When MTV asked to film Snooki’s Jersey Shore spin-off in Hoboken, Mayor Dawn Zimmer swiftly shot down the request. Now an Italian-American group is awarding her for that decision.
The Italian American One Voice Coalition has been quite vocal about their contempt for the show’s portrayal of Italians. So on Wednesday, they’ll be presenting Mayor Zimmer with the “Una Voice” award as a way to thank her for keeping Snooki and JWoww out of Hoboken.
According to NBC10, Mayor Zimmer denied the show’s permits due to concerns about safety and quality of life for the people of her city. One Voice President Andre’ DiMino said, “MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore’ has been a blight on the State of New Jersey as well as an insult to all Italian-Americans.”
The show was eventually welcomed in Jersey City.
“Why would any community want to be associated with the bad acts, lewdness, inebriation, violence against women, crudeness and other garbage spewed by this trash programming?” DiMino said, according to the Jersey Journal. “Mayor Zimmer . . . has done the right thing for Hoboken and should be commended.”
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley are expected to begin filming their new reality show later this month.
While many Italian-Americans have been insulted by Jersey Shore’s portrayal of their culture, other groups have also taken offense. Just last year, Abercrombie asked the The Situation to stop wearing their clothes. The entire cast was also banned from entering any of Florence’s museums and landmarks while the show filmed in Italy.