‘Jersey Shore’ Fans Claim These 2 Beloved Cast Members Were Once ‘Problematic’

Jersey Shore: Family Vacation fans have spoken regarding their feelings about the original MTV series, which aired on the network from 2009 to 2012. Now that Jersey Shore is available to stream on Paramount+, fans can rewatch the entire six seasons of the reality television series. Some have found several things, in retrospect, they didn’t like about the show and called two beloved cast members’ actions “problematic.”

The cast of MTV's Jersey Shore: Family Vacation pose together in 2018.
The cast of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation | Lou Rocco/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

‘Jersey Shore’ ran on MTV for six seasons

The original premise of Jersey Shore was to capture the everyday lives of eight housemates who lived together during the summer at a home located on the shoreline of Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

The castmates included Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio, Vinny Guadagnino, Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, and Angelina Pivarnick.

The cast had to work in the home’s attached Shore Store, where they sold t-shirts and assorted items relevant to a vacation at the Jersey Shore.

For six seasons, the cast, which would later include Deena Cortese, traveled to Miami and Italy, fought, fell in love, and fell apart. However, they always remained bonded to one another and kept their friendships top priority.

Some fans felt these 2 beloved ‘Jersey Shore’ cast members were in retrospect, ‘problematic’

Paul "Pauly D" DelVecchio and Vinny Guadagnino in a publicity still for Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio and Vinny Guadagnino | MTV Press/MTV

In a Reddit thread titled “Watching Jersey Shore as an adult, I notice a lot of things I didn’t see as a kid,” some fans spoke out against two beloved castmates, calling them “problematic” after rewatching the series.

“I noticed how problematic Vinny and Pauly actually could be. They poured gas on the fire all the time. Then just laughed it off and thought it was OK because they were “joking.” They were also hardcore bullies a lot of times, but because it was a ‘joke’ then it was somehow OK,” one fan explained.

“This was my first thought to reply to this post. Pauly had the rep as the nice guy that stayed out of the drama, but he actually started s**t all the time and then stepped back & watched everyone else get worked up,” a second wrote.

“The thing that stood out to me to most in my first adult rewatch was how much of a double standard there was for hooking up. The boys gave Deena SUCH a hard time in Italy for literally doing the same thing they all constantly did,” claimed a third Reddit user.

“How toxic Ronnie and Sam were,” penned the fourth fan.

Fans admit the cast has changed dramatically from their younger years

The cast of Jersey Shore pictured in 2010.
The cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore in 2010 | Craig Barritt/WireImage

Fans also realized that the castmates had changed dramatically from their younger years in the same thread.

However, they retain some of the snarky behavior that fans have come to expect from their interpersonal relationships.

Today, many castmates are parents, married, or in committed relationships. Only one is still living a single life.

Instead of highlighting lousy behavior, the show’s attempted to shift its focus on how the cast has evolved.

One viewer claimed they would rather rewatch old episodes of Jersey Shore rather than its new incarnation.

“I tried watching Vacation and gave up and went back to the old seasons. Way less scripted and not boring. They all matured and didn’t party like they used to, which is understandable,” they claimed.

Jersey Shore: Family Vacation airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST on MTV.

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