Guess Who’s Southern . . . The Situation!

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Despite the gelled hair and shiny suit, this guy is a true southerner.

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.

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Psych! Happy April Fool's Day.

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7 Comments

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7 responses to “Guess Who’s Southern . . . The Situation!

  1. I am shocked and surprised. Great investigation work, maybe you should head down to Miami and do a 1 on 1 with him?

  2. Best April Fool’s joke all day. Touche.

  3. Jessica Barrett

    Get the hell out. That’s great.

  4. Mariah

    Taylor and I vote APRIL FOOL’S!

  5. Corey Meyer

    I would not be proud of that…but then again the south claims alot less than admirable people…Lee, Jackson, Davis…just to name a few!

    • jessicamischner

      Hi Corey, Thanks so much for your comment. If you go back and take a look at the date of the post (April 1), I think you’ll get a laugh out of it and realize I was joking.

  6. Pamela

    False! There is no way!! I went to UMS in Mobile. That is super funny though.. sending link to all of my friends.

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