16 and Pregnant was created by MTV in 2009 in an effort to inform teens about the impact of a teen pregnancy as well as educate them about how to prevent it. However, years later, that seems to have gotten lost in all the drama going on in the ladies’ lives off screen, especially those who have gone on to appear in the sister show, Teen Mom.
From arrests to second pregnancies and divorces, some of the girls have taken an informative show and made it into a media circus. For example, Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans, who first appeared on 16 and Pregnant season 2, has been in and out of rehab and jail since fans met her. After giving birth, Jenelle signed over the rights to her child, granting her mother with the responsibility of raising her child. From there, Jenelle has been arrested a whopping nine times and recently revealed she is pregnant.
From the outside looking in, many of these girls seem to be making a mockery of MTV’s mission of 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, using their earnings to wreak havoc in their lives as opposed to using their cash to get an education or build a life for themselves, which hasn’t sat well with critics — and even many fans.
After all, with so many girls going wild, so to speak, on the show, one can’t help but wonder: Is this really helping teens? Or is it simply making a celebrity out of these girls and glamorizing what they have gone through?
According to the Mayor of Tinley Park, it’s doing the latter and he doesn’t want 16 and Pregnant‘s upcoming fifth seaon filmed in his town.
“It sends the wrong message out there,” Mayor Edward Zabrocki, who was formerly a high school guidance couselor, revealed to WBBM Newsradio‘s Regine Schlesinger. “The show may show some of the ramifications and difficulties that are involved with unwed pregnancies. We are in a society of reality shows, and basically what happens: an individual like that is glamorized. I can see a very impressionable young lady who’s 14, 15, 16 years old saying ‘Hey, this is my way of getting on TV.'”
Although Zabrocki said that he is not able to stop the show from filming on its cast’s private property, he doesn’t want any of the village buildings to be seen and if that means losing money, so be it!
While the argument certainly is a good one, it wouldn’t be fiar to not point out that there are also a few decent mothers who have came out of the series and continue to promote unplanned pregnancy. Among those mothers are Maci Bookout and Catelynn Lowell who have both been speaking to schools around the country since the show ended.
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