Saturday, December 26, 2009

Teen Mom on MTV: I Feel Bad for Catelynn.

Catelynn and Tyler, kids on MTV's Teen Mom (formerly 16 and Pregnant) were prominently featured on this week's episode of Teen Mom. The struggle between Catelynn, her mother and her stepdad was portrayed very clearly, and not in a positive light.

My first thought was wondering how Catelynn's stepfather (who I believe is Tyler's dad) acted the way he did on television. I can see it happening privately, bu this show is aired on MTV!

In any case, I feel terrible for Catelynn. She and Tyler made a huge decision to allow their child to have a great life. They knew and understood their limitations, and made a courageous decision to give their child up for adoption. I don't understand how Catelynn's stepfather can be so cruel about that. Aside from that, it made me feel uncomfortable that Catelynn's mother just stood by as the drama unfolded. She should have stuck up for Catelynn.

It's so weird to me that Catelynn's family didn't want her to give up her child for adoption. Children cost money and time, and I'm not totally convinced that the family had either one of those things to share with the child. Adoption is not the end of communication. Catelynn and Tyler receive pictures and communications from Brandon and Theresa. They get, in a sense, the best of both worlds from a tough situation.

What I really admire is that Catelynn and Tyler are still together as a couple. This kind of thing can tear couples apart, and even at their young age, they prevailed.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Tough Love: Is Tina Dateable?

If you watched Tough Love this week, you saw the panel of male judges tell Tina that she was dateable, despite having a yearlong affair with a married man, because she showed remorse. What do you think about this? I would say Tina is dateable (as the panel agreed, but the girls at Boot Camp did not) because was remorseful about the event. I haven't been involved in a situation like that, but I can imagine that Tina probably felt a huge rush during the whole situation, which seems like such a deviation from her career-oriented personality. I kind of wonder how the situation ended, though - did she break it off? Did he? Even if she was involved for a year and then broke it off, I'd give her credit. It's a tough situation to be in, and breaking away is such an important thing to do.

Now, on to Jersey Shore. MTV is brilliant. Totally brilliant. As you probably know, Nicole (aka Snooki) was punched in the face by a man at a bar. Before the episode aired, MTV showed the event in the show's previews. MTV gave the clip to gossip shows like TMZ. I'm sure the video can be found all over the internet. Yet when the show aired, MTV blacked out the shot. I have a couple theories on why they did this. First, this makes MTV look responsible because advocacy groups asked that the clip not be aired. Second, this gave MTV a reason to leak the clip to news outlets, garnering more publicity, and to gain even more publicity when viewers who could not see the event on TV looked it up online. MTV, you sure know how to create controversy, make money and gain viewers.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Jersey Shore

Did anyone watch the premiere of Jersey Shore this week? It was like a trainwreck – mostly horrifying, but impossible to look away. I was surprised when it began, because I was expecting it to be a reality show like True Life, where a bunch of friends do something and MTV documents it. However, it turned out to be a show like The Real World. It was cast with people from the New Jersey, however most people were not actually from New Jersey.

This show is a great win for MTV. First of all, MTV gets lots of publicity because Italian American publications are protesting it because it portrays a negative image of Italian Americans. (Realistically, most people should know that a few people do not represent a whole group, but whatever.) I see their reasons for protesting, however, the people on this show are on the show voluntarily, and they know how they’re portraying themselves.

Secondly, MTV must have filmed this house on a shoestring budget. The people on the show actually have to work at a T-shirt store to get paid (which makes me believe that their payment for being on the show is minimal), and although the house is in a great location & has a great layout, the rent couldn’t have been too expensive because the house wasn’t huge and it looks like it hasn’t been redecorated since the seventies. You can see the camera crew struggling to work around the thin, wood-paneled hallway. (I wonder if the house’s owner will redecorate the house with the MTV earnings he gets.)

Plus, the show got lots of publicity when the participants were out in public selling things at the t-shirt store. People probably watched the show just to see if they’d be on it! The t-shirt store probably made millions from having the show filmed there, as well.

I do feel bad for the girls and guys who stopped by the house and were portrayed pretty horribly. I hope the girls who were in the hot tub with the guys can laugh off the incident. (I mean, they got a little crazy and the guys didn’t eve think that they were that pretty!)

My verdict on this show: it’s pretty awful, but totally worth watching. The nicknames everyone has even make it worth it. Mike “The Situation” loves to tell everyone things like, “You love The Situation!” Nicole, who goes by Snooki, gets called Snickers by everyone by accident. And, JWoww? I get it, but really?