MTV’s Teen Mom conveys a poor message…

On June 11th, 2009, MTV aired its first episode of “16 & Pregnant,” a show that followed 4 teenagers that were having their first child. After the first season ended, “Teen Mom
aired, and caught up with the girls after they had delivered their babies. Does
this kind of thing happen in real life? Do teenagers get pregnant? YES. Do they
experience difficult times while trying to juggle high school, relationships,
jobs and families? YES. If they’re depicting real life events, what’s the
issue? Why is this “phenomenon” so controversial? .

The four original “teen moms”; Amber Portwood, Maci Bookout,
Farrah Abraham, and Catelynn Lowell, gained almost INSTANT fame from this
television show. Unfortunately, not all of them handled it well. Now 20 year
old Amber Portwood is being watched under a microscope. She was caught on
camera on several occasions displaying cases of domestic violence to her baby’s
father, Gary Shirley, in front of their daughter, Leah. In Indiana, this is
illegal, (as it should be in every state.) Since the show aired, Amber lost
custody of Leah. According to “ABC”, Portwood was hospitalized on
Tuesday, June 14th, for attempted suicide. Click HERE
to read the article.

Why is any of this relevant?

Since the show aired, MTV received an OVERWHELMING amount of phone calls and
e-mails, about PREGNANT TEENAGERS who wanted to be on the show. Regardless of
the fact that it put MTV’s ratings through the roof, girls were getting the
wrong message. Yes, this can happen, but it IS preventable. They were
glorifying teen pregnancy for RATINGS. These girls do not understand what they
give up when they have a child at such a young age. They are trying to get
pregnant, to be on television. What has happened to morals, values, and the
youth of America? The show is still in production, and will continue to be,
until enough “groups” see what I’m trying to convey. Heres what we can expect this upcoming season.

~Brianna Rivera


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