MTV announced this weekend that it was pulling the scene from this week’s episode of Jersey Shore in which Snooki gets punched in the face. From US Weekly:
“What happened to “Snooki” was a crime and obviously extremely disturbing,” MTV said in a statement Friday. “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 to not show the severity of this act or the resulting consequences, MTV has decided not to air “Snooki” being physically punched in next week’s episode.”
OH PLEASE! I’m not saying that MTV is wrong in choosing not to exploit a horrible act of violence against a woman’s face for entertainment purposes, but give me a break! They have run the footage of Snooki getting punched ad nauseum since the first episode in an attempt to get people to keep watching the show. “Oh man,” MTV was basically saying, “you better stick around if you want to see this girl get rocked in the fucking FACE.” And while I’m assuming that MTV is talking about blogs and animated GIFs when it says the footage has been taken out of context, THEY TOOK IT OUT OF CONTEXT FIRST. There was no context when they showed Snooki getting punched and then insisted that we would not want to miss this season of Jersey Shore.
And since when are MTV viewers the voices of reason?! Again, the choice to remove a woman having her head crushed in by some awful dude’s fist from a show marketed largely to children is probably the right choice, I just don’t understand why MTV, a television station operated by adults, couldn’t make it on their own. A long time ago. Without waiting to hear from viewers (aka said children). And how many “experts on the issue of violence” (whatever the fuck THAT means) did they have to talk to?
“Hey, MTV, did you know that exploiting a terrible act of violence in order to gain and maintain viewers might be seen as amoral and disgusting?”
–a 6-year-old expert on the issue of violence
“We never thought of it that way, or any way.”
And now that they have used the footage of Snooki getting punched in order to promote the show, they might as well go ahead and use the footage of Snooki getting punched on the show. Give us that precious context that we so callously dismissed, MTV!
This is a lot like when VH1 removed all episodes and on-line presence of Megan Wants a Millionaire, after a contestant, Ryan Jenkins, murdered his wife. Guess what, MTV and VH1, WE ALREADY KNOW WHAT YOU DID. At the very least you could be honest about these things. No one is confused about whether or not you’re placing human beings in self-destructive, alcohol-fueled situations in order to make money, especially not with last-minute back-pedaling and tepid appeals towards people’s humanity.
The Internet is so sorry for using your footage out of context, MTV. If anything, you, MTV, are the victim here. It’s our fault for making you mad. If we hadn’t made you so mad this never would have happened. We promise not to be so clumsy in the future.