The Jersey stereotype

La - posted on 06/12/2010 ( 91 moms have responded )

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There has been a run of shows about people from Jersey lately...Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious, Jersey Couture, etc...my questions is: do people outside of NJ REALLY think we are all like the people on those shows? Italian (goodfellas/mafia type italian), big hair, too much make-up, too much bronzer and fake tanning, over the top expensive fashion, loud mouths, etc. I am from Jersey. I have lived here my whole life (minus a few years in my early 20's) and I can ASSURE you that I don't know anyone that even remotely resembles the people that are on these shows...the types of people on Jersey shows are more similar to people from Staten and Long Islands (New York). And the whole fist pump thing? We do that as a joke because I've never witnessed anyone do it seriously.

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~Jennifer - posted on 06/12/2010

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I was born and raised in Jersey (exit 109), and the only people I've seen act like the people on those shows are tourists (f'n Bennys) from NY.

Sharon - posted on 06/12/2010

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I've met 3 people from new jersey, two of them are loud & obnoxious. The other is very quiet, almost genteel.

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Charlie - posted on 06/16/2010

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Haha not many people can handle the mighty power that is Vegemite LOL.

I think people get the impression it should be eaten thick and black , really its a very light spread on top of the butter .

Nutella is SOOO good .

Becky - posted on 06/16/2010

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I had some Aussie friends in elementary school, who loved vegimite and made us all try it. Ewww! (sorry Loureen, just my opinion! :)
Nutella on the other hand, mmmmm, I could eat a whole jar of it on its own!

C. - posted on 06/16/2010

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Nutella and Vegemite are totally different! My friend's fiance (then boyfriend) is Australian and when she went to visit him in AU, she tried it.. Absolutely hated it.. And she loves Nutella.



Nutella is a chocolate hazelnut spread- sweet and delicious, Vegemite is yeasty and salty.

Charlie - posted on 06/16/2010

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So what's the deal with Vegemite? Do people from Australia really eat that much of it? I can't help but wonder what it tastes like everytime I hear that Men at Work song "Land Down Under" LOL


First of all GREAT song !!! second I LOVE VEGIMITE MMMMM!!! on toast with heaps of butter , so good !

Meghan - posted on 06/16/2010

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I wish EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE acted like the kids on Jersey Shore!!! Freakin LOVE IT!

Amie - posted on 06/16/2010

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I don't think it is. I know someone who's tried it and it's a distinct flavor. One of those "if you haven't grown up eating it you're not likely to want it" foods. Though who knows, there may be people who eat it for the taste.

From wiki:

Vegemite is made from used brewers' yeast extract, a by-product of beer manufacturing, and various vegetable and spice additives. It is salty, slightly bitter, and umami or malty — similar to beef bouillon. The texture is smooth and sticky. It is not as intensely flavoured as British Marmite and it is less sweet than the New Zealand version of Marmite.

La - posted on 06/16/2010

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When I went to England in the 90's I was introduced to nutella and found out that we have it here in the US too when I got home. Is vegemite as tasty as nutella? It sounds like a pastey vegetable jam to me...that's what I'm picturing it as.

Isobel - posted on 06/16/2010

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I've never tasted it, but my friend has a big giant tub of it in her cupboard and I thought it was peanut butter...then I opened it /:I

Jaime - posted on 06/16/2010

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I need to pay more attention to song lyrics...lol...what the hell is vegemite? I'll tell you what it sounds like...it sounds like a pesky bug that eats vegetables.

Isobel - posted on 06/16/2010

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I live at the center of Toronto, the biggest city in the Country...try not to be too jealous ladies...cause it's all about me, me, me (here in the center of the Universe).

Anyhoo...In that Land Down Under song...my whole life I thought he was saying "he just smiled and gave me a BITE OF HIS SANDWICH" hahaha...I had no idea that vegemite even existed till I met my friend the Aussie

La - posted on 06/16/2010

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So what's the deal with Vegemite? Do people from Australia really eat that much of it? I can't help but wonder what it tastes like everytime I hear that Men at Work song "Land Down Under" LOL

Jaime - posted on 06/16/2010

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This is what I found on google for the 'grasshopper' thing in Saskatchewan:

"Wilkie is home to the worlds largest Grasshopper - which everyone hates
because it IS a farming community. Apparently you can fit eight people and
three cases of beer comfortably on his back."

LOL...so I'm guessing it's a dig at the farming communities of Saskatchewan.

I also googled Ontario...ya that's right, I googled my own stereotypes..what of it?

Ontarians are generally the least liked by all other provinces in Canada as a result of being pretty much the "centre" of attention or stealing the limelight from other provinces (pfffffffft what do you mean we steal the limelight? c'mon just because we have the capital city in our province and all of the political leaders running around like children on a playground fighting over toys and playground equipment). LOL.....aaaaaaaaaah how I love being the asshole!

Isobel - posted on 06/16/2010

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I don't know if I wanna know what people call Torontonians...I know we are not the favorites of the Country though ;P

Amie - posted on 06/16/2010

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Hey! We got hills! and lots of trees! LMAO!



Oh and I don't remember who told me about the grasshopper thing but it was years ago.



As for rednecks.. that's specifically for Calgary. The rest are rig pigs. LOL! Ain't that nice? LOL! Oh wait... maybe lower Alberta has it's own brand but I've never heard of it.

Becky - posted on 06/15/2010

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I've never heard the "grasshoppers" for Saskatchewenians. We do say though that you can watch your dog run away for 3 days there!
But then, the rest of Canada calls us Albertans rednecks. And I live in good ol' Cowtown. :)

C. - posted on 06/15/2010

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Amie, you are right, I didn't see LaCi's post until you just pointed that out. I didn't read every single post like I thought I had.. Excuse me for missing one (at the time). That is perhaps why I didn't realize Laura was cracking a joke, hence why I kept repeating myself ("I just think if you're going to stereotype, don't get mad if people stereotype you, too"). I wasn't offended, I just didn't realize it was all in fun. But everyone failed to mention that until recently. Had someone mentioned it before I kept going off, it wouldn't have gone this far. I do apologize (to all).

Amie - posted on 06/15/2010

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Hey wanna know why Saskatchewan's so windy?

Because Alberta blows and Manitoba sucks. HAHAHAHAH!

Sorry had to throw that one out there. I imagine there are other places that have similar jokes too. LOL!!

Amie - posted on 06/15/2010

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Speaking of stereotypes though.. I've heard that Albertans call us Saskatchewanians..... grasshoppers. I have NO idea why. Not like we have all that many grasshoppers here. /:) Just goes to show they have no idea what they are talking about. HAHAHA!

I have been known though on the flip side to go f'ing crazy albertan drivers, whenever I see one speed past me. Seriously, I swear they all drive at least 20 k over the speed limit. Sheesh! LOL!!

Amie - posted on 06/15/2010

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Loureen I've seen A Cry in the Dark! =( It's quite the story. I'm sure there were some embellishments (it was a docudrama after all) but the overall point behind the story was made.



Christina, Laci actually cracked the first joke. You seem to have missed it though after getting offended at Laura's joke. Also if you don't want to join in on the cracks, don't open the thread and read it. No reason to ruin everybody else's fun. They were/are all getting along pretty well and having a laugh at all the stereotypes that DO exist.

Isobel - posted on 06/15/2010

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everybody was making plenty of jokes before and after SC...I'm sure to appease you we can all agree to make fun of ourselves...but whatever you do...don't mention SC...If you feel the need to make fun of yourself and you are from SC...you will need to find another state that fits your stereotype.

Isobel - posted on 06/15/2010

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so long as we leave SC out of it, I'm sure you'll be fine...there were plenty of Canada and NJ jokes as well as many others before the SC comment...so to make you feel better, I'm sure we will all happily avoid SC.

C. - posted on 06/15/2010

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"Yeah I thought we were all having playful banter about state stereotypes. Apparently, we can't make jokes without someone getting seriously offended."



Yeah, seeing as no one was really making that many jokes until AFTER you posted that stereotype about SC.. I wasn't 'seriously offended'. I just think if you're going to stereotype, don't get mad if people stereotype you, too. And I've already said that.. Must we really keep this going??

Jaime - posted on 06/15/2010

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Whew...that means I'm off the hook...consider this my repentance! LOL. I do believe that when I saw it, it was an improv skit of some sort...I can't be certain of that but I know it was said in jest and that's how my friends and I have always thought of it.

Charlie - posted on 06/15/2010

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Everyone says it , including me without really thinking about where it came from , i actually dont think many people from O/S know the story and it was so long ago that most Aussies have forgotten too .

Jaime - posted on 06/15/2010

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Well crap...now that just makes my joking about it horrible! Thanks for clearing that up for me. I agree it is a sad story.

Charlie - posted on 06/15/2010

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Jamie -

Its actually a true story of a woman whos baby ( Azaria chamberlain ) was apparently stolen and killed by a dingo in the outback when they were camping , she was jailed for the babies murder but she was released later found innocent , people all over the world turned it into a joke and it became somewhat of a catch cry for Australians as a stereotype , its actually a very sad story , a really bad joke when i think about it hmmmm.

Johnny - posted on 06/15/2010

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This sort of reminds me of when I went to France and was devastated to discover that they didn't all wear berets & scarves while riding bicycles with baguettes on their back and little dogs in the front basket. Soooo disappointing!

La - posted on 06/15/2010

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The only Canadian stereotype I knew about was saying "ay" and "a-boot" and when I was there I didn't hear anyone say it...except for the rickshaw guy that we asked if he would say it :)

Jaime - posted on 06/15/2010

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LMAO Loureen! My friends and I say that all the time in our best/worst Australian accent "the dingo stole my baby"...wasn't that an SNL skit? Oh the blessed stereotypes of the world!

Charlie - posted on 06/15/2010

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Jamie-Leigh Burns said : I'm not even sure why people bother being offended..

Me too , i think its hilarious when i watch the Simpson's in Australia and they depict us as British speaking , kangaroo riding , outback dwelling , beer drinking ( ok that ones true ) , hicks LOL all we need now is to fire up the BBQ chuck a shrimp on ( we dontt even have shrimp here , we have prawns ) and sit back and get pissed while dingos snatch our babies !!

Jaime - posted on 06/15/2010

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Oh ya, I forgot about the pot Joanna...how could I forget about grow ops in our backyards instead of a vegetable garden? LOL

Joanna - posted on 06/15/2010

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The only Canada stereotype I grew up with was that Canadians all played hockey and were high all the time. (Maybe because I grew up a couple hours from the Canadian border, and that's where all my friend's weed came from?)

Hannah - posted on 06/15/2010

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I am from Colorado and everyone thinks we are the typical Boulder hippies who hug trees all day, don't eat meat, wear birkenstocks and no makeup. SEE, We even have stereo types within our own state.

Jaime - posted on 06/15/2010

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I'm not even sure why people bother being offended...I love Canadian stereotypes because they're funny as hell and I know they're not true on a macro scale. I think the same goes for anywhere else. Media twists and manipulates everything to the advantage of the global conglomerates. Jersey Shore is a ridiculous show, but for me it's just entertainment...I don't believe for one second that if I go to Jersey, every single person I meet will look, act and sound like Snookie. And it don't get more backwoods than Canada....heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellooooooooooooo, we wear flannel everywhere! LOL

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Let's just pretend that Laura said they sounded like they were from the backwoods of Louisiana, not South Carolina. Then no one would be offended. =)

Jaime - posted on 06/15/2010

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Pffffffft...c'mon now...anyone in this conversation that is Canadian knows full well that we eat poutine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Then we put on our toques and ride our polar bears to the store to stock up on our 'year-round-winter' supplies for our igloos. Oh and we have recently started a city-wide recession booster where we will now be busing our children to the nearest Tim Horton's to attend class...we pretty much live there anyway! Oh, also the beaver is our national animal, and we keep them as pets...we have beaver farms, and we actually train our beavers to help construct and maintain our hockey ponds because we're so laid-back that we just sit around, watch hockey, drink some beers and say "eh" at specific paragraphed, intervals of speech. Oh and hockey...I mean forget your mom going to the hospital when she was in labour...if you're born in Canada, you were born on a rink damnit! And lastly, we don't have a typical greeting of "hello" here in Canada...instead we say "sorry" at just about every turn "hello Mr. Johnson, oooh sorry my office chair isn't more cushioned for you" "hello, may I please speak to blah-blah, oh he's not in...so sorry to have bothered you" "may you please pass the salt?.....sorry, thank you" "your dog crapped on my lawn Mr. Smith...I'm sorry"....what can I say, we are just so efficient that we even apologize for apologizing most days!

............LOL............stereotypes...I have yet to figure out why the stereotype of individuality hasn't caught on if we're so hell-bent on labeling and categorizing everything!

The end....sorry.

La - posted on 06/15/2010

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Yeah I thought we were all having playful banter about state stereotypes. Apparently, we can't make jokes without someone getting seriously offended.



Edited to add that if anyone has a problem I can whip out my Joe Pesci accent, start waving my long acrylic nails in your face and rant crazy fast like the best of them LOL

Isobel - posted on 06/15/2010

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Every spot has their backwoods hillbillies...or at least people who are perceived that way...it has no more to do with SC than anywhere else...we were having a good laugh about stereotypes I thought...where did it turn ugly?

Don't make me get on my dogsled too!

C. - posted on 06/15/2010

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I think it's pretty apparent who really needs to 'chill'. I was as cool as a cucumber when I wrote that, so maybe you're the one that should take a chill pill..

And that is a stereotype, saying that all backwoods SCinians are covered in the Confederate flag and can't be understood. Maybe if you lived here a few more years and got out more outside of Charleston, you'd know that..

La - posted on 06/15/2010

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Christina: I never said that I believed all of SC was backwoods. It is a fact that there are people (not the majority) who are backwoods as in they are covered in confederate flag apparell and have a hard to distinguish accent. That's not a stereotype it's fact (just like it is fact that there are SOME people from NJ who dress and act like characters out of bad TV shows)....it would be a stereotype if I said everyone in SC was like that but I did not say that. In fact I was pretty clear in how I stated it originally....so chill

Johnny - posted on 06/14/2010

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Are you folks suggesting that not all Americans are like the ones I watch on TV? I guess I need to get out of my igloo, hop on my snowmobile and come down to visit ;-)

C. - posted on 06/14/2010

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That's wonderful, Laura.. It doesn't matter to me where you lived for a few years in your early 20s. All I am saying is, you can't expect people to quit stereotyping when you continue to do it, too!

Tracey - posted on 06/14/2010

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Having watched CSI Miami I am convinced all women are skinny as a drainpipe, wear nothing but white or a bikini, have long hair and boob jobs... JUST KIDDING!!!!!

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