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MTV: Sorry For Laughing Along At Blatant Jersey Shore Transphobia

MTV is tres sorry for its Jersey Shore reunion show, where cast mates and MTV host Julissa Bermudez had a good laugh at those, ahem, tranny freaks.

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As Queerty first reported, the reunion show revisited Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino’s club flirtations with a possibly trans woman — where the cast members promptly shared their litmus test (“If you have to think about it, it’s a tranny, stay away”) and Bermudez asked Mike, “Who was that tranny? Was that your girl? What was up with that?” Now GLAAD relays the reunion show will now be edited to remove that segment “after this current rotation cycle.” In the meantime, the network released this statement: “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.”

Here’s a thought: With Vinny Guadagnino releasing his own It Gets Better video, how about the whole cast film a message specifically addressing transphobia? Because really, when Vinny says he and his pals would never engage in bullying — “No matter how out of hand things get, you’ll never see us making fun of somebody for who they are or who they choose to love, especially if they’re lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender” — he lied.

“If there’s anyone I hate on, it’s a bully.” Prove it.

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11 Comments

  • Dee

    Thanks for calling them out, Queety

  • chris

    How about not. All they did was make a point that the situation didn’t want to hook up with a tranny…I don’t really see that as a problem. I wouldn’t want to hookup with a tranny either.

    I thought the whole thing was funny

  • jose

    Its not a f****n choice! >:o You muck cabbage!

  • Luc Gendrot

    I didn’t see it as particularly offensive, but then again I’m not transsexual, so I wouldn’t know. What I do know is that it could be offensive to SOMEONE.

    But then again, anything can be offensive to someone right? That’s a whole ‘nother can of worms.

  • jason

    MTV is a homophobic organization. Time to flush it down the toilet.

  • PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS

    The person in question as correctley pointed out by the cast made every attempt to pass as a woman. Hid the adams apple with a choker, had on gloves etc and was actually attractive, enough that that meathead Mike tried to work a hookup. If you are going to go into a straight club and pass as a woman, you have to expect some reaction from persons who have no idea you are trans. None of the remarks made by the cast were really hatefull or hurtfull. It was more of making fun of the self proclaimed super stud “The Situation” that he may have gotten himself into a confusing situation than any kind of transphobia……..

    MTV does more towards making being Gay accepted than any other network. Their core audience tweens, teens and twentysomethings are constantly exposed to Gay charachters and cast members as no different than straight ones except for whom they sleep with. To call out MTV on any level of being homophobic is absolutley wrong……….

  • JESS

    I’m transgender and I wasn’t offended. I guess I could see why someone would be though. Honestly, I’m not sure that she was trans anyway..just because she was wearing a choker and gloves. I agree with “Plays well”. They weren’t actually saying anything hateful or bad toward her except the “eww” comment…but look who was saying that…Sookie? Ewww. Trans girl (if she was) was hotter than her by a long shot! MTV really did nothing wrong.

  • Scott

    Once again, no bullying. Another trite article on what was considered ‘transphobia’. I’d like to point out that the host of that aftershow seemed more transphobic than any of the cast.

  • Paul

    I’m having a hard time getting upset about this as well. Other than that little “eww” quip, there really wasn’t anything there that I found offensive. I’m not trans myself, but I’m a gay man, and have often been labeled as a “transfan.” I can see why most fully straight guys would want to avoid “hooking up” with a trans woman though, and the fact that they do this isn’t really something that should be seen as offensive.

  • Kev C

    It was transphobic. Deal with it. What did you expect from Jersey Shore?

    MTV isn’t pro-gay or anti-gay. It’s pro-money.

  • Joelle

    With friends like these, who needs enemies? I am so glad my LGB community members get to decide what was transphobic and not an actual trans woman. This is hate and bigotry, plain and simple. It is exactly this vitriol that makes it harder for gender-variant people to walk the street. He should be called out for his hate, and he can shove his stupid “it gets better” video where the sun don’t shine. Hypocrite! If you would like an actual intelligent take on this issue, see my blog post: http://transmeditations.wordpress.com/2010/09/03/transphobia-on-the-jersey-shore-when-“guidos”-attack/
    – Proud to be an Overly Sensitive, Outraged, Politically-Correct member of the Prozac-Popping TLBG Intelligentsia

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