HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – An Italian American group is responding to Hoboken’s rejection of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” reality show by giving its mayor an award.
The Italian American One Voice Coalition plans to present Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer with its “Una Voce” award Wednesday for denying film permits to a show the group feels promotes negative stereotypes of Italian Americans.
Zimmer said the city’s decision to deny a permit for a spin-off of the MTV reality show was based on the “negative impact it would have on the health, safety and welfare of our community.”
In a document on the City of Hoboken’s website, the mayor explained that because Hoboken is “geographically a very small city…onlookers and fans would find it very easy to follow the production through the streets…the density of our city does not lend itself to 24-hour activity as would be experienced by our citizens.”
The document goes on to say that “the constant presence of such a production would be an attractive nuisance causing crowds to assemble at every hour of the day and night.”
A week after Hoboken denied the permit, the show’s producer was given the go ahead to shoot for six weeks in a two-story home rented out by Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley in nearby Jersey City.
Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy says he believes the show is an opportunity to promote the city.
The “Jersey Shore” is now in its fifth season.
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