Italian-American Alyssa Milano "Upset" With MTV's Jersey Shore
Count Italian-American Alyssa Milano among the non-fans of MTV's new reality show Jersey Shore.
The show -- which follows the booze-fueled nights of eight self-described "guidos" and "guidettes" on the Jersey Shore -- has outraged Italian-Americans, who claim it exploits a stereotype and gives the vacation destination a bad rap.
UNICO National, the nation's largest Italian American service organization, has even asked MTV to cancel the show.
Milano, 36, can see why.
"My husband actually showed me the trailer on YouTube last night, and I got upset," she told Usmagazine.com Thursday at the UNICEF ball in Beverly Hills. "It upset me. I was like, 'Turn that off!' So no, I don't think I'll be watching that!'"
But 21-year-old Jersey Shore star Nicole -- a.k.a. "Snookie" -- doesn't see what the big deal is.
"The Italian, whatever, national, whatever their organization is, they don’t understand that 'guidos' and 'guidettes' are good-looking people that, you know, like to make a scene and be center of attention and just take care of themselves," she said on The Wendy Williams Show Friday (check your local listings). "They are old-fashioned. They don't know that; they think it's offensive, because maybe in their time it was offensive, but now it's kind of a compliment. So they don't understand that and that is what we are trying to say. They are way overreacting to the show. We're 22 to 29 just having fun at the shore. They are just taking it way out of proportion."