If you felt as betrayed as I did upon discovering Snooki and JWoww aren’t Italian at all, then this bit of breaking news could shake your faith in reality TV for good. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, previously believed to hail from Staten Island, is actually from Mobile, Alabama. Descending from a long line of Italian-American southerners, Michael (as he was known back then) grew up on a farm, attended UMS-Wright High School and drove a truck. GTL, his famous formula for date night preparation (Gym, Tan, Laundry), originated on a school trip to ATL and actually stands for Guns, Tractors, Labradors. It was only later that he adapted the tagline to suit his new northern constituency. How, you’re wondering, did he fool so many people? How were we all taken in? Well, for starters, he’s a really good actor. After college (he was a KA at Georgia), he moved to New York to try his hand at live theater. Turns out his looks were more suited to the small screen, and when he heard MTV was casting a new show about life on the Jersey Shore, he went Method and created the character we now know as The Situation.
I discovered this closely guarded secret while doing research on undiscovered southerners for this blog, but in hindsight, the signs were all there on the show. Think about it. The Situation loves to grill out. He’s an incredible dancer, moves he clearly perfected at countless band parties, parents cocktails and deb balls. He prides himself on being a complete gentleman (you know any of those other guys would have hit JWoww back). AND, most convincing of all, he was the resident Fifth Year Senior in the house. Who else but a southerner could be so comfortable sticking around a place–be it college or the shore–when he was so obviously past the natural age limit?!
Talk about it. Tell all your friends. In a weird way, I’m kind of proud.