MTV was the first on the reality television scene and they just keep doing it over and over again. Here’s another one for the books: “16 & Pregnant”.
Before I even know about the show or exactly what they will be covering, I’m cringing. Because the show could honestly go two ways and really be disastrous.
So let’s see– if the show completely romanticizes the idea of being a teen and pregnant, obviously not good. But on the other hand, who knows! It may actually show that being a teenage parent is hard. It’s not easy. And furthermore, they could show the struggles of those who do it.
Okay, so with those thoughts, let’s see what the show is really documenting:
“‘MTV has a long history of reflecting the lives of our viewers with compelling reality stories,” Tony DiSanto, MTV’s president of programming, said in a statement. “’16 & Pregnant’ follows the journey of six young women going through an immensely life-changing experience at such a young age. Each episode tells a new, unique story and shows the real-life challenges they face from dealing with family and friends to school and finances as new mothers. This is the real secret life of an American teenager.”
“Given that the teen birth rate is on the rise for the first time in a generation, MTV’s ’16 & Pregnant’ is extremely timely,” added Sarah Brown, chief executive officer of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. “We applaud MTV for using their unique and compelling style of storytelling to bring this important programming to their devoted audience. The show provides an honest portrayal of the challenges of too-early pregnancy and parenthood. The stories in ’16 & Pregnant’ are full of hope, heartbreak, and real-life consequences and should be a must viewing for teens nationwide.”
I think I’ll tune in. What about you?
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