Monday, January 10, 2011

Pauly D brings GTL to WDW

Disney World and Disneyland both occasionally close the parks to regular guests to hold Grad Nites. Nights in which recent high school graduates can celebrate receiving their diplomas by not worrying about the correct spelling of the word "night" anymore. Oh, and there are also rides and music and stuff.

At one of this year's Grad Nites in Disney World, the DJ pressing play on the music button will be DJ Pauly D, one of the stars of the MTV monster hit series The Jersey Shore (a monster hit in that it gets huge ratings, and several of its castmembers are actually monsters).

Here's a hilarious picture of Pauly D on a recent visit to WDW, riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad:

If you're not familiar with Pauly, you'd probably assume that the wind in his face from speeding down Big Thunder's slopes was blowing his hair back. But no - it looks like that all the time! It's a feat of architectural sophistication that's more inspiring than Epcot's Spaceship Earth.

Teaching Goofy to fist pump. I look forward to the upcoming Goofy short: "How To Be A Gudio."

On the one hand, having Pauly D spin at Grad Nite makes a lot of sense. After all, the cast of Jersey Shore are all pretty much cartoon characters to begin with, embracing any stereotype you might throw at them, gleefully calling on another Guidos and Guidettes. Seriously, these people are bigger caricatures of Italian Americans than Tony and Joe, the singing Spaghetti-slingers from Lady and the Tramp. On the other hand, let's compare what happens when a Disney character and Pauly D go out dancing...

Cinderella heads to the Prince's ball. She finds herself in the arms of the man of her dreams. Her heart soars, and this song fills her mind:

"So this is love,
So this is what makes life divine.
I'm all aglow and now I know,
The key to all heaven is mine."

Conversely, Pauly D said this about his nights at the clubs:

"When I go into the club I have a game plan, I don’t wanna waste my time and take home a girl that just wants to hang out, I just wanna get to the business… so. you light it up and then you move on & at the end of the night you see who you end up with."
A great sound bite for a salacious MTV hit, but I'm a little surprised to see Disney wanting to get into bed with someone from a show that is largely about getting as many people into as many beds as possible.

I'll admit I sometimes watch The Jersey Shore, it's a hilarious train wreck, and Pauly D does seem like the closer to being a human being than most of the cast, but I'm still very surprised Disney would touch anybody from this show with a ten-foot pole. We can't have pirates chasing maidens anymore in Pirates of the Caribbean, but someone a Guido from the smoosh patrol is sought-out to spin at Grad Nite. Seems backwards to me.

However... this is delightful. T-SHIRT TIME!

See also this fake-comedy list of what happened when Snooki went to Disney World (note: mildly mature content).

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