The 'G' Word.
January 3, 2010 3:53 PM Subscribe
MTV's Jersey Shore
, a Real World
-style reality program centered around eight young Italian-Americans living together in a beach house, is garnering charges of racism
following their use of the allegedly pejorative terms guido
and the feminine counterpart guidette
in advertisements. But what exactly is
The most popular definition
on urbandictionary.com lists the Italian-American ancestry of a guido as "likely" but focuses more on the supposed fashion (blowback hairstyle, tan jobs) and personality deficiencies (loud, obnoxious, self-centered) of the subculture. Andrew DiMino, president of Italian-American community group Unico International claims that the word is very derogatory
towards Italian Americans, and further claims that MTV promotes the stereotype of the guido
within the reality show, saying that, "You would not believe how much anger there is about this... Normally, the negative stereotypes exist in fiction. (In Jersey Shore
), they're being presented as reality."
Sociology professor Donald Tricaro takes a more Marxian approach
, claiming "(Guidism) is a cultural movement, but it's about consumption, not ethnicity."
FWIW, cast member Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is a-ok
with the term.