The Village Voice asked Jersey Shore‘s Vinny Gaudagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino to strip down for the cover of the alt-weekly, but evidently didn’t tell them it was for the Voice‘s “Queer Issue.” Is Ronnie gonna call somebody a faggot over the bait-and-switch?
The cover story is about gay Jersey Shore fellas, many of them closeted, cruising the “Guido Riviera” in search of ass just like their heterosexual counterparts.
At least one of [hot tub party thrower Craig Austin’s] regulars is testing the waters of Asbury Park: “Dino,” a self-described “horny 25-year-old,” could have been ordered straight from Jersey Shore Central Casting. A grad student who lives in the Bronx, he is out to his second-generation Italian family, with whom he summers with in Seaside, but “nobody talks about it,” he says. “It’s never mentioned. That’s the mentality still for Italian families—homosexuality isn’t OK.”
Dino is very much in the closet with his Seaside volleyball buddies, and although he does troll Asbury at night, he doesn’t care for that scene. If complicated, Dino doesn’t seem particularly tortured. He’s more bifurcated, right down to his wardrobe. “I would never wear this on the boardwalk in Seaside,” he says of the neon-green American Eagle polo that hugs his tight physique. “It’s too gay. And I don’t see any reason to flaunt being gay in a place where it’s not accepted.”
Aw c’mon. It’s a scene that inspired the Jersey Shore porn parody. Who doesn’t accept?