MTV Exploits Snooki’s Alcohol Problem
MTV has got a big situation on “Jersey Shore” and this aren’t Mike Sorrentino’s abs. Looks like Snooki, also known as Nicole Polizzi, has a serious drinking problem. And instead of helping her, the network is now exploiting her.
In the episode that aired last Thursday, we should have seen a very sloshed Snooki rushed to a local hospital for nothing else but alcohol poisoning.
Instead of this, all we saw was just a 22-year-old tickling her roommate’s feet and the couple smushing.
So, that’s a way to go, MTV. Let’s just cut the teachable sequences out of the show and let’s party on.
According to radaronline.com, however, Snooki’s near-death experience took place in May, three months before she has been arrested in Seaside Heights, N.J., because of a charge of drunk and disorderly conduct. During that incident, the teeny tanned little tart with the sky-high pin-up hair and lowbrow lifestyle was drinking very heavy the night before and so she passed out face down on the beach.
After taking a breakfast of champions, a few tequila shots and a Long Island iced tea, she was ready to go around noon.
But at her court hearing taking place earlier this month, the judge fined her only a $500 fine and told her she was being rude, profane, obnoxious and also self-indulgent. Snooki has later told the press she wanted to cut back the drinking.
That scene has also made it onto YouTube. So now the question is if MTV will leave it on the cutting-room floor.
Obviously, consequences aren’t a plot device in the Jersey Shore series, otherwise would have seen a lot more visits to the pharmacist.
But the allure of “Jersey Shore” is just its debauchery. It’s a good weekly dose of the wild behavior featuring a foul-mouthed cast of interesting characters who, when are not wasted or very busy bedding everybody on the Eastern seaboard, they’re pulling in tens of thousands of American dollars on each episode, making the rounds on hip shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and also more serious things, like ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
So why would any of them want to change their behavior?
And why would MTV make them change it?
This no-longer-music-video channel’s ratings were in drowning in the toilet before “Jersey Shore.” Now, thanks to the sex, the swearing and the swinging fists, it’s once again on top.
But any success comes at a big price, as Snooki is now seen as a selfish laughingstock, instead of someone that’s struggling. And MTV is a complicit to her dangerous behavior by not showing on TV the real repercussions.
And moreover, the real losers are the 5.5 million viewers who are tuning in for a reality show that does nothing but fail to air the most important thing that is the truth.11