The ‘Jersey Shore’ cast got in a bit of hot water after last week’s ‘Jersey Shore Reunion Special’—and no, we’re not talkin’ about hot tubs!
GLAAD claims MTV aired an unabashedly transphobic segment, of which they describe on their blog:
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?!”
Once GLAAD confronted MTV about the inappropriate segment, the network quickly released a statement of apology, invited GLAAD reps to a meeting to better understand transgender issues, and plans on deleting the transphobic material from future encores of the reunion special.
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