Coccotti: ...your son, the cowboy, it's claimed, came in the room blazin', and didn't stop 'till they were pretty sure everybody was dead...
Clifford: You're Sicilian, huh?
Coccotti: Yeah, Sicilian.
Clifford: You know, I read a lot. Especially about things that have to do with history. I find that shit fascinating. Here's a fact, I don't know if you know or not, Sicilians were spawned by niggers.
Coccotti: Come again?
Clifford: It's a fact. You see, Sicilians have black blood pumpin' through their hearts. If you don't believe me, you can look it up. Hundreds and hundreds of years ago, you see, the Moors conquered Sicily. And Moors are niggers.
Clifford: So you see, way back then, uh, Sicilians were like, uh, wops from Northern Italy. Ah, they all had blonde hair and blue eyes, but, uh, well, then the Moors moved in there, and uh, well, they changed the whole country. They did so much fuckin' with Sicilian women, huh? That they changed the whole bloodline forever. That's why blonde hair and blue eyes became black hair and dark skin. You know, it's absolutely amazing to me to think that to this day, hundreds of years later, that, uh, that Sicilians still carry that nigger gene. Now this...[Coccotti laughs]
Clifford: No, I'm, no, I'm quoting... history. It's written. It's a fact, it's written.
Coccotti: [laughing] I love this guy.
Clifford: Your ancestors are niggers. Uh-huh. Hey. Yeah. And, and your great-great-great-great grandmother fucked a nigger, ho, ho, yeah, and she had a half-nigger kid... now, if that's a fact, tell me, am I lying? 'Cause you, you're part eggplant.
Clifford: Huh? Hey! Hey! Hey!
Coccotti: You're a cantaloupe. [shoots Cliff in the face]
Jersey Shore is a show that people find funny, amusing and infuriating. But Black people find it perplexing, for these purported Italians have a strange look to them that can only be explained through the prodigious copulation rates of the Moors and the white people in Sicily.
Stuff Black People Don’t Like includes Jersey Shore, for the “white people” featured in the show carry the genetic markers of their Moorish ancestry and, if the one-drop rule is in effect, are really Black people.
Thus, the strange behavior of the characters on the show shouldn’t create consternation among Americans of Italian descent, but merely infuriate Black people everywhere.Hey, are we lying?