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MTV's 16 & Pregnant: Just Fame For Expectant Teens?

MTV's 16 & Pregnant: Just Fame For Expectant Teens?

Season 2 of MTV's 16 & Pregnant is off to an explosive start! In the first episode, we watched baby mama Janelle disrespect her own mother and then expect her to care for the newborn so the teen could go out partying. Last night, 16-year-old Nikkole shrugged at the father of her infant's disgraceful behavior toward both her and her supportive mother. I was initially horrified by the first season, but quickly warmed up to the show and its stars — even rooting for them as they made their ways as Teen Moms. Do you think 16 & Pregnant offers an invaluable education to its viewers, or is it just giving pregnant teens an hour of unwarranted fame?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
I LOVE Catelynn and Tyler too. I think their story was the best of the series. I hope they do updates on the Mom's in the future, I want to see what happens with them a few years down the road.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I think it's an interesting concept. There have been episodes I've liked (Catelynn and Maci, both from the first season) and others I haven't. It really depends on the individual girl/couple featured. I do have to say that Catelynn has been my favorite "teen mom" thus far. The maturity she and Tyler have displayed impresses me. And, I think so few people think about adoption as an option. Even though she's struggled with her decision a little, I think viewers can see that she made the right decision for her.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
I think the girls in season 2 are using this as 15 Minutes of Fame, last season was a whole different ballgame. Farrah was the exception, but the others seemed genuine in showing how hard it is to be a Mom/Dad at a young age. They took their responsibilities seriously (the girls, the guys not so much). This season, both girls so far have been a major disappointment. In the case of Jenelle, she KNEW the cameras were on, why the heck did she go out partying and leave her son at home? I was never that immature, but if I knew I was being watched, I would be on my best behavior. Not saying that it would be acceptable if the cameras weren't there, but it makes you wonder how she acts when she's alone, she's probably worse. Her Mother was right about her loser boyfriend, her poor Mom is the one who's going to raise this child. As for the last girl, she was very immature too. The guy was a douche. All of these kids will have records of how their parents acted, I think there might be some resentment, especially towards the Dads.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
Please, no one is watching this show to get perspective, they are watching it to see someones life ruined.
starbucks2 starbucks2 6 years
Yeah, the teenager disrespecting their parents...I never ever would have talked to my mother disrespectful. It's usually the parents who try to be their kid's friends that get talked to like that. I see that with around my friends. Those (like me) who grew up with a distinct line between them and the parents are respectful and actually have a great relationship with their parents, those whose mothers wanted to party with them are being very disrespectful,even if it's meant as joke sometimes.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
You KNOW there are some teens out there who want to get pregnant (and likely will), just to be on TV.
KittyKatgrr KittyKatgrr 6 years
Being 25, single and pregnant. I have to admit I learned a lot from watching the "Teen Mom" show. Keep in mind that I mostly learned; What not to do! helpful none the less!
runningesq runningesq 6 years
oh, and Love It! - I totally agree about the young mothers disrespecting their prarents. I could never imagine calling my mom a "dumb bitch". So sad.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
Love It! -- while no one can ever truely be prepared for a baby, (generally) two adults (not teenagers) with jobs, a mortgage/ rent/ place of their own, stability are much MORE prepared ... emotionally, mentally, and financially. I can't watch this show anymore - and I love reality crap tv. It just makes me so sad.
MuppetsForDinner MuppetsForDinner 6 years
I DVRd Nikki's episode and had to turn it off when I just watched it. I've found that the best thing this show is for is realizing just how unaware teenage boys are! I haven't seen one episode where the Dad can shoulder the responsibilities. I feel so bad for these girls each time, and definitely their babies. I love Catelynn's story from last season; I've never seen a more "real" and complete adoption story.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
i voted 15 minutes of fame, but in addition to that, it's just providing a guilty pleasure for reality tv watchers (like myself) at the expense of these poor babies
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