A Ratings Punch: MTV’s Jersey Shore in the center of more controversy

December 13, 2009 by  
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JerseyShore39EpisodeMTV’s controversial reality show, “Jersey Shore,” has charted a lot of bumpy water since its debut pretty much, and now even more is set to follow as a scene featuring a cast member being punched has been cut from the show. The show has lost sponsors and raised the ire of a number of groups since its initial episode.

The scene presents star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi being punched in the face at a bar, was used by MTV to promote the show for some strange reason, and has spread on the net rapidly the last week or so.

MTV Reps stated: “What happened to Snooki was a crime and obviously extremely disturbing. After hearing from our viewers, further consulting with experts on the issue of violence, and seeing how the video footage has been taken out of context not to show the severity of this act or resulting consequences, MTV has decided not to air Snooki being physically punched in the face.” This statement was given to E! Online.

Brad Ferro (not a member of the show) was found guilty of assault, fined $500 and given a six month suspended jail sentence following the debacle. MTV is slated to run a PSA about violence following the episode, which is still scheduled to appear.