How do you say “UGH!” in Italian? Because that’s what the entire country of Italy said when they learned MTV’s “Jersey Shore” would be filming its fourth season in the beautiful and historic city of Florence. The mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, has drawn up a list of rules that Ronnie, Snooki, and pals must obey when they begin filming there next month. Because we know that will keep them in line.
- The cast cannot be filmed in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. This is a big one. Italians practically drink wine with breakfast. And the “Jersey Shore” cast definitely drinks Jager bombs with breakfast. So this will never work.
- The cast cannot be filmed drinking in public. Yep, that’s going to be a problem, too.
- Florence can’t be portrayed as a drinking town. Obviously the mayor of Florence doesn’t realize any town inhabited by Snooki and Deena will be portrayed as a drinking town.
- The cast cannot be filmed in any of Florence’s historic buildings. Dude, they weren’t going to go to any of the historic buildings, anyway.
- The show has to positively feature Italian culture and food. This one is going to be difficult. We know The Situation likes to strut like a peacock over his homemade Sunday dinners. We also know the “Jersey Shore” cast’s definition of culture is ladies night at Karma. (Wait, does gym, tan or laundry count as culture?)
This is going to be a tricky season to film. Maybe the mayor of Florence is trying to make it so difficult to film there that MTV will take “Jersey Shore” back to Seaside Heights for season four. I don’t think it’s going to happen, though: there’s some kind of unspoken law of reality TV that locations need to be switched up every season.
Also, someone should let the cast know that “guido” and “guidette” are not exactly words the Italian people embrace with open arms.