November 4, 2010 / 3:10 AM / in 8 years

MTV apologizes for "Jersey Shore" segment

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - MTV has issued an apology to a gay-rights group for a segment during last week’s “Jersey Shore” reunion special.

'Jersey Shore' reality TV star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino and professional dancing partner Karina Smirnoff pose backstage after the premiere of ABC's series "Dancing with the Stars Season 11" in Los Angeles September 20, 2010. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) decried as offensive a scene where Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino flirts with an unidentified nightclub patron described by his friends as a “tranny.”

GLAAD described it as “one of the most blatantly transphobic scenes aired anywhere on television in the last few years.” The group said MTV has agreed to remove the segment after the current rotation cycle.

Said MTV: “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.”

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