"Jersey Shore’s" Smackdown Double Standard

Why would MTV block out Snookie's punch, but allow J-Woww's beat down?

By Dan Stamm
|  Friday, Jan 15, 2010  |  Updated 2:46 PM PDT
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"Jersey Shore’s" Smackdown Double Standard

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OK, so “Jersey Shore” viewers were treated to two-hours of the usual sex, booze, fighting and tans they’ve come to expect from the MTV reality show Thursday night.
 
But, they were also shown something that was blocked earlier this season  -- a girl on guy fight.
 
The victim this time was Mike The Situation Sorrentino. His attacker: Jenni J-Woww Farley.
 
Here’s what went down:

During a trip to the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, J-Woww and the crew were fist pumpin' it up at club Providence. But it seemed all that beat battlin' didn't work so well for her stomach. Adhering to the Guidette Code, she asked the noble Situtation to escort her to the room. Being the gentleman that he is, Mikey politely replied "Hell no" and turned back to his creeping.

Feeling violated, J-Woww swiftly replied not with words, but a smack to the head.

That move got her bounced from the club, but she wasn’t done with the beat down. The assault continued back in the hotel room as she landed a sideways punch right to the side of his face.

MTV summed up the blow on their Twitter Feed: “That punch was intense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

JWoww tweeted that it was "The punch heard round the world!"
 
The punch sure looked like it hurt and it drew private security into the room to break things up. By the end of the next episode, though, The Situation and J-Woww seemed to have smoothed things over.
 
Good for them, but that doesn’t answer why MTV felt they had to black out Nicole Snooki Polizzi's clock to the face at the hands of some dude, but then repeatedly show J-Woww beating The Situation. They even went as far as tweeting about it after.

The lesson they were trying to get across earlier in the season was that it's never right to hit another, right?

Obviously, there were some differences, including that charges were filed against the guy that decked Snooki, but MTV promoed that punch, before dumping it from the episode.

The Snooki punch was pulled in part because of outcry from groups concerned about the image of a woman getting hit by a man -- something that obviously is wrong.
 
MTV went further than just blacking out the punch, they even added a disclaimer about the wrongs of domestic violence, yet they felt no need to do the same after The Situation got smacked around.
 
Yes, most often, domestic disputes involve a man hitting a woman, but it can be a two-way street -- just ask Chuck Finley.

In New Jersey more than 75-percent of all domestic violence occurred against women in 2008, according to state police stats.

Were men the victims only 25-percent of the time or is it that men only reported abuse at that rate?

Whatever the cases may be, MTV felt it was OK to show a woman beating up a man, but not a man punching a woman.
 
Double standard?

Here's the episode:

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