November 2nd, 2010
04:26 PM ET
Fox's hit "Glee" isn't the only show the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has faulted for employing a word used to refer to the transgender community that some people find offensive.
On October 26, during the show's "Rocky Horror" episode, “tra**y” was used as “an easy punch line," according to GLAAD. Then, days later, the alliance said the "Jersey Shore" reunion special took an offensive turn, as well.
While revisiting some of the season’s most memorable moments, the special - which first aired on October 28 - flashed back to an instance at a Miami nightclub. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was flirting with a blonde club-goer who his cast mates later referred to as a “tra**y.”
“If you have to think about it, it is a tra**y - stay away,” the cast members said.
Despite the fact that MTV is the first network to earn an “excellent” rating from GLAAD, the alliance wrote: “MTV’s hit reality show ‘Jersey Shore’ featured one of the most blatant examples of transphobia seen on television during its Reunion Special.”
MTV addressed the issue in a statement: “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.”
GLAAD also reported that “the offensive material will be omitted from the updated version” of the special.
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