MTV CANCEL ENITRE TEEN-MOM FRANCHISE INCLUDING 16 & PREGNANT
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In June, 2009 “16 andPregnant” aired on MTV followed by “Teen Mom” in December, 2009. We believe everyone involved in the creation of these shows started out with good intentions; to place a spotlight on teen pregnancy by showing the challenges young people face mentally, physically, emotionally and financially when bringing a child (ren) into the world.
However, over the years the tone of the shows have changed, with the focus being high ratings and monetary gain for Network/show creators. The emotional and life altering toll it has taken on the young men and women is apparent; with the children being put in the most jeopardy.
The shows now support and encourage racist views, irresponsible behavior, immoral behavior, favor based on bias, defamation of individuals who are in no way involved in the show, illegal behavior, drug use, domestic violence, DUI and bullying.
While the Network proclaims these shows are based on “reality” several cast members have admitted publicly that the scenes are scripted. The producers encourage “public bullying” to support a fictional storyline.
Some examples of the aforementioned:
Kailyn Lowry repeatedly uses her platform to defame Chris Lopez her child’s father. Ms. Lowry has also driven without a seatbelt, talked on her cellphone without using the “handsfree” option. Ms. Lowry took a stereotypical, racist view in regards to what she believes her son, Isaac’s hair cut should look like, as she stated “White boys don’t get their hair cut like that”. Ms. Lowry physically assaulted Javi Marroquin, on camera and was allowed to remain on the show.
Amber Portwood and her fiancé at the time, Matt Baier brought illegal drugs on set during the taping of a “reunion show”. Ms. Portwood physically assaulted her child, Leah’s father, Gary Shirley on camera and although she was charged, served prison time, she has remained on the show.
Ryan Edwards has struggled with drug addiction on camera, was filmed by show producers under the influence of drugs, falling asleep while driving and was allowed to remain on the show although he put himself, his fiancé Mackenzie and the general public in harms way.
Tyler Baltierra used an offensive racial slur (n-word) while video recording himself and posted the video on social media. MTV has allowed Mr. Baltierra to remain on the show. We find this particularly offensive due to the fact that MTV has not followed any African American teen mom, casting them on Teen Mom over the 9 years that the show has aired.
Leah Messer abused drugs while filming, DUI with her children in her vehicle while MTV filmed her actions. Ms. Messer jeopardized her safety, the safety of her children and the general public and she remains on the show.
MTV has clearly not set any boundaries or guidelines for the cast; as they are fully aware of the influence the cast has on young adults. In regards to the cast bullying each other on social media; MTV has encouraged this to boost ratings and increase monetary gain.
David Eason, husband of cast member Jenelle Evans-Eason was terminated from the show due to “homophobic comments” he made on social media. MTV has stated Mr. Eason’s comments “do not reflect the views of MTV” as the reason behind his termination.
While we agree that Mr. Eason’s comments are highly offensive, we also feel domestic violence, racial slurs, defamation, bullying, safety risks to the general public, illegal behavior and irresponsible drug use is also highly offensive. Any one of these offenses should warrant termination.
The fact that Mr. Eason was terminated while the other cast members have remained with MTV despite their offensive actions/behavior shows partiality towards certain cast members...”favoritism.”
MTV has encouraged a “bully like culture” amongst the cast and put the cast, crew and particularly children in harms way to boost ratings and increase monetary gain.
MTV has showed bias by not casting Black “Teen Moms” to boost ratings and increase monetary gain.
MTV has irresponsibly produced storylines to boost ratings and increase monetary gain without taking into consideration the negative impact it has had on the lives of the cast (particularly the children) and viewers.
MTV has exploited “children having children.”
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