MTV’s Jersey Shore has never been a model for political correctness, starting with the initial backlash in the Italian American community over the use of the word “guido” on the show. Last week, the hit reality series got in hot water over the use of another derogatory term, “tranny” in what GLAAD called “one of the most blatant examples of transphobia seen on television” on the Jersey Shore reunion on Thursday. MTV has issued an apology. “The segment in question was certainly not meant to be insensitive, but in retrospect we realize that it was offensive to some viewers,” the network said. “We sincerely apologize.” The said segment would be edited out of future reruns of the special that will air after the current repeat cycle ends on November 4. MTV also agreed to meet with GLAAD to discuss how to better portray transgender issues on the network. Here is GLAAD’s description of the segment:
The offending incident began with a montage of clips from a previous episode, in which Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is shown flirting with an unidentified club patron, followed by his castmates repeatedly claiming the person was “a tra**y,” and that “if you have to think about it, it’s a tra**y. Stay away.” However the instance was made much worse by both the show’s host and producers, who intercut with shots of cast member Ronnie Ortiz-Magro wearing a dress and MTV’s own footage of a large man in a bikini and a Halloween mask in an attempt to add more “humorous” context. Host Julissa Bermudez started off the interview segment by making fun of Ronnie for wearing a dress, and asking Mike Sorrentino, “Who was that tra**y?! What was up with that?!”
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