Mar 30, 2011 6:26 PM GMT
'When I see this, I wonder whether Bin Laden had a point': Italy reels in horror as Jersey Shore finally hits airwaves
Italy has reacted with horror at the prospect of hit American TV series Jersey Shore being filmed at some of the country's most famous locations.
Producers have confirmed that the fourth series of the show - which focuses on a group of Italian-American youngsters - will be shot in Italy later this year.
Despite a daily diet of the 'bunga bunga' exploits of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and television viewing which includes the scantily-clad hostesses who star on some of its more downmarket television output, the news has been greeted with outrage.
There is growing concern at just how ‘trashy’ the show is and how ‘offensive’ it is to native Italians but also thousands of Italian-Americans who live in the United States.
The outrage is focused on just how muscle-bound the male stars of the show are and the amount of make-up the women wear, as well as the huge amount of fake tan and bling jewellery.
But far from giving a Latin shrug of the shoulders at the escapades of the tanned and toned stars, commentators have lambasted it as 'noisy and superficial', 'blundering and frivolous' and - possibly most hurtful for the cast who seem inordinately proud of their Latin background - the 'worst stereotypes of Italians'.