Americans love watching train wrecks on TV. But what happens when the train wrecks grow up?
The cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore is fist-pumping for the cameras in Seaside Heights, NJ right now, but with some major changes — as The Situation and Snooki are “out of commission.”
Snooki, pregnant with her first child, isn’t even living in the Italian-themed shore house. The Situation, fresh from rehab, is surely GTL-ing (gym, tanning, laundry – for those living under a pop culture-free rock) but won’t be pre-gaming Karma (the local club) with any Ron-Ron Juice (cast member Ronnie’s potent alcoholic beverage) this season.
After seasons of watching Snooki stumble drunkenly down the boardwalk and watching The Sitch recover from hangovers, their sober lives should be celebrated. Sure, their situations came from an accidental pregnancy and an addiction, but regardless, it’s a wake up call and a step in the right direction for both of them.
Nevertheless, the two insisted (or, MTV insisted) they return to the shore to milk a few more dollars out of their short-lived fame — even if it’s putting their health in danger. Both have been spotted clubbing; not exactly the healthiest place for a pregnant girl and a recovering addict. And whilst clubbing, Snooki is being watched like a hawk by people checking to see if she’d take a sip of alcohol. (Read: hoping the longtime “mess” would drink while pregnant. TV/tabloid gold!!). Meanwhile, The Situation is being taunted for his sobriety.
What is wrong with this picture?
Laugh all you want (and I mean that) about Snooki procreating. Are you done? Good. Now, instead of hoping she will damage her developing fetus by taking a Pickle-back (Whiskey + Pickle Juice) shot, hope that she will get home safely. Seriously. There is a reason pregnant women shy away from clubs — rowdy people pushing and bumping, late nights, high heels, date rape drugs. But Snooki, due to pressure from her fans (and quite possibly the network) is going out, holding on to her image as a crazy partier.
Same with The Situation. Instead of wishing that he would relapse (shame on you!), cross your fingers that being surrounded by bottles and drugs doesn’t tempt him to put his life in danger.
Admittedly, train wrecks make for great TV. But at what price? Society has decided Snooki and The Situation are nothing but train wrecks, and they will be nothing more. Debatable, I’ll admit. But they have outgrown their images by seeking treatment and getting pregnant (or at least we hope).
I for one will not be tuning into the next season of Jersey Shore. I don’t need to see MTV trying to milk the last drops of TV ratings success out of Situation and Snooki. Both of them should be home, probably brainstorming their next moves — which should NOT be to a bar. I watch just as many train wrecks on television as the next pop culture addict, but I will not support, what I perceive to be, reality star’s lives in danger.
So I ask you Intent readers: Should we support train wrecks on TV? Or should we turn off the TV when train wrecks are overly celebrated, and celebrate someone making a true accomplishment instead? Weigh in below!