Guilty Pleasure

I watch a LOT of crap tv. A LOT. Embarrassing amounts. There is a distinct possibility Baby Evan’s first words will be “Coming up, at tonight’s elimination…” followed by “BLEEP”. I’m sure my brain is rotting away at a truly alarming pace. It’s a dirty, dirty habit that’s a direct result of being deprived of cable from ages 4-18. Nice try, parental units, but your little girl has definitely made up for all that quality PBS programming you forced me to watch. P.S. I also figured out the S-E-X and the S-W-E-A-R-I-N-G without the H-B-O.

But OH EM GEE have you seen 16 and Pregnant on MTV? I cannot get enough of this show. It’s part guilty voyeurism, part total sympathy and part “I can absolutely relate to that”. It turns out having a newborn is pretty much the same whether you’re 16, 26 or 36. The only difference is who is or isn’t around to help (turns out douchebag boyfriends aren’t so good at changing diapers) and who is or isn’t giving you “advice”. In one of the saddest moments I’ve ever seen, one girl’s mother said she “wasn’t good with medical stuff” and didn’t want to be in the delivery room. Since the baby’s father was already gone, this poor 16 year old suddenly realized she was going to give birth without anyone there to support her. The same mother was discouraging her daughter from breastfeeding because it might make her boobs saggy. The poor doctor trying to give, you know, actual medical advice didn’t stand a chance. I bet any sex talk that went on in that family included the words “special hug”. I’m shocked she ended up pregnant. SHOCKED I TELL YOU.

I don’t know if kids even watch MTV anymore but I sure hope the 15-year-olds I know take a break from their tweeting and sexting and whatever else they’re up to these days and tune in. Although I think the producers should add a neon flashing “WEAR A CONDOM” graphic. It could go right over the douchebag boyfriend’s face.

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  1. lalaland13 says:

    I have seen both episodes. I wanted Maci and her worthless fiance to break up at the end of the episode, and sadly they did not. He was a total douche.

    I saw most of the most recent show about Farrah and wanted to cry for that poor girl. Her mom was insane. What happened to the daddy? I never saw anything about him, but maybe I missed it in the first few minutes.

    The scene in the car where the mom berated her daughter for having a “belligerent, anti-Christ” attitude nearly did me in. I was glad she had a seemingly cool grandpa who know how bad the mom was to pick her up from wherever they were. It’s like the girl was going to have a hard enough time breaking free anyway, but a baby made it 1,000 times worse.

  2. sarrible says:

    Two things. First, your parents’ moratorium on cable did ensure that you can now sing the entire Cole Porter songbook to the baby, thus furthering your goal of baby leggings + baby showtunes = baby Liza and Judy tribute band.

    Second, oh my fucking God. Unlike both of you, I thought Farrah was a spoiled, bratty asshole and someone should take that freaking baby away from her. In both episodes I blame the parents for, you know, not keeping an adult man away from their fifteen-year-old daughter and not teaching their kids one goddamn thing about birth control, self respect, appropriate relationships, blah blah whatever, and yeah I know this is the generation that only got abstinence-only sex ed, so there’s that, but STILL. GOD.

    I kind of loved how one of Farrah’s cheerleader frenemies, at the diner, was like, “Are we going to have to listen to nine months of her fucking whining?” Because honestly. That girl is an idiot. Her mother is an idiot. And I wasn’t really paying attention to the show so for the whole overly made-up delivery sequence, I thought her dad was delivering the baby. ACK.

  3. lalaland13 says:

    Sarrible: Yeah, the girl did have some of her priorities messed up. But she still has some time to mature, let’s hope. I would also hope the mom would know better by now. They seemed to have a very contentious relationship. I don’t think the girl was by any means entitled to a car, but I thought the mom was nuts with her “God will provide, and I’m only going to listen to logic!” stuff. Contradiction much?

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