On Jersey Shore and The Three Stooges
With the cancelation of Paris Hilton's new show, and her generation of reality TV idiots going gently into the has-been good night, we're thankfully no longer holding our heads in pain over Hilton or the denizens of the Hills.
But usually when something awful finally goes away in pop culture, there's something even worse that makes us hold our heads in worse pain, and I think you know exactly what show I'm referring to here...
Yes, Jersey Shore almost cost the Garden State plenty, and it's more than just brain cells. I've met a number of people from Jersey who are very offended by the show who feel it gives their home land a bad name, now they have even more reason to be pissed at the show.
According to Foxnews, the series almost got a big tax break, and Jersey residents almost had to end up paying $420,000 for it. Thankfully, it was vetoed by Jersey governor Chris Christie, who was quoted on Deadline as saying, "I am duty bound to ensure that taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens."
Jersey state assemblyman Declan O'Scnalon was also quoted as saying, "I can't believe we are paying for fake tanning for Snooki and the Situation, and I am not even sure $420,000 covers that." Christie's spokesperson added the governor has acknowledged that "film tax credit programs are not the most effective way to spur economic growth throughout the state."
Even though I try to avoid it whenever possible, I am surprised I missed the other Jersey Show news item, that they're doing cameos in the upcoming Three Stooges movie, with Sammi telling Access Hollywood he and Snooki now want to get into acting. Jane Lynch from Glee, Larry David, and Sofia Vergara are also in the film, and Moe, Larry and Curly are going to be played by Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes, and Will Sasso respectively.
A joke like having the Jersey Shore stooges starring against the OG Stooges is one of the most obvious jokes you can come up with, but again, I'm having mixed emotions about this being a long time Stooges nut.
Apparently the plot is about the Stooges starring in a reality TV show (big warning sign number one, Jersey Shore cameos big warning sign number two), and the Farrelly Brothers are writing and directing.
Originally Benico Del Toro, Sean Penn, who hasn't had any discernible sense of humor since Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Jim Carrey were going to play Moe, Larry and Curly, which would have been interesting casting to say the least, but nobody can do it like the original three.
As far as the reality TV plot, and the Jersey Shore cameos, it's always important when making a joke or a reference to ask yourself will audiences get this reference years from now, and it's hard to get away with references that are old that you have to go look up on the 'Net before you really start laughing, although the Simpsons do a good job at jokes that are funny whether you get what it's referring to or not. Let's hope the Farrellys have similar luck.