Source: MTV IGGY, April 6, 2010
An Asian American Jersey Shore?! YES! An End To One Stereotype...
Since we uh, work at MTV, we thought WE’D BE THE FIRST TO KNOW ABOUT AN ASIAN AMERICAN JERSEY SHORE!
But it seems that readers of LA’s Craigslist ads were the first to know.
Jersey Shore, which pitched Italian American housemates against eachother in a summer full of nights at the club and fights near the hot tub, has been wildly successful in the States. And as with all successes, it’s seeing copy-cast — with a Russian version set to develop in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach and even a knock-off in a Senior Citizens home.
So of course the next minority to exploit was… Asian Americans?
(Our hope is that this hedonistic new show will dissolve the stereotype of all Asian Americans as goody-two-shoes who just mope around, doing their homework… Now, we’ll have… more nuanced stereotypes? More “dragon ladies”?)
The ad, calling for cast members, was posted on LA’s craiglist earlier this week and dug up by the New York Post:
“Looking for interesting, attractive, colorful Asian-Americans to cast in a reality show similar to ‘Jersey Shore,’ ‘Real World,’ ‘The Hills,’ etc. . .” the notice reads. “We need attractive Asian-Americans with lively, strong and unique personalities between the ages of 18 to 30 with equally interesting life stories and perspectives to share, especially individuals who know about and/or experienced the Koreatown life.”
Casting isn’t limited to Asian Americans, though:
“If you are not Asian but are obsessed with Asian culture or people in some way, email us and please explain.”
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? James Franco with a pillow wife?