Ha. The crafty characters I work alongside offered the world a fun moment when it was revealed yesterday that the men of Jersey Shore — Vinny Gaudagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino — didn’t know they were posing for the cover of our annual Queer Issue (yet, somehow, still maintained the most fey poses this side of the Hudson). I’m not sure what issue they thought they were posing for, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t this one. Well, they’ve started talking about the switch…
…and their answers are — for guys who were once caught on MTV screaming “fucking faggot” while cameras rolled — surprisingly cool and collected.
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, via his Facebook page:
As for the Village Voice SitUAtioN – it’s not for me to judge somebody’s sexual preference and in my opinion the SitUaTIoN looks good as hell and that is my main concern. It just so happens that The SitUaTiON has mass appeal and happily reaches a very broad audience – This is not my first cover and definitely not my last – SitUATIon NATION
Vinny, via Marc Malkin:
“I don’t give a s–t, man,” Vinny just told me about being on the newspaper’s annual gay-themed issue. “I’ve done so many photoshoots and they’re pretty much all the same.
“I go in there, do my thing, take my shirt off, get my hair and my make-up done and they dress me,” he continued. “I take the pictures and wherever they end up, they end up.”
I know MTV and it’s in their judgment to make sure they don’t end up anywhere too crazy, but the Village Voice?” Vinny said. “That’s awesome.”
“As long as I look good,” Vinny said, “that’s all I care about.” Way back in December, The Situation told me that he doesn’t mind his same-sex loving fans. “I’ll be honest, I like the attention,” he said, “I’m flattered if there are guys with different preferences that have crushes on me.” Besides, being a “Queer” coverboy does have its perks. Vinny bragged, “I got a free pink hoodie out of it!”
and via Crushable, more Vinny:
“I do like four photoshoots a week, and every one of them is the same exact thing. You do your make-up, then you take pictures, you get dressed, you take more pictures. Usually we take our shirts off, take more pictures. Whenever they send the photos, they send them. I leave it up to MTV’s best judgment to send it somewhere where it won’t be too outrageous. But I don’t think the Village Voice Queer Issue is that big of a deal. Whatever. I just take the pictures, I trust MTV to send them wherever. Every magazine we do I think that is pretty cool…Even these pictures, they look good, you know? So what am I going to say? I’m not looking at the morality behind it. Look at the pictures.”
I’m beginning to like these guys. Ronnie — the one who apologized for the aforementioned homophobic slur — has yet to release a statement, though we’ll see if we can’t get to him today. It’s also worth noting that The Soup has a transcript of what they believe to have gone down at our photo shoot, which starts like this:
Mike: Hey, this ain’t the gay issue is it?
Village Voice: No.
Mike: Good. Yo, I shredded my abs all morning for this. Check it, they’re bangin’.
Village Voice: Nice.
And is probably more accurate than they ever could have imagined. We’ll take some of our other favorite reactions from yesterday later. And the way two-thirds of our cover handled their surprise deserves a fist-pump onto itself: Will it help their image to bridge the gap between the guido lifestyle and gay community? Absolutely, at least where it doesn’t already exist. But to be so cynical as to completely write it off as part of the corporate machine that is MTV is a little dark at this hour of the morning, even for us. This is a win-win situation for everyone.