Jersey Shore’s “The Unit” (@JonnyTheUnit) Blocked by @ExposeSF Art Competition in an Attempt to Mitigate Potentially Harmful Publicity

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As Expose SF has grown in popularity, it has attracted attention from fans who believe in their fine arts revitalization movement on a national basis. This attention has come from the likes of San Francisco Magazine, the Fine Arts Network , and SF Art Enthusiast – to name a few of their roughly 2,000 Twitter Followers. Most recently however, Expose SF has moved to strike Jonny “The Unit” Manfre of MTV’s Jersey Shore from its list of Followers.

Jersey Shore 'The Unit' Blocked by @ExposeSF

Jersey Shore 'The Unit' Blocked by @ExposeSF

Expose SF sought to distance their organization from [Jersey Shore The Unit]'s actions and behavior.

Expose SF has truly been enjoying its newfound publicity and popularity over the past couple of months. With its name on sites like Yahoo! News and the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate.com, the Expose SF art competition has been gaining popularity and momentum.

In addition to this press, Expose SF has been managing a Twitter following that has been growing at a steady pace since the account's creation less than 2 short months ago. After being Tweeted about numerous times and building an ever-expanding following of more than 2,000 people, @ExposeSF began to attract the attention of some larger Twitter accounts.

When San Francisco Magazine and the Fine Arts Network decided to show their support of Expose SF, the SF art competition’s staff was thrilled. When Jonny “The Unit” Manfre, best friend of Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino from MTV’s Jersey Shore, began to follow, they were a bit uneasy.

The antics of the Jersey Shore cast has often become headline news. Whether it be drunk driving accidents, slanderous language, or bar fights, the cast is certainly never a bore. Jersey Shore’s “The Unit” is no different, and Expose SF art competition sought to distance their organization from his actions and behavior.

In recent news, Jersey Shore’s “The Unit” has been the subject of criticism for charges regarding public intoxication and possession of a narcotic known as ‘Special K.’

“While we truly appreciate that Mr. Manfre [“The Unit”] likes our organization and our cause, these charges are not the types of things we want associated with Expose SF … We felt that having his account displayed on our Twitter page gave our other fans the wrong message,” expressed an Expose SF spokesman.

At the same time, Expose SF wanted to make it known that they had no intention of directly insulting Jersey Shore’s “The Unit.” They hope that he will understand that Expose SF is an organization which helps artists, many of whom are still in high school or college, and therefore has a duty to maintain a level of responsibility.

The Unit's response still remains to be seen, although some have already begun to speculate and ask The Unit how he feels about it on his Twitter account @JonnytheUnit.

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