I can’t even count the number of people I’ve heard say something like “16 and Pregnant makes everyone think it’s okay to get pregnant because MTV will make them famous.” Yes, I’ll agree with that. Why? Because the show carried on past the first season, not because it existed in the first place. I think that if MTV wanted to broadcast a show that followed the lives of knocked up teenagers, it should have been a one-time deal to show what life is really like once a baby is involved, and how hard it is to properly raise a child when the mother is still a child herself.
Before I get slammed in the comments, I believe it is possible for SOME teen parents to properly raise a child, but it is not possible for the majority of teen parents. If you’re that exception, kudos. But realistically, I’m not about to sit here and tell people that because you are such a fantastic exception, they should get knocked up and experiment for themselves to find out if they too can raise a kid of the same caliber.
I think that having a second and third season of this show is what would really plant the idea into people’s heads that applying to be on the show is just another option they could have once becoming pregnant. So for that, I’d say MTV is irresponsible. That’s when you know it’s about making money, and using teenaged Fertile Mertiles for their own selfish gain.