The Jersey Shore Phenomenon

Fist pump, GTL, Guido, Guidette, blowouts, and many more names and slogans have become second nature to us since The Jersey Shore premiered on MTV back in December of 2009. Whether we like it or not, we all have somehow seen, one way or another, something or someone that has to do with this MTV phenomenon.

Regardless of anyone’s opinion, that is exactly what it is, a phenomenon. I will be the first to admit I’m not a “fan” of this show. I was personally, as one, not a fan of the whole “this is what Italian-American’s are” perception, but then something hit me. This is genius. This has nothing to do with the lifestyles of Italian-American’s, nothing to do with me, nothing to do with anyone except for these young, wild and absolute bizarre characters on this show. Yes, it is reality, but to the average person, it is a lifestyle we will never see, let alone live, so many people live vicariously through these people.

When MTV decided to put these people in a beach house together, let them party, sleep around, and fight with each other; they were on to something. This something has begun a craze of fans dedicated to admiring these almost fictional (although they aren’t fictional) characters; Snooki, The Situation, Jwow, Pauly D, Ronnie, Sammi Sweetheart, and now added to the bunch, Vinnie and Deena. Each of these characters have a following of fans, and admirers’. So how is it that they act in front of there is fans when the cameras aren’t on? I’m here to tell you about my experience meeting, and interviewing Nicole “SNOOKI” Polizzi, probably the most well-known girl on the Jersey Shore.

Last weekend I got the opportunity to interview Snooki for a magazine I freelance for, Us Weekly Magazine. Snooki, who is currently 5 months pregnant with fiancé, Jionni Lavalle’s baby, was doing a meet and greet for her fans at a local tanning salon in Chicago. Snooker’s fans could purchase her new tanning lotion “SNOOKI” and get the opportunity for autographs, and pictures with the famous Guidette.

When I got there, about an hour before Snooki was scheduled to arrive, her fans were already waiting in the freezing 35 degree Chicago weather, donning her signature animal prints, glowing tans, and “poofed” hair, waiting patiently for Snooki to arrive.

Media from all over was there to capture the excitement these people were feeling to meet someone they’ve, until now, only gotten to see on television.

When she arrived, Snooki, standing a tiny 4’9” tall, made her way outside to greet her fans and apologize for being late, due to TSA problems at the airport. I saw her, and was immediately taken back by her genuine approach, and ability to relate to her fans.

As Snooki began her meet and greet, she seemed thrilled to meet every single one of her fans, never once looking off into space, looking angry, or looking like she didn’t want to be there. She was, to say the least, sweet and polite. I was impressed by her charm, and also by the fact that she was almost the “what you see is what you get” type of person, although, because of her persona on the show, I was unsure of what to expect. I can honestly say I was very thrilled to get to meet her, and will preach nothing but good for her until the end of time. She was sweet, she was goofy, and ultimately, she was relatable, which is why she will stick around for years to come.

Photo by: Jason Merritt

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