What do you think about shows like these? (and the fact that MTV asked NJ to subsidize Jersey Shore)
(CNN) - "Whatever happens, happens."
That's the motto of the cast of the new MTV show "Buckwild," which has drawn the eye of a U.S. senator.
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Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, described "Buckwild" as a "travesty" in a letter to the television network.
"This show plays to ugly, inaccurate stereotypes about the people of West Virginia," he wrote.
Appalachian party animals bring together booze, brawls and backwoods, filling the void left by "Jersey Shore," the MTV hit that is going off the air after six seasons. On the characters' agenda: "throwing a dump truck pool party" and "building their own human slingshot," the show's website says.
Manchin called for the network to cancel the show, which is set to begin airing in January.
MTV had no comment on the request.
"Let me tell you: our people have given their all for this great country," Manchin wrote of his fellow West Virginians. "They've done the heavy lifting to produce the energy that is needed to produce the steel that builds our factories and cities. The proud veterans of our state have shed more blood and made more sacrifices than most other states to keep America free. We're proud of all we do to make America strong and secure the cherished freedoms that you seem so determined to abuse."
"Jersey Shore" also drew objections from political leaders in the Garden State.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed tax credits for the show approved by a state economic development board in 2011, saying, "As chief executive I am duty-bound to ensure that taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the State and its citizens."
- CNN's Rachel Wells and Stephanie Goldberg contributed to this report
by ErinelizzDecember 9, 2012 at 9:21 AMThis.
I've never watched a single episode of Jersey Shore or any of that other trash. The only reality show I watch is Sister Wives, which I actually think helps viewers to break a stereotype.
People love stereotypes and trash tv. MTV is giving the majority of their viewers what they want. The basic Jackass in real life scenarios.
Me personally I agree with the senator, they are horrible and I refuse to view them to raise their rating.
Like Jersey Shore isn't stereotypical Italian..c'mon.
And the "Housewives" series? Why would anyone rich or poor, want to be shown as a drunk, idiotic, implanted, pile of plasma, clearly useful for only one thing?
And that show "16 and pregnant" (is that the right title?) is NOT a travesty? IMHO, that's the worst one.
Just to throw this thought out there:
If reality shows are stereotypical of a certain "genre" of people, how is portraying them...politically correct?
December 9, 2012 at 10:34 AMI agree with his tastes; however, you can't tell MTV to cancel it simply because you find it trashy.
And I have to admit, this dump truck pool party thing intrigues me - anyone want to fill this West Coast chick in on what that is?
by PamRDecember 9, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Reality shows tend to deal in stereotypes, don't they?
Aren't all of the, "reality shows", on MTV and any other network a travesty? Isn't that what makes the sick public watch them?
i agree. i don't watch MTV (or RTV, as I call it) anymore. it's a huge joke that used to be a pretty decent channel
by Kate_Momof3December 9, 2012 at 3:04 PM
I don't understand your question.
\If reality shows are stereotypical of a certain "genre" of people, how is portraying them...politically correct?