"Jersey Shore" Cover Shoot Creates Queer Situation

Castmates "didn't know" photo was going on Village Voice's "Queer Issue"

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    It may take the guys from "Jersey Shore" awhile to put it together, but when they realize their cover shoot for the Village Voice makes them look gay, they might be ticked off.

    The counter-culture New York tabloid got Vinny Gaudagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino to pose shirtless on their upcoming issue, and normally, these guys love, uh, exposure. But what they didn't know was that the edition is the "Queer Issue," and the cover story is all about gay "guidos" on New Jersey's beaches.

    "They didn't know," a source told the New York Post.

    Ortiz-Magro, in particular, has been known for homophobic rants on the show, using curses and epithets to describe gay men.

    While the MTV reality show stars are known for trolling Jersey Shore bars for hetero hookups, the Voice article details how muscle-bound, gay Italian Americans have their own seamy oceanside scene.

    "The Jersey Shore has made Seaside Heights notorious. Central to the show’s success is The Situation & Co.’s blend of the homophobic and homoerotic, mixed together like a potent Long Island  Iced Tea," writes Tony Phillips. "But long before Snooki  and her housemates, homosex has been alive and well on the Jersey Shore."

    Photographer Carrie Schechter, who did the shoot in a Williamsburg studio, said the trio

    "The boys were total pros on set; light-hearted, hysterical, and total gentlemen," she wrote on her website. "We all had a lot of fun!"

    "Though we were in a very industrial part of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, far away from the public and paparazzi, within 1 minute of The Situation going out to smoke a cigarette, young girls in sexy clothes materialized out of thin air," she added. "It was pretty comical."