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Commentary: Snooki pregnancy may destroy ‘Jersey Shore’

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When you find someone to settle down with in life, you’ll likely feel accomplished, as if you took a big step and advanced yourself in society. Getting engaged or pregnant with someone you care deeply about should be something to be thrilled about. It’s a sign; a symbol saying, “Hey world, I’m growing up.”

This experience in personal development would be great for anyone … except Nicole Polizzi, better known as Snooki. That’s right, “Jersey Shore” star Snooki announced to “Us Weekly” that she is pregnant, and the father is her fiancé Jionni LaValle, who is also featured on the MTV show.

“I have different priorities now,” Snooki said to “Us Weekly.” Apparently, one of those priorities isn’t the brand that Snooki has built for herself.

The Snooki brand is one built on being wild. Snooki’s life can be best described as someone who wakes up hung over after 11 a.m., gets a little GTL, or gym, tan, laundry, in (not so much the “G” until recently, but the baby fat should bring her back to her old self) and heads back out into the night to party it up. Lets just say motherhood doesn’t really describe her personality.

Some might view these changes in Snooki’s life as an opportunity to clean up. Sure, her motherly instincts might come out, and settling down with LaValle could prove as a way to quiet her social life down and avoid awkward situations like waking up next to characters like Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino one morning without any recollection of what happened the night before.

Who knows, these life-changing events could completely morph the pickle-eating creature that was once depicted on “South Park,” right?

But it could come at a price to the Snooki brand. It will be difficult for the party icon to continue her nights of wild drinking with the rest of the “Jersey Shore” cast, especially when her spin-off with co-star, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, airs on MTV. There are only so many nights a mother could ditch her child for an evening at cast-favorite Karma Night Club. 

Could we see Snooki’s face on diapers and other baby products, as well as the other products it’s already on? I’m sure there are tons of “Jersey Shore” haters, who would love to buy baby wipes with Snooki’s face on them, but it seems like any Snooki-themed baby products and apparel wouldn’t make it that far. Then again, with the surge of teenagers trying to get pregnant after seeing shows such as MTV’s “Teen Mom” become so popular, maybe Snooki’s baby line could make it a huge success.

Most importantly, the thing to look at here is what would come of all of this. Once you settle down and get married with kids, your life is what it is. It’s not going to be a lavish life of living on Seaside Heights, N.J., with cameras in your face, making T-shirts in your spare time to allow the headache from the night before to pass over.

It seems the clock is ticking on Snooki’s presence on “Jersey Shore.” But looking at this from a broader perspective, could the show go on without its most famous meatball? With motherhood and marriage knocking on the door, we could either see some new cast members or the end of the “Jersey Shore” television era.

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