Rocker Jon Bon Jovi isn’t a fan of the MTV hit Jersey Shore and thinks that the reality TV program misrepresents the state.
Bon Jovi, from Perth Amboy, New Jersey, particularly singled out the producers of Jersey Shore for criticism, accusing them of promoting instant fame and painting a poor picture of his home state. He adamantly criticized the housemates of Jersey Shore, saying that they are not typical New Jersey residents (indeed, the show has been criticized for this by others, as many of the housemates hail from New York).
Bon Jovi also disagrees with the modern trend of reality TV fame. In Bon Jovi’s own words:
“It’s not my Jersey shore. I was there way before they were. We used to go down to the boardwalk all the time when we were kids, that was a cool place to go.
“People from New Jersey know that’s not what it’s like. I more resent that those shows create ‘celebrities,’ that’s bad. Some kid is struggling to write a song, or to be an actor or write a book, and kids want to get famous to be famous. I don’t like that. It’s really sad.”
Another famous New Jersey celebrity who doesn’t take to Jersey Shore kindly is the current governor of the state, Chris Christie. He famously blasted MTV over the show in 2010, saying:
“What it does is takes a bunch of New Yorkers — most of the people on Jersey Shore are New Yorkers … [and] drops them at the Jersey Shore, and tries to make Americans feel like this is New Jersey.
“I could tell people, they want to know what New Jersey really is? I welcome them to come to New Jersey any time. The Jersey shore is a beautiful place, and it’s a place that everybody should come on vacation this summer.”
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