Popularised by the television program Jersey Shore, a Guido is a man who is or wishes to appear of Italian descent who dresses and acts in a particular style. The female equivalent is known as a Guidette.
Stereotypical Guidos share many specific traits, such as the men being very muscular, very tanned, having a certain hairstyle, speaking in a certain way and expressing themselves through a series of fist pumps. Guidettes share many of these traits, such as the tan, and they wear a lot of heavy makeup, and dress provocatively. Both genders refer to themselves and each other by a series of bizzare nicknames.
Due to the popularity of Jersey Shore, Guidos are no longer confined to the New York area, and have been confirmed for existing worldwide.
The first episode of the TV show Jersey Shore aired on December 3rd, 2009. It chronicled the lives of a group of Italian Americans and was based loosely on MTV's Real World. This was the beginning of the popularisation of Guidos on the internet, although Clyde Cash is thought to be the original internet Guido.
Guidos on the internet have become somewhat of a punching bag, due to their tendency to become extremely defensive about their lifestyle choices. YouTube is the home of many Guidos, and the comments on any video with the word Guido in the title are a clear demonstration of their "love them or hate them" status.
- Requires spray tan.
- Requires a New York accent, whether real or put on.
- The Guido uniform consists of a wifebeater for the males, and anything smaller than your fist for the females.
- Requires members to perform ludicrous dances in public.
- Hair gel is a staple of the Guido way of life.
- Large trucker hats with multiple stickers on are a necessary accessory.