’Jersey Shore’ cast not angry with NJ city’s snub
Thursday, February 2, 2012
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — The women of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” say they’re not angry that Hoboken officials won’t allow a spinoff of the reality show to be filmed in the city of Frank Sinatra’s birth.
But Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley tell The Associated Press the city would have benefited from the proposed show. They say officials likely based their decision on “stereotypes” about the show and its cast.
“The thing is we don’t go to a town to damage it. ... We go to a town to help it out,” Farley said Wednesday. “We wanted to help out Hoboken, we wanted to give them more revenue, we wanted to give (to) their stores.”
Mayor Dawn Zimmer says the local Film Commission’s decision was based on safety and quality of life concerns for residents of the city along the Hudson River. Hoboken officials say 495 Productions was seeking a 24-hour filming permit to follow two “well-known reality television celebrities” who would live in the city.
The production company, which has filmed “Jersey Shore” in Seaside Heights, Miami and Italy, can appeal the decision to the city council.
Farley and Polizzi questioned Zimmer’s role in the film commission’s decision and said she eventually would “regret” not having the spinoff filmed in her town.
“I wish she would have met us first and maybe talked about what the show was gonna be about before just being like ‘You’re not allowed in Hoboken.’ I think that’s really rude, to be honest,” Polizzi said. “She was 24 once, she’s from Jersey, she was at the shore and she was doing the same exact thing we’re doing. She just wasn’t taped.”
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