Earlier in the week, Belmar, New Jersey, mayor Ken Pringle opened up a whole can of Dep 7 when he lamented the influx of "guidos" and "blondes" who invade his shore town every summer from nearby Staten Island. Cracking about a recent bar fight, he wrote in a real-estate newsletter:
As the Staten Island girl was pummeling the Boonton girl's face, she used the hand she was still holding her drink glass in. Now, we're not sure if the glass was stuck to her hand cause of all the hair spray or if this is a technique Staten Island girls learn in Brownies, but we are thankful she left her brass knuckles and straight razor in her other purse.
Okay, that's not even funny. And it sure as hell pissed off all of the good people of Staten Island who vacation in Belmar. In news reports late yesterday and this morning, they battled back! Here's what they had to say:
• “I’m a guido – I have no problem with that word – and I used to go to the Jersey Shore,” said Vinnie Guadanino, 50, an Italian-American hairdresser at Unisex Palace hair salon in the Staten Island Mall. He had on a snappy print shirt and a pair of sharp brown loafers. “My daughter goes to Belmar – she’s a guid-ette.” [NYT]
• "He can talk about us all he wants but Jersey girls are all promiscuous," said Stephanie Russo of Tottenville. "I'd rather fight than walk around with half my clothes on." [SI Advance]
• "The next thing he's going to say is that every guido is in the Mafia. What? I'm supposed to have a 'goumada'?" sniped Sebastian Mauro, 37, a self-described "guido" who frequents Belmar and owns a home in New Jersey. [NYP]
• "I thought it was disgusting and disrespectful," said John Englebert, president of the Staten Island Good Neighborhood Association. "If we don't hear [an apology] by next week…the gloves come off." [NYDN]
Awesome! Plus, the extra bonus is that now Mayor Bloomberg is totally allowed to say anything he wants about guidos from New Jersey who invade New York City. After a few decades of living in Manhattan, we bet he's got some good ones.