I may get some flack for this, and I’m fine with that. This is a blog, so if you disagree with me, by all means, leave a comment. Many of you remember some of my sentiments concerning the young pregnancy issue from a previous post. I am a single, childless, black male, so “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant” don’t really pertain to my demographic. I do watch quite a bit of MTV, though (I miss when they played music videos during the day and not obscure hours of the night). The fact that “16 and Pregnant” and its spin-off “Teen Mom” are successful shows is enough to make me want to throw up (not from morning sickness, either). Are we glorifying this? Why are these girls making the covers of magazines? Is it cool to get pregnant now when you don’t even have a high school diploma yet?
I don’t even want to get into the baby-daddy issues we are presented with on the regular because that is sickening, too. When I was in high school (damn, that makes me feel old), the girls who got pregnant were cast into the abyss. Granted, I went to a suburban school where our biggest concerns were where the keg party was going to be, who we were going to ask to Homecoming, and where we wanted to go to college. So, when I read that some teenagers are intentionally getting pregnant in hopes of scoring a spot on MTV, I just about lost it. Are you kidding me? What does this say about our society that people are this desperate to get on TV? I don’t want to completely bash all of MTV’s reality shows because I think “True Life” really does paint an honest and gritty look into some hardships that people go through. I’m not convinced when it comes to “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom”, though. The title, “Teen Mom”, doesn’t even sit well with me. What about teen parents? I digress. That’s another blog topic for another day.