'Jersey Shore': Snooki's punch faded to black

snooki-jersey-shore-320.jpgMTV's attack of conscience over footage of a female "Jersey Shore" cast member getting punched by a guy resulted in a few seconds of a blank screen Thursday night.

After prominently featuring the incident -- in which New York gym teacher Brad Ferro clocked "Shore" cast member Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi in the face -- in its promos for the show, then having second thoughts after people complained about it, MTV decided not to show the punch, which was placed near the end of Thursday's episode. Instead, viewers saw a black screen for a few seconds, followed by footage of Snooki crying and Ferro being led away by police.

MTV ended the episode by showing the number for a domestic-violence hotline and reminding us that violence against women is wrong. Right before showing footage of from next week featuring Jenni "JWoww" Farley mixing it up with another woman at a club. Sigh.

So violence against women is wrong, unless it's a catfight? Thanks for the mixed message, MTV -- and stay classy.

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