Jersey Shore loves Italy, but does Italy love Jersey Shore?

We’re used it in the United States, particularly with the long history – 26 seasons long dating back to 1992 if you can believe it – of The Real World moving around North America in order for its casts to be able to, well, keep it real on camera or something.

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I’m talking about the phenomenon that goes something like: the show announces its heading to a new city, its residents grumble while some local officials grouse about moral integrity and decry all of the drunk making out in hot tubs or whatever (and wouldn’t that be a great dead ahead name for a reality show? Next on Making Out in Hot Tubs… I’m telling you, the ratings would be hot), and then the city reaps a boon of revenue from the production and subsequent publicity upon broadcast (in between all the drunk hot tub make out seshes, etc.).

So it’s just possible that our friends in Italy don’t completely get how to get with the program. Florence Italy mayor Matteo Renzi in particular is laying down some draconian stipulations for the production of Jersey Shore, which is focusing part of its third season (the second season technically comprises both the Miami Beach and Jersey Shore Year II arcs) in the Mother Country… even though not everyone in the cast is of Italian descent. The “rules” as published in the newspaper Corriere Della Sera, include:

  • The cast will not be filmed in bars and clubs that serve alcohol.
  • The cast will not be filmed drinking in public.
  • The show will not be filmed to promote Florence as a drinking town.
  • The show should be filmed in a manner to promote Italy (not Americans visiting Italy) and feature its culture and good food.
  • First of all, the fact that these “rules” (and, sorry, I had to drop quotes around that word for a second time) were published in a newspaper is a little bit telling in how Florence’s elected leader is choosing to frame the city government’s attitude about the production. But really if you take these… wait for it, “rules” at face value Mr. Renzi is demanding something close to a pleasant/bland Rick Steves travel expose rather than the drinking, carousing, and cavorting that is inherent to your typical hour of Jersey Shore.

    Some other quick thoughts:

  • I’d like to see the bars and clubs (plural) in Florence that don’t serve alcohol.
  • What happens if Snooki is caught outdoors in a daytime drinking binge? Will she hauled off to the clink as she was during Season Two?
  • I don’t know about you, but I’d far prefer to spend my vacation in a drinking town rather than a “sober town.” Maybe that would make for a good Dr. Drew-helmed show on VH1 though.
  • And finally, it would be pretty cool to see Rick Steves stumble into a café where the Jersey Shore kids are getting their drinking and fist pumping on and watch him try to absorb and explain the antics to his audience.
  • By Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader"

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