As anyone who has been to the internationally renowned restaurant-slash-gay-bar "Ketchup" in Asbury Park could tell you, the Jersey Shore has a flourishing and distinct gay population. But the Village Voice this week wants to make it especially clear: Gays do not just exist on the Jersey Shore — there exist such things as Jersey Shore gays. As in, Guido Gays. From their cover story this week:
“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.”
Indeed. A muscle-hugging shirt would be wildly out of place in Seaside.
In perhaps a more clear nod to the Guido/Gay paradox, the Village Voice did not tell the straight men of the MTV show Jersey Shore (or even the photographer!) that the greased-up cover shoot for which they posed would be used in the newspaper's annual "Queer Issue."