‘Jersey Shore’ Fans Outraged This Roommate Ever Called a Woman ‘Grenade’

Jersey Shore gave fans an entirely new library of words to work with. Some terms were harmless, like “GTL.” Others were negative in connotation, like “grenade.” Recently, Reddit users became outraged over one roommate who they feel had no right to ever call anyone a “grenade.” 

Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino, Ronnie Magro, Vinny Guadagnino, and Pauly DelVecchio
Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino, Ronnie Magro, Vinny Guadagnino, and Pauly DelVecchio | Olivia Salazar/Getty Images

‘Grenade’ is an insult 

From “GTL” — gym, tan, laundry — to “Cabs are here!” the roommates on Jersey Shore had plenty of harmless catchphrases. Though “grenade” had semi-innocent beginnings, the term evolved into a negative societal descriptor. 

“A ‘grenade’ evolved to mean a fat girl, which was never the case,” Vinny Guadagnino explained to Vulture. He also explained the original meaning of the term, which seemed a lot less offensive.

The ‘Jersey Shore’ roommates say ‘grenade’ initially had a different meaning 

“The original definition of it was when you’re hanging out with a girl, she has a friend, and you need your friend to entertain the other friend who he might not be attracted to, but he’s just being a good wingman,” Guadagnino said. “It could be any-looking person — it’s just someone your friend has to sacrifice himself for.”

According to Pauly DelVecchio, calling someone a “grenade” also meant the “unattractive friend” in a group of girls who would ruin a guy’s chances of hooking up with a woman. 

“There’s always one friend that’s great and there’s always that other, unattractive friend, so we call her the ‘grenade,’” DelVecchio said. “The reason we call her a grenade is because she always blows up at the end of the night. They’re always like, ‘I don’t have anybody to meet, so I wanna go home.’” 

The ‘Jersey Shore’ roommates don’t use ‘grenade’ anymore 

“Grenade” is a term of the past for the cast of Jersey Shore. That could be because most of the roommates have settled down and aren’t actively strolling the boardwalk for potential hookups. But it could also be because the term “grenade” wouldn’t sit well with anyone today. 

“I don’t know how much it could fly,” DelVecchio said of the term. “You better be careful nowadays on television, [because] people are more sensitive.” 

‘Jersey Shore’ fans say Vinny Guadagnino has no right to ever call anyone a grenade

Gudagnino may be the “Keto Guido” now, but he wasn’t always the lean, muscular guy he is today. When Jersey Shore first began, Guadagnino was the youngest of the roommates and the roommate the least obsessed with working out. When Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Ronnie Magro, and DelVecchio went to the gym, Guadagnino was rarely in attendance. 

Though “grenade” is rarely used on the show anymore, fans on Reddit are still upset Guadagnino ever uttered the word from his mouth.

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“Vinny calling girls grenades left and right; meanwhile, he’s been lookin’ like a grenade launcher all his life,” a Jersey Shore fan wrote on Reddit. Their post included photos of Guadagnino in a basketball uniform and his high school graduation photo. 

“Looking like Great Value brand Pauly D in that first picture,” someone said of Guadagnino’s senior portrait. 

While some fans were making fun of Gudagnino’s high school appearance, others stepped up in his defense. 

“To be fair, I remember (I think it was in JSFV) that Vinny said back in high school or college Angelina [Pivarnick] was too popular and pretty to even look his way Lol,” a fan pointed out

“You really gonna post awkward pre-teen pics calling him ugly like you didn’t go through the same thing?” another said in defense of Guadagnino. 

Regardless of how fans feel about Guadagnino’s appearance, many can agree he has changed over the years physically, mentally, and emotionally. No longer using the term “grenade” to describe women is a major step in the right direction for this guido.