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Retailer Doesn't Like What It Sees On 'Jersey Shore '

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates explains the situation.

KAREN GRIGSBY BATES: For several seasons, America has been alternately fascinated with and appalled by "The Jersey Shore," a MTV series about a group of friends who spend their time flirting, drinking and frequently brawling in the Garden State. The series is now enough a part of pop culture that cast members were mentioned at the White House Correspondents' Dinner last year.

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BARACK OBAMA: This next provision is called The Jersey Shore-Up. It reads: The following individuals shall be excluded from the Indoor Tanning Tax within this bill.

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OBAMA: Snooki, JWoww, The Situation and House Minority Leader John Boehner.

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GRIGSBY BATES: Karen Grigsby Bates, NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Karen Grigsby Bates is the Senior Correspondent for Code Switch, a podcast that reports on race and ethnicity. A veteran NPR reporter, Bates covered race for the network for several years before becoming a founding member of the Code Switch team. She is especially interested in stories about the hidden history of race in America—and in the intersection of race and culture. She oversees much of Code Switch's coverage of books by and about people of color, as well as issues of race in the publishing industry. Bates is the co-author of a best-selling etiquette book (Basic Black: Home Training for Modern Times) and two mystery novels; she is also a contributor to several anthologies of essays. She lives in Los Angeles and reports from NPR West.