In class we touched upon race and ethnicity as one of the underlying messages in Rocky–as a method of movement to display how the American Dream is fought for, conquered, and executed. Does the American Dream still exist? Has innovation completely crushed what dreams and aspirations include now? Something that came to mind when we talked about Rocky Balboa being this Italian Stallion who works his way to greatness in America was who else fits that same mold. In 2015 the ‘greatness’ status in America usually includes being in the public eye.
So who else is in the public eye and an ‘italian stallion’ by trade? None other than the cast of The Jersey Shore. Okay so maybe not in 2015 but 2012…2013… either way. You have a cast of people who went from ‘rags to riches’ or ‘ordinary to celebrity’ overnight just for fitting a certain mold. The same way people will visit Philadelphia and make a point to run up the art museum steps just for the photo op, I know I have seen plenty of pictures outside the ‘shore house’ in Seaside Heights, NJ blasted on social media. Are they living the American Dream? Well maybe not to everyone but at the bare bones of it the American Dream is a success story, which no matter what degree of respect you have for Pauly D and Snooki, they have the money and publicity of anyone with an actual success story.