So good ratings suggest that there must be something special in this show. It is not only the most popular reality television series, but also one of the most controversial. First of all, members of the cast describes themselves as guidos and guidettes and even MTV promoted the show as presenting 'eight of the hottest, tannest, craizest Guidos'. If you don't know, guido is a slang term, refering to a lower-class or working-class urban Italian-American and according to Wikipedia 'more recently, it has come to refer to Italians who conduct themselves as thugs with an overtly macho attitude.' Italian American organizations criticized the use of this terms in Jersey Shore, claiming that 'it is racial stereotyping in the worst possible sense' (these are words of Andre DiMino, UNICO National President)
Italian-American organizations were not only upset with the use of the word "Guido" in the program, but also with the general image of Americans of Italian origins that Jersey Shore presents. UNICO National wanted MTV to cancel the show, claiming that '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.' This opinion also was shared by National Italian American Foundation, The Order Sons of Italy in America (the oldest Italian American fraternal organization in the U.S.) and by Italian Aware website.
Another controversies were connected with the incident taking place in one of the bar in Seaside Heights. You can watch what happened here:
As you can see, Snooki was attacked by some man in the bar (he was angry because Snooki was mad at him for stealing her drink). The scene with suffering Snooki was presented together with a public service announcement against violence towards women. The assailant turned out to be a physical education teacher from New York, who was arrested, suspended from his positions at schools, and finally fined $500 and given a 6-month suspended jail sentence (I'm cuorios to know what punishment would he get in Poland...)
Another issue is tanning, that is omnipresent in the show. A lot of people, including a dermatologist Dr. Seth Forman, criticized Jersey Shore for promoting tanning. They claim that members of the cast have negative influence on young people, as they always emphasize how important tanning is.
Although I didn't mention all of the controversies of Jersey Shore, we can see that just a few people stay indifferent to this show. And of course, the more controversial show is, the more popular it becomes. No matter how many people criticize the cast members, Jersey Shore still has a lot of fans, even the youngest one :) :