Jersey Shore Deep Thoughts: On the Importance of Being Earnest. (Or at the Very Least, Oscar Wilde.)

At the onset of “Notes on ‘Camp’,” Susan Sontag pulls a quote from Oscar Wilde’s Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young:

One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.

In both cases, this probably explains why I have long adored JWOWW’s mixed-media abstract expressionist piece, Two Cantaloupes in a Banana Hammock:

Anyways, I’m clearly not the only one who sees Oscar Wilde’s camp musings have come to life on Jersey Shore. The Roundabout Theater Company recently produced a series of shorts where the stars of its new production of The Importance of Being Earnest (Santino Fontana and David Furr) quote the cast of Jersey Shore in the only way that could improve perfection: as if Snooki et al. were themselves Oscar Wilde characters. It’s better than inventing the freakin’ poof, so without further ado, “Jersey Shore Gone Wilde”:

Genius! (Obviously.)

I’ll admit that this raises the question as to whether or not spray-tan fumes and functional alcoholism are the new poet’s opium and absinthe. After all, “Work sucks dick for Skittles” is the sort of poetry that could only come from the finest of pens (Joe Eszterhas’s). On the other hand, maybe everything just sound cleverer in a British accent? I don’t know. I think I need a mind condom before I try and sort this one through.

Whatever the case, though Jersey Shore‘s most sublime moment of waxing poetic (Snooki, on fried pickles) may have been neglected, there’s still enough talk about spider monkey attacks (part two), Angelina being the Worst (part three), grilled cheese consolations (part four), and even a possible Rocky Horror Picture Show reference (part five) to earn “Jersey Shore Gone Wilde” Nobody Puts Baby in a Horner’s highest of honors:

Or, were we on the Jersey Shore, Infinite Fist Pumps Up:

Bravo, good sirs. Bravo.

Much love to Whitney and Edwin for bringing this into my life.

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