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The Horror of MTV's New Show, 16 and Pregnant

The Horror of MTV's New Show, 16 and Pregnant


MTV's new show 16 and Pregnant about kids having kids is hard to watch. Last night's episode featured Maci and Ryan, a Chattanooga, TN, couple who accidentally conceived and were staying together to raise their baby. At 16, Maci got pregnant by her first boyfriend while doing the "hokey pokey" and announced the news to her mother via a text message. After 30 hours of labor, she gave birth to their healthy and darling son, Bentley.

While the teenage mama enrolled in college, worked part time for her father, and participated on dance team, her mom babysat. New papa Ryan worked, exercised, hung out with his friends, and slept. Though he barely held the baby and acted annoyed anytime his fiancé asked him to feed or change the infant, he showed his love for his lil boy by getting an enormous tattoo of his son's name across his body. While MTV is trying to give teens a sneak peek at the realities of young parenthood, it's impossible to view the program and not feel sorry for the poor kids born into these ignorant situations and worry how their lives will pan out.

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CaitlinT CaitlinT 5 years
This is extremely sad! It sucks that these young people chose this path...yes they did choose it!! It also sucks for the kids born. They have no other choice and unfortunately, those kids are going to know no different then what they see and they are most likely going to keep this cycle going. e cig
CaitlinT CaitlinT 5 years
This is extremely sad! It sucks that these young people chose this path...yes they did choose it!! It also sucks for the kids born. They have no other choice and unfortunately, those kids are going to know no different then what they see and they are most likely going to keep this cycle going. <a href="http://www.electroniccigarettesinc.com">e cig</a>
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
I watched it, and while they did show the baby crying, a crappy boyfriend, things like that, I really felt like teenagers who watch it will see more positive than negative. These kids were under different circumstances. They had their own apartment, they are both high school graduates (and she graduated at 16), she also had a job working for her dad. There are going to be a lot of 16 year olds who don't have those kinds of opportunities, and by seeing someone's life with a baby that is shown in maybe an hour, they will not get the full picture. They will see some struggles, but they also see baby showers, the attention, etc. To me, it's glamorization because in one hour you cannot possibly show every struggle, every detail. You can't even get a taste. So all you see is a girl who is in college, has a weird boyfriend, lives alone, works for her dad, has an apartment and just happens to have a baby who cries occasionally. AND people watching her child while she cannot be around. The teenagers who watch this show will not see the up all night, making tons of bottles, incessant diaper changes, spit up, dirty laundry piling up. They hardly see any of the negativity, and therefore it won't deter them from having kids. This show is not a good way of "proving" to kids that having a baby that young will suck. They need it have it spelled out for them. The cost of having a child. Especially with no health insurance for check ups during the pregnancy, etc. That is what they need to see. Oh, and they also need to see 24/7 reality.
MonicaNichole03 MonicaNichole03 6 years
I completely agree. It was hard to watch hearing her delight in the attention of her classmates. Also her situation is very rare. Most teen couples do not have their own apartment or even friends who stick around.
Nadia24gv Nadia24gv 6 years
Good, glad the moron didn't nurse. It wouldn't have helped the baby anyway. With parents that fcuking stupid, he is bound to be a mouth breather anyway. Also,what a pathetic excuse. I breastfed for 27 months and I don't recalling any "cleaning up", as she said, after nursing. WTMF?
Ashybaylor Ashybaylor 6 years
I have to question whether some of you watched the show or not. & I don't see how it matters if they show that the parents are helping them out etc, the point is to show the struggles of pregnancy! Does a 16 year old watching the show really and truly understand what it means for a parent to help their child out? No...showing that side of it to young teens is not going to make a difference. The point is to show them that it changes their lives, that it does not mean that their boyfriend will be with them forever. That a baby is cute, but it is a LOT of work. This show is not for adults, it is to show those teens having sex what the repercussions are. How do you not get it? That teenage girl was sent to a different school, she was stared at, she was singled out, she had to grow up, her boyfriend did nothing. In what way shape or form is it being glamorized? They did NOT sugar coat that show at all.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 6 years
^ that's a rhetorical question by the way - I'm not really looking for an answer. :-)
Kimpossible Kimpossible 6 years
Christine said: "I wish they would stop showing TV shows like this. I think it glamorizes teen pregnancy and doesn't do a good job of showing how screwed you are if it happens" and I couldn't agree more. Why do people watch this crap?
Kimpossible Kimpossible 6 years
Christine said: "I wish they would stop showing TV shows like this. I think it glamorizes teen pregnancy and doesn't do a good job of showing how screwed you are if it happens"and I couldn't agree more. Why do people watch this crap?
Renees3 Renees3 6 years
i went to HS with a girl that by the time we were seniors, she had three children. It's sad because these teenagers usually aren't the ones raising the children, it's the grandparents. And what these shows sometimes don't show is that not everyones parents are that willing to take on that responsabilty. Are they willing to drop out of school to work and raise the child on their own? Can they afford housing, food, medical bills etc? I do thing these shows sometimes show the "lighter" side of teen pregnancy, because they usually show the middle class, supportive family type people. Which from my experience (my HS had a day care on campus for all the mothers still in school) that's not usually the people that are having the babies.
Ashybaylor Ashybaylor 6 years
I don't see how watching a show about 2 teenagers getting pregnant and going through extremely difficult times can "glamorize" teenage pregnancy. I think that this is reality, and sometimes those clueless kids really need to get a dose of it. It is much better to be educated than ignorant on the issue, and if they learned one thing by watching that show about sex/pregnancy/life, then I think it was successful. What we saw was how one set of teenage parents handled finances, school, life, raising a child, and absolute stress. I think it will turn to "glamorizing" it if they show teenage pregnancy after teenage pregnancy being happy and all "perfect", otherwise, I think one could be enlightened to the reality one faces as a teenage mother and father.
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
Yes, it's very disturbing. It's just so blatantly obvious that this is not what they want. However, I watched this on MTV.com just before, to see what it was all about -- and she seems like a good girl, who made a mistake, and who wants to raise her baby right. Her boyfriend is just stuck in the place he doesn't want to be in. I can't help but feel the tattoo is just a way of denying his resentment, so he's trying to overcompensate by doing something like getting a tattoo of his son's name. I wish they would stop showing TV shows like this. I think it glamorizes teen pregnancy and doesn't do a good job of showing how screwed you are if it happens. Just like that stupid TV serious "The Secret Life of the American Teenager". A little 16 year old goes walking around the house 1 day after telling her mom she is having a baby goes "But...I'm pregnant!" in a way that your friend would just tell you in that self-aggrandizing way that they just got a new car for their 17th birthday. It's ridiculous.
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
Yes, it's very disturbing. It's just so blatantly obvious that this is not what they want. However, I watched this on MTV.com just before, to see what it was all about -- and she seems like a good girl, who made a mistake, and who wants to raise her baby right. Her boyfriend is just stuck in the place he doesn't want to be in. I can't help but feel the tattoo is just a way of denying his resentment, so he's trying to overcompensate by doing something like getting a tattoo of his son's name.I wish they would stop showing TV shows like this. I think it glamorizes teen pregnancy and doesn't do a good job of showing how screwed you are if it happens. Just like that stupid TV serious "The Secret Life of the American Teenager". A little 16 year old goes walking around the house 1 day after telling her mom she is having a baby goes "But...I'm pregnant!" in a way that your friend would just tell you in that self-aggrandizing way that they just got a new car for their 17th birthday. It's ridiculous.
lindsayj lindsayj 6 years
totally disturbing of course, and also, why can none of them chew properly? I knew sushi can be hard to eat sometimes, but you're on TV for god's sake
Smacks83 Smacks83 6 years
Um...couldn't he of used that tattoo money for formula or diapers or something baby-related? idiot.
Smacks83 Smacks83 6 years
Um...couldn't he of used that tattoo money for formula or diapers or something baby-related? idiot.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 6 years
Oh lord. Don't get me started...
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