Stuck in bed with a cold/SARS, or atleast that’s what it seems like. Perhaps my body is just reacting to the absolutely atrocious television series that are undoubtedly going to lead to some really unacceptable behavior amongst teens everywhere. It really makes me look back at the television I enjoyed when I was a teen. Granted, I watched Seinfeld at an inappropriate age, but that show is pure genius and quite frankly I didn’t understand half of the jokes anyway. Elaine has shaped my life for the better.
But seriously MTV ..WHAT IS THIS SHIT?! Let’s start with the oh so popular Teen Mom. Doesn’t get any classier than this. As if teenage girls aren’t easily influenced enough, they now get to watch a bunch of white trash (yea, I said it) girls get preggers and be rewarded with publicity, magazine covers, and a show that without a doubt pays their bills. Before anyone with a Bristol Palin T-shirt rips my head off, let me just say I have a lot of respect for younger people with kids, as long as they take care of business and act like adults. Which none of these females do whatsoever. Most of the show features them being toted around in pick up trucks trying to date someone new while their clueless friends babysit their precious nuggets who deserve a better life.
I’m curious if the babies had to sign anything? I’d be pissed if I found out I was being televised as an infant without my consent. And also, who is doing the hair on this show?! Everyone’s highlights are simply heinous.
Next, SKINS. I’m not an idiot, high schoolers are obviously going to do reckless things regardless and perhaps this was MTV’s attempt to be “realistic.” But glamorizing these acts and making them APPEALING is quite possibly the worst thing a tv show could do. From what I remember, being wild in high school usually involved Smirnoff ice, chugging a beer before a basketball game, trying to find a ride to taco bell at 3 am, or sneaking out and praying to God my mom (or sarah’s) didn’t find out (which they always did..because we were morons). Good old fashioned mischief. It’s good to have shows that acknowledge the actual behavior of people instead of playing it safe and being unrealistic. But THIS is a bit much, So let’s not all be surprised when kids start trying to make the show their reality. Not to mention…the acting is really awful.
Why not make a REAL show about something inspiring? Like less fortunate kids trying to get out & go to college, or kids after college trying to chase their dreams and make it in the real world (aka Brandon Monokian and I). For every hour of negativity you see on the television, you are supposed to make up for it with 3 hours of positivity. So, if you DO decide to watch these shows…I suggest you have some Boy Meets World or Saved by the Bell DVD’s handy for the aftermath.