|Seaside Heights, NJ, January 21, 2010 — UNICO National is bringing its anti-bias war to the shore — to the hometown of MTV’s infamous stereotyping and ethnic-bashing “reality” series “Jersey Shore!”
A number of expert panelists, including UNICO National President Andre’ DiMino, Italian American One Voice Chairman and Founder Dr. Manny Alfano, a number of invited guests and elected local and state officials, are set to examine MTV’s “Jersey Shore” as part of an overview of the stereotyping of Italian Americans in mass media on Saturday, January 30th at Seaside Heights. MTV CEO Judith McGrath and MTV President of Programming Tony DiSanto will also be invited to attend and comment on MTV’s policies with respect to this series. The event is entitled UNICO’s S.O.S. “Summit On the Shore: Anti-Italianism - MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore’ and a Whole Lot More!” Councilmember Joyce Camera will be welcoming attendees on behalf of the Borough of Seaside Heights.
“It’s only appropriate that we bring this to the place where this abomination of a TV show was filmed,” DiMino said, noting that many area residents and borough officials have expressed disapproval with MTV and the show’s anti-Italian content. “The sad part is that ‘Jersey Shore’ is merely the latest entry in a long line of shows and media depictions that have ultimately stereotyped and degraded Italian Americans for decades. We plan on discussing this phenomenon, and our call to action.”
UNICO’s S.O.S. - Summit On the Shore
DATE: SATURDAY, JANUARY 30th, 2010
TIME: 1 PM
PLACE: SEASIDE HEIGHTS COMMUNITY CENTER, SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ
1000 Bay Avenue (and corner of Hancock Avenue)
DIRECTIONS: GARDEN STATE PARKWAY, Exit 82 eastbound. Take Route 37 east. Cross the Barnegat Bay. Follow signs into Seaside Heights. Make a left once over the bridge and around circle onto Bay Avenue and follow to Community Center (blue building) at corner of Hancock Avenue (about six blocks or so down).
RSVP: For those wishing to attend, please RSVP UNICO National at: firstname.lastname@example.org or PHONE: 973-808-0035. SEATING IS LIMITED.
UNICO National, the nation’s largest Italian American service organization, with local chapters throughout the United States, was founded in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1922. Its volunteer members support charitable, educational, and community service projects while promoting Italian heritage and combating negative stereotyping. For information or to join UNICO National, call 973-808-0035 or visit http://www.unico.org.