MTV is currently filming its fifth season of the network’s popular show “16 & Pregnant” but when they were attempting to record teenage mother Maddy’s two-month update, the town’s mayor put a stop to the film crews. Tinley Park, Illinois mayor Edward Zabrocki says he doesn’t want the show to film in his town because it sends the “wrong message.” MTV was filming Maddy and her boyfriend Cody. Maddy’s due date was in October and MTV usually films a “follow up” when the baby is a couple months old. In his defense Mayor Zabrocki (pictured below) says:
“I don’t have my head in the sand to think it doesn’t go on in this town; it does. But let’s not add to the glorification process. Where’s my ten minutes in the sun? Five minutes on TV? How do I get on there, get pregnant? Is that a good message to send out? I think the initial concept of the show probably made some sense, but over the years with reality TV, etc, that kinda thing, I think it glamorizes unwed mothers. This is a quick and easy way for some young ladies, 14, 15, 16-years-old, to have it in their mind, ‘This is how I get on TV and have my ten minutes of fame.’ I think it sends the wrong message and I feel very strongly about it.”
In the hit reality show, MTV follows pregnant teenagers for five to seven months as they “navigate the bumpy terrain of adolescence, growing pains, rebellion, and coming of age; all while dealing with being pregnant.” Mayor Zabrocki has discouraged local businesses from allowing MTV to film there. He has also banned MTV from filming at Maddy’s high school or a local railroad restaurant. Bill Albert, the chief program officer for The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy challenges Mayor Zabrocki’s ban saying:
“I would challenge anyone to actually watch the shows and walk away from them and see anything in their lives that appear to be glamorous. In our view this is really sex education for the 21st century.”
MTV declined to comment but Mayor Zabrocki was on HLN’s “On Call With Dr. Drew” on Tuesday, December 17th where he said that the show wasn’t beneficial because the stars were paid actors. I personally don’t think the show glamorizes pregnancy at all. In fact, for the first time in years, teenage pregnancy has hit an all time low. Something I think MTV, the Teen Mom franchises, and 16 & Pregnant franchises have helped contribute to. What are your thoughts? Post your comments below.
Source: ABC News
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