A lot of people don't watch television, but growing up my parents were career parents so after eating dinner in the evening we would watch TV. What shows do I remember watching? Little House on the Prairie (oh, how I loved Laura Ingalls and hated Nellie Olsen!), The Cosby Show, re-runs of I Love Lucy, The Brady Bunch, Leave it to Beaver ... I could go on and on! These are the shows that my family watched - these shows were on TV pre-Parental Guidelines. Parental Guidelines weren't needed in the 80's ... why? Because we were watching shows like Little House on the Prairie and The Cosby Show!
Tonight as I sat in my hotel room I flipped channels until the TV landed on MTV, Teen Mom had just started. I have never watched this show before, but since I was really only using the television as noise while I worked I left Teen Mom on the background. I have seen many facebook and twitter posts about this show; however, I have never watched. As I was working and "listening" I was appalled by the way this one teen mom spoke to her mother. She said that she put her son (or was it a daughter?) to be every night before she went out so she didn't understand why her mom had an issue that she went out after her baby was in bed. WTF?! Later her and her mom got into an argument where she proceeded to scream, cuss, threaten to punch her mom in the face, spit in her mom's face and push her mom. Seriously!?! Then she had an issue when her mom served her with papers to get custody of her child.
I am not dense - I have been a teenager. I know that teenagers will engage in pre-marital sex, drink, etc... I was a teenager once (many moons ago!) There are responsible actions a pregnant teenager can take ... when raising a child a teenager can get assistance and be responsible with the help of parents/family, etc... There is adoption - there are PLENTY of families out there that can't have kids that would love to have a baby... We should not glamorize these teenage moms to other young children!
My point? why, Why, WHY? are we putting these shows on TV? Why aren't we putting good wholesome shows on TV? What happened to The Cosby Show? What happened to the Huxtables, what happened to the Ingalls, the Ricardos ... oh how I love vintage (if it's on Nick at Nite it's vintage, right?)