The last time I was this happy for Thursday was in college, when I’d spend the night drinking dollar drafts at Mary Ann’s in Cleveland Circle and going home with random dudes from Boston College.
Now while most people use to consider NBC’s old line up ‘Must See TV’, I did not and there hasn’t been a good Thursday night show in quite sometime. Until a couple weeks ago when MTV premiered the wunderkind that is, Jersey Shore.
The minute I saw The Situation’s abs, Vinny’s fist pumping pit stains and Snooki’s poof – I knew I was in love. But like most relationships, the honeymoon period doesn’t last forever and some point, you’re bound to get annoyed with one and other. My annoyance with the Jersey Shore – scratch that – MTV, is their handling of ‘The Punch’.
If you remember back in the late 90’s during The Real World Seattle, MTV aired, what was later dubbed, ‘The Slap That Was Heard Around The World’. After alienating herself from her roommates, having a break down and losing her battle with lyme disease(no…seriously), Irene decided she would leave the bubble. On her way out of the house, Irene pulled Stephen aside and called him out for being a homosexual(Stephen would later be arrest for prostitution not once, but twice – girl had some good gaydar.). To get back at Irene, Stephen first threw her stuffed animal into the bay. When that wasn’t enough, he raced to her car, yanked the door open and smacked her.
MTV received a lot of flack for airing it, but people tuned in like crazy to see it. They hit the lottery. Cut to almost 12 years later, while the self-proclaimed ‘Princess Of Poughkeepsie’ is getting layed out by piece of shit and gym teacher, Brad Ferro. People freaked when they saw the wood nymph sized girl take a punch that would make most men fall to the ground, but they couldn’t wait to see what cause everything to transpire.
After weeks of being able to see the punch in previews and on blogs everywhere, MTV buckled and decided to pull the punch from the show. This is where I get punchy.
I, by no means, am condoning violence against women. I think if you punch or smack or physically harm a woman – you’re a piece of shit and should be thrown away with the trash. My problem is with MTV. MTV knew full well, they weren’t going to air the punch. But they knew they were sitting on a goldmine. Yeah, some advertisers would pull and they’d get a few angry letters – but the ratings would be through the roof and there would be five other advertisers willing to take over where the others left off. It’s a smart business move, but I still think it’s scummy of them to use it to their advantage and to be honest, I’m pissed that fell for one of the oldest tricks in the book.
But at the end of the day, I’m hypocrite. If I was so offended, I wouldn’t watch, right? Wrong. You know I will and I know you will too. So I’ll bring the pizza, you bring the hair gel and let’s talk about The Situation tonight.