I feel sorry for young kids these days. The CHILDREN who are on MTV’s ’16 and Pregnant’ don’t understand that they are all being used to sell advertising. They think it’s great that they’re on television and will do just about anything to make it happen.
Last night, ’16 and Pregnant’ showed a young woman Markai Durham thinking through having an abortion. Eventually, she decided that it was the best move for her — all while the cameras kept rolling. Now, I’m not going to get into the debate about whether or not it’s right for Markai Durham to have an abortion. What I’m talking about is a network’s DECISION TO TAPE AND AIR IT.
The special was called ‘No Easy Decision’ and I’m sure a group on execs sat around a big table over coffee and discussed which shots they were hoping to get, how many tears they could pull from Markai and which angles would make the most sense when she announced her decision. ALL WHILE THIS YOUNG GIRL is doing something that she will live with for the rest of her life.
It’s gone too far. Reality television needs some boundaries and I think it starts right here.
She didn’t have an abortion. She had her baby.
She did have an abortion. The show was filmed while her daughter was a few months old. She didn’t get her Depo shot and had the abortion when she was 6 weeks pregnant. I think that MTV did an excellent job dealing with this topic. Through 16 and pregnant teens get an accurate picture of what teenaged motherhood is really like and through this they saw that having a child is hard and having an abortion is hard. 16 adn pregnant showed 3 girls who opted for adoption and now they’ve showed the other option available to women. Whether you are pro life or pro choice we must all recognize that women have 3 legal options when they find out they are pregnant- keep the baby, put the baby up for adoption, or abortion. Hopefully with increased sex education the number of teens weighing this decision will decrease.
you’re stupid. did you not read the article you’re commenting on? Yes, she had a baby. Then she got pregnant AGAIN and had an abortion. Read next time idiot.
I’m glad they showed the process and painful decision making she went through, whether or not she decided to go through with the abortion. MTV is doing a wonderful thing by showing kids who DON’T get sex education what happens with teen pregnancy. The REALITY of what happens, that not everyone is capable of keeping and raising a child and that many, many women deal with the option of abortion on a daily basis.
Vera, I’m surprised that you seem to be against this sort of sex education. They need to get it somewhere and if they’re not getting it from the adults in their lives, better MTV than nothing.
This is not sex education. What it is, in reality, is the glamorizing of teen pregnancy. Look at all the magazine and “news” coverage of teen mom’s. Girls’ desperate for attention are not looking at this as educational, but as self-promotion.
Teens know they can get pregnant or diseases. They’re not stupid, they just don’t have the maturity (like many adults) to think it could really happen to them or consider any consequences.
I never called them stupid. If they don’t have the exposure to teen pregnancy, like a lot of the girls on the show didn’t, they’ll continue to think it’s not a big deal and have unprotected sex.
I’m not sure how this is self-promotion for them. They’re not promoting a happy life that they lead after giving birth. They aren’t happy or settled, they go through a lot of pain and anguish and have to hit the adult reality wall hard.
Without seeing the aftermath of teen pregnancy, how are kids who aren’t being educated at school or by their parents going to know about the risks they’re taking? They won’t and that’s the point.
I feel bad for people who see these shows as advertisements or self-promotion. If you can’t look beyond the media aspect to the whole point of the show and listen to what these kids are actually saying (Use protection unlike I did, be careful, don’t have sex until you’re ready etc.—b/c they ARE saying these things), you should probably watch the shows a bit more closely.
I think that this will help knock some sense into the kids watching this show. I know a lot of girls don’t mind the potential risk of pregnancy because “babies are so cute!” and “you get special attention when you’re pregnant!”
My understanding is the show in general has showed a lot of the more sucky parts of being a parent as a teen… the potential for an abortion is just as important. Even if after seeing it, the kid decides she can’t do it and needs to have the baby.
societies standards are so low. i cant believe this is what is available for entertainment. As a teacher i see the effects it has on my students. they think that everything they see on tv is normal and acceptable. its not!
and as a teacher your name is “tequilagirl83″ anyway…
I don’t think its that evil and i agree with people saying it allowed teens to see more of the downside of having a kid that’s its not just a cute doll to play dress up with.
I think the show ’16 and pregnant’ is ludicrous. Look at that poor Amber Portwood girl – she was just a regular teenager thrust into the crazy media frenzy over reality tv and her life is a mess – worse than it would’ve been if she’d just kept her private life private. Now she’s suddenly this ‘celebrity’ who has no clue what to do about it. I hate the way they are exploiting these young girls. This show was not sex education. People aren’t tuning in to learn lessons, trust me.
I agree with you Vera.
If teens were watching this show and learning from it, I’d be the first to stand up and applaud MTV for giving the world such an amazing learning tool. However, this isn’t what is happening at all. Kids are seeing the money tossed at the people on this show, the fame that it has brought them and in this day and age where we have celebrities who are famous for no other reason than they are rich and lead a glamorous lifestyle–that is what a large faction of teenagers are seeing. They don’t care about anything other than the celebrity end of the show and think this is the way to get famous.
Actually its proven through statistic that there are fewer teen pregnancies because of this show. Yes the girls get paid but it all goes into a trust for them once they get older. They have to struggle and support themselves and that is what this show is about. Showing young girls that its not easy, yes you can do it, but its TONS better to just put on your big girl panties and get on birth control. The show tells how hard it is and what these girls go through. Its not glamorous in any way.
I don’t think ALL of the money they’re paid goes into a trust. Amber Portwood (one of the teen moms from a previous season) stated in court recently that her salary is $280,000 a year.
I agree with the rest of your comments, but I just wanted to bring this fact into light. While MTV may begin a trust (I’m not sure), there is definitely a large sum that goes directly to the teen mom. I would say $280,000 is more than enough for Amber to support her child and to live comfortably.
All desicions made by these young girls are hard ones. Its really about time that they show all the options people have when they get pregnant. Whether or not you’re pro choice it is a legal and available option and should be talked about. This show does its job in showing the hard life choices that these particular teen moms have to make. There is nothing glamorous about it, and its definitely not an easy choice. I have personally talked to a lot of young girls who say that they’ve gotten on birth control because of the show so it is working.
While the show does NOT prevent pregnancy in teen girls (there are girls who get pregnant just to be on the show), I do not agree with your point of view. Showing a girl who contemplates abortion is the same thing as showing a girl who decides to keep the baby and a girl who decides to give the baby up for adoption. The only reason you are offended/appalled is because your personal preferences would not take the abortion route. There is nothing wrong with your POV, but I just want to point out that it is biased.
This episode was devestating, and made it clear just how awful abortion is on a mother. It was obvious that the effects were simply awful, and honestly the regret that she felt afterwards was painfully obvious. Whether she believed the bull that the baby is “just a blob of cells” or not, it’s tragic that it’s a decision she’ll have to live with for the rest of her life.
Abortion really isn’t that awful. Some people don’t even regret it.
True, but we’ve been brainwashed to believe so. Take a look here:
Murdering your baby is not an option!! This is absolutely evil, and now it is on airways to encourage young moms. Its so sick! Society today is really messed up, I wont watch MTV and would never rely on them to guiding my childs decision making. This is the most horrible type of show I have ever heard of. Life is Precious, Life begins at the moment of conception. This is murder, and she now has blood on her hands, and everyone as witnessed. She will deeply regret this decision. She only has God to answer to now.
A baby is not a baby until it’s born…and if the abortion is done within the first nine weeks you can just get a pill and its just causes a miscarriage. which it pretty natural.
Get a fucking life or go back to the Middle Age! Only (organized Abrahamic) religions came with the crap that abortion is murder. Not not even them, but the people behind them, manipulating the sheeple. Less abortions, more slaves for the society, more cannonball meat, more to manipulate. U and all u religious pieces of shit are too stupid to understand that. Smth normal and natural like abortion has been demonized and we pretend to live in the 21st century! So wrong… And how do u call countless children suffering or unwanted all around the world? Gifts from ur idiot god, right? Anyway such shows are to brainwash us more and more. Not the crews behind them are to blame, but us, who swallow all thats given to us.
I think the show helps. I watched the ‘life after labor’ special the other night, and it was shocking to hear how many of the girls weren’t thoroughly taught REAL “sex education”. The one girls father was SHOCKED to hear what his daughter had learned in sex ed. You can’t just tell teens ‘abstinence is the answer’ and leave it at that. Teens these days need to SEE the nasty, ugly side of teen sex, teen pregnancy, and other consequences they could face by having unprotected sex. I agree, 16&pregnant could be a little more in depth with what the girls REALLY face, but I mean the tears, and the anquish on these girls faces are real! Teens need to see that in order to learn!
I think you are overreacting. Abortion is part of teen pregnancy, I am surprised that it hasn’t been addressed in other seasons. It needs to be discussed. Get over it.
I agree with people saying these shows glamorize teen pregnancy. I think that they put girls/couples on who have a lot of support and honestly where they would like to film. I say go to the less desirable places. I work on the south side of Chicago and I can tell you there is nothing glamorous in teens having babies. I’ve had teen clients as young as 11 have a child. They NEED to film this. Some of the girls are literally homeless, and have no help. I also want them to focus on how bad it is for teens to have babies. The babies are sometimes born extremely premature and have higher risks of medical diagnosis, such as spina bifida and down syndrome. Also sometimes their bonds are affected because the girls suffer from depression (which moms of all ages might as well) because they resent having the child. I’ve left homes where I cried when I left because the mom just didn’t bother to pay attention to her child and there was no one else to bond with the child. I want MTV to show this!
If you watch most of the episodes, a lot of the girls do not have “a lot of” support. Very few are supported by both their parents as well as the father of their child. MTV does show the emotional effects of placing a child up for adoption with Season 1′s Catelynn and Season 3′s Ashley, as well as how these young moms have to step up and be adults when many do not have the proper support from the child’s father that they need. Though the show does not portray what yu have described in Chicago, in it’s own way it has portrayed the real truth about teen pregnancy: from having to sacrifice your high school years to ending a romantic relationship to having to put your college dreams on hold, MTV has done a realistic and great job in portraying what these teen moms from ALL walks of life have to go though.
Whether people think its wrong or right…it happens more often than ANYONE even knows.
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