President Obama snuck an interesting bit of international preemptive fence-mending State of the Union address last night:
"And we hope that the good relationship we've had with post-Mussolini Italy will continue, even after they host season 4 of Jersey Shore," said Obama, clearly embarrassed. "We're... we're very sorry."
Italian American activists, which have fought the show's producers from the start, are outraged.
"Yesterday, Jersey Shore Season 4 was officially announced to be filmed in Italy, purportedly to highlight the gang's heritage," said Calabrisella Rosania, of the League Of Incredibly Italian-Sounding Names. "Of course, that makes about as much sense as Al Jolson highlighting his African-American heritage."
... was a Russian Jew who immigrated to the United States in 1891. A talented singer, he famously performed in blackface to "for a time, to become black, to inherit the cool, virility, humility, abandon, or gaité de coeur that were the prime components of white ideologies of black manhood", despite it being abjectly f--king degrading and racist.
"We are happy to have Jersey Shore film in Italy," said President Giorgio Napolitano (who said it in Italian, but The Spoof has a strict 'English only' policy, so...) "The show sounds very funny."
"MTV explained that it was a Polish girl named Angelina, a Spaniard with artificial breasts, a fat Chilean midget, and a Puerto Rican named Ronnie who all pretend to be Italian," continued Napolitano. "It sounds hysterical!"
"Of course, if they are disrespectful to Italians here, they will all be reminded why Rome ruled the world from 44 B.C. until 1453."