The idea that New Jersey taxpayers are helping to enable the Jersey Shore gang to party hearty and get their fight on isn’t sitting well. “I can’t believe we are paying for fake tanning for Snooki and The Situation, and I am not even sure $420,000 covers that,” Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon told the Newark Star-Ledger. A Democratic state Senator and an Italian American group today called on Republican Gov. Chris Christie to block the tax credit awarded yesterday to the MTV hit reality show’s production company 495 Productions. “It is disparaging to Italian Americans. He should veto it, ” said state Sen. Joe Vitale. A spokesman for the governor said that Christie doesn’t like the show and opposed the tax credit yet has no control over the decision. And not everyone is against it. In Seaside Heights, where the show is filmed, the mayor said even though Jersey Shore can show the state in a negative light, the investment pays big local dividends. “A lot of the business folks here appreciate that,” he said.
Please, just kill me now. Cuz I’m not going to survive this relentless Paramount marketing for the February 11th release of Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never biopic. But all this “pimp” and ‘bitch” talk? Thought this was a G-rated pic:
No surprise there: MTV has greenlight a fourth season of its red-hot reality hit Jersey Shore, which will be filmed in the spring in Italy. From the network: “America’s most talked about housemates are leaving the boardwalk behind for the piazzas of Italy. Poised to get their G.T.L. on abroad, ready to drop in on Vinny’s family for a famous Guadagnino dinner and excited to trade gorillas for Italian stallions, this wacky and dysfunctional family is about to turn “the beautiful country upside down.” MTV films 2 cycles of Jersey Shore a year, one in summer/fall in the show’s original New Jersey setting, and one in winter/spring in a warmer place where the cast can show off their trademark tan. Last year, they went to Miami. This time, they’re going farther. “While the stateside Jersey Shore locales have become iconic for our audience it’s really the constantly evolving dynamic amongst the cast that keeps them coming back each season and Europe is a fresh spin on a show that continues to reach new heights for us,” said Chris Linn, MTV’s EVP of programming. “The cast is headed to the birthplace of the culture they love and live by. We can’t wait to see what erupts as a result.”