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Italy to Jersey Shore: No, Grazie!

What? You don’t follow the high culture series Jersey Shore on television? Well, let me fill in the latest development of the “guido/guidette” lifestyle for you: the sophisticated cast of Jersey Shore tried to reconnect with their Italian heritage in Tuscan, Italy. All is fine, except for some strange reason, the Italians don’t want to have anything to do with them.

Since Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and other cast members of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” reality-TV show set foot inside the cradle of the Italian Renaissance last month, the cast’s vans have been met with fines. On Monday, there was another one, after a van—which Italian police say was driven by Ms. Polizzi—crashed into a police car.

One of the town’s chic eateries has posted a “No Grazie, Jersey Shore” sign outside its door, instructing cast members to stay away. The cultural superintendent has barred the entire cast from being filmed in the city’s hallowed museums.


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June 2nd, 2011

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