Cultural Commentary: Jersey Shore
There are some things that I miss about America and wish I had them here in France. And then there are other things that should never leave the country. Case in point: Jersey Shore, and this picture says it all.
The other day I came across this very unfortunate sight in the Paris metro. I think I and all my fellow Americans in Paris lowered our heads in disbelief and denial. While I’m not saying I am not guilty of watching crap television from time to time, there is something about this show – which I have admittedly never even seen 5 seconds of – it’s the cultural references I fear. Even if you’ve never seen Jersey Shore either, chances are you’ve heard the name “Snookie” pop up or seen references to the big poofy hair pop up on the news or in newspapers. So when I posted this image on Facebook after my horror, so many of my friends around the world responded made me laugh with their commentary. I thought I’d open it up for discussion here. What kind of image of the US does a show like Jersey Shore bring to a different culture?