Do we really need to fist pump like a champ?

MTV recently announced there would be a second season of “Jersey Shore.”  As excited as I am that the guido fest will continue, I am at the same time worried for the mental health of my peers.

It makes me kind of sad that Bradley students are planning their evenings around the re-run schedule of the show.

Let’s face it, the show consists of bar hopping, promiscuous hot-tub adventures and thick east-coast accents. In no way is “Jersey Shore” quality TV.

On that note, fans should be ecstatic to hear one of the finest bars in Peoria, has announced that Snooki will be making a special appearance. Indeed the owner of Cam’s told the Scout Snooki will be there on Feb. 19.

I can assure you the bar will be completely packed with Peoria’s die hard “Jersey Shore” fans who are just itching to sneak a peek of the 4-foot-9 pickle-loving guidette.

I’m not going to lie, I started watching the show when it premiered. I even liked it.

The problem is I know people who take it seriously, and I am friends with those people.

The obsession over this show has gotten a little out of hand and I think its hilarious.

The cast walked  the red carpet of the Grammys alongside some of the most respected and professional musicians in the country, and according to nowpublic.com, cast members have been offered anything between $3,000 and $7,500 just to make an appearance at a club.  

Let’s put this into perspective. Six months ago the cast members of “Jersey Shore” were nobodies, but they became instant superstars.

This new celebrity status is all because they fist pumped at bars while saying and doing ridiculously stupid but all the more entertaining things.

Come on America … seriously?

This new obsession with the guido gang is almost as bad as the excitement over “The Hills” two years ago.

Plus, with this show, MTV has gotten away with desensitizing a derogatory word: guido.

The term guido has culturally been known as a slur against Italian-Americans but MTV cast members spent the first season of the show throwing the word around like it was once on their second grade spelling test.

Caryn Brooks of Time wrote an editorial that said the word guido can be compared to N-word among African-Americans, the C-word among Chinese-Americans and even the F-word among gays. Even though many view the word as offensive, MTV has managed to popularize the term and make it acceptable in society.

What has entertainment become?

As much pleasure as I get from brainlessly watching “Jersey Shore,” I don’t see how much further it can go.

I have a feeling people will eventually stop caring about “The Situation” or whose turn it is to talk.

I know that my thoughts and ideas about how stupid it is that people obsess over the very much Italian cast members aren’t going to stop anyone from ordering their Pauly D posters, but I hope that my peers realize that there is more to life than fake baking.

MTV will be airing the entire first season of “Jersey Shore” from start to finish at 9 a.m. Sunday. I hope you all can hold on to your sanity.

Madeline Gregory is a freshman journalism major from Downers Grove. She is the Scout assistant copy editor.
Direct questions, comments and other responses to mmgregory@mail.bradley.edu.