MTV Pulls The Plug On Violent “Jersey Shore” Scene

This week’s episode of “Jersey Shore” was supposed to be the one where viewers would see Snooki get sucker-punched by a drunken bar-goer, but after a sneak peek of the punch quickly garnered controversy and went viral as a gif, MTV has decided to pull the plug on airing the scene, calling it “disturbing.” Duh, of course it is, and so was the almost celebratory sharing of the gif, which the internet seemed to find hysterical. The network released this statement:

“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.”

Wait, wait. MTV took the video footage out of context to use as super-OMG-exciting teaser footage, is mad that viewers weren’t able to put it in context on their own, and now the network is going to pretend like the fight never happened? MTV needs to show the fight in context and not let what happened to Snooki be reduced to an internet meme, especially if it truly wants to make some sort of statement against violence. MTV suddenly getting skittish and pretending it has morals is a little too late, at this point — the episode should air as it was originally intended, in my opinion. [E! Online]