November 04, 2010 02:31:46 GMT
The Situation referred a patron in a Miami club as a 'tranny', prompting GLAAD to take action.
Before the issue got too big, MTV apologized to Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for the gay slur that went unedited on "Jersey Shore". The network aired a season 2 reunion special last week where Mike Sorrentino aka The Situation called a club patron "a tranny". Later on, the show's host Julissa Bermudez also used the term in an interview segment.
GLAAD considered it as offensive for transgendered people. "This was one of the most blatantly transphobic scenes aired anywhere on television in the last few years," the group said in a statement.
In response, MTV posted on its official website, "We appreciate GLAAD voicing concern about the 'Jersey Shore' reunion special. The segment in question was certainly not meant to be insensitive, but in retrospect we realize that it was offensive to some viewers. We sincerely apologize."
MTV will pull the segment after the current rotation cycle. The particular scene would be removed from the episode if the special would run in future broadcasts.