Wednesday, April 6, 2011

MTV's Promotion of Teenage Pregnancy is Revolting

As most of you know, I am not a fan of children. However, while you may think that I am totally judging the kid as it is running around the nice restaurant screaming and coloring on the walls, in reality, I am judging the parents. No, I am not one to walk up to a random person's baby and tell them how cute it is or ask to hold it. I won't even hold my family or friends' babies for the mere fact that I am terrified of breaking or hurting it. 

:::Side-note: In case you haven't figured it out by now, but I call babies "it":::

While I don't think that most people are capable of raising a child (friends and family included), I don't agree with MTV's way of promoting being a teenage mom to be cool through their hit show 16 and Pregnant. I understand that they follow these 16-year-old pregnant chicks around to show how difficult it is to be pregnant at such a young age and scare the high school girls straight. However, in reality I believe that the opposite message is being sent to these young girls - that if you get pregnant at 15 or 16 years of age, then you can be famous and be on MTV. 

After the pregnancy, these girls from the show continue filming on another MTV show called Teen Mom. Girls in their adolescence don't want to do what is right - they want to do what makes them popular. If being on their own reality show on MTV isn't a fast way to the top of the popularity food chain, than I don't know what is.  I see these teenage mothers from the show in the tabloids and on television on shows like Access Hollywood and E! News, which definitely helps these girls portray the "cool effect." 


While most people who are out of college and older can comprehend the struggles and difficulties of teenage pregnancy and can appreciate the message that this show is supposed to portray, an immature high school student will only see that girls their age are able to get famous by having MTV camera crews follow them and their deadbeat boyfriends around.

It truly amazes me that this MTV show can be so popular without must press from groups such as Planned Parenthood. Also, how is 16 and Pregnant on it's second or third season, yet the show that was on NBC called Baby Borrowers where they had teenage couples who were thinking about getting pregnant borrow adult couple's children at all different ages. Now this was a brilliant show that would scare any teenage girl into not wanting to have a kid at anytime. Yet, there was only one season of this show. So why is it that this wasn't popular, but shows like the ones on MTV and also ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager such huge hits?  

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