The Arab Street

by Leonard Pierce

The Jersey Shore changed the rules not only for reality shows, but for racism. No longer would the task of putting forth negative, degrading caricatures of ethnic groups fall to outsiders; instead, it would be people from the group itself who would perform the vital function of making their entire ethnos look like shit. No more would WASPs be charged with making Italians look like shifty, loud, obnoxious, entitled, crass, piggish, vain jackasses; instead, it would be a new wave of proud young Italians, or in the case of three members of the cast, non-Italians pretending to be Italians, who would set the standards for shiftiness, loudness, obnoxiousness, entitlement, crassness, piggishness, vanity, and jackassery that future generations would follow.

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