Video suggests Jersey Shore ice-throwing was staged

An analysis of footage of Jersey Shore‘s ice-throwing incident, in which Deena and Snooki retaliate against an Italian bartender who threw ice at her by smashing bottles, suggests that the scene was actually staged.

After an ironically staged introduction to his video blog, comedian Sean Klitzner–who has previously worked as the Ryan Seacrest-like host at Disney’s Hollywood Studio American Idol attraction–runs down the evidence, including showing the footage in slow motion. It appears that the ice was thrown by a producer wearing an earpiece and carrying a radio, and it’s pretty compelling evidence.

Why would the editors would leave two brief but very clear shots of that producer, including one in which it looks like she’s coaching Snooki? Perhaps it’s hubris, or there’s another explanation. In any case, it doesn’t appear that anyone else has noticed this, perhaps because Jersey Shore‘s audience is so used to being misled they don’t even notice any more.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.