On the day of the 2010 Gay Pride Parade in New York City, it seems worth checking in with our unwitting Queer Issue cover stars, the boys of Jersey Shore — Vinny Gaudagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino — who had no idea they were posing for anything other than another standard photo shoot. “I take the pictures and wherever they end up, they end up,” said the totally chill or at least expertly coached Guadagnino. “It just so happens that The SitUaTiON [sic] has mass appeal and happily reaches a very broad audience,” said Sorrentino. Ronnie, the brutiest of the brutes, and the one who got himself in hot water for screaming “fucking faggot” on the show, might still be seething, or at least has not yet commented. Everyone else has:
DJ Pauly D, the last of the Shore bro foursome, was not included on the cover and has kept his mouth shut, too, but others are all over the story.
Omg! dug up another quote from The Situation, this one from back in December, on his reactions to male attention: “I’ll be honest, I like the attention. I’m flattered if there are guys with different preferences that have crushes on me.” How open minded.
With the second season of the show set to premiere on July 29 on MTV, the boys are likely glad for any publicity they can get, in an effort to prevent a sophomore slump. (The phrase “one-trick ponies” comes to mind.)
Meanwhile, Autostraddle, a site for “girl-on-girl culture,” had a few questions about the cover and its queer sensitivity. For instance:
4. Does this remind anyone else of when OUT Magazine had, like, Katy Perry on their cover? I mean, I’m just trying to say, there are a lot of, like, actual queer people. Who are probably okay with having you take pictures of them oily and shirtless.
10. Do the people on Jersey Shore know what Pride is? Like do they fully understand what they are even associated with in this magazine? I am not sure that they do.
MTV, ever on message, probably wouldn’t allow the boys to get deeper into issues like these — and they’d be wise to avoid it if it is indeed not their foray — but sparking discussion is what the Voice is for, right?
On a lighter note, comedian Lisa Lampanelli had this to say, via her Twitter:
If it did exist, ours would be in the red.
As for Ronnie, the one thus far silent, and documented as most insensitive to queer culture, we’re still waiting. We know his mother probably taught him “if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything,” but, uh, be a man.