Are teen girls getting pregnant just to be on TV? Hollywood insiders say that's the case after MTV has glamorized teen pregnancy with their hit reality shows '16 & Pregnant' and 'Teen Mom'. And now MTV's looking for a new crop of pregnant teens.
They have no choice, their teen moms are no longer teens. So desperate to get an audition, teen girls are hurrying up and getting pregnant. Not only are they seeking fame, they're seeking a fat pay check. Sources say MTV pays the teen moms between $60,000 to $65,000 per season.
A relationship expert, Matt Titus says, "This is yet another example of the desperation of fame. The sad state of reality television has created a lowbrow vehicle for untainted train wreck personalities to display their private lives. Getting pregnant to be famous is like eating as many cockroaches as possible in a one minute period."
Rabbi Shmuely Boteach points out, "These girls are ignoring the fact that this decision is followed by a lifetime of responsibility."
Here's what some of our viewers had to say about the show glamorizing teen pregnancy:
Lisa Rigia: I've been saying this forever! I mean, if I had no education and dropped out of school...and wanted a quick way to become a celeb...I would do it! Not really, but you know what I mean.
John Marine: What gets me, Maggie, is how these teens actually become so sexually active. It's just sad. Just saw a little Maury the previous hour on out of control teens wanting to be pregnant. It's just sad, Maggie.
Christopher Matthew Papish: Wow. Speechless.
Vanessa Olivares: hey i want to be on a reality star i rather follow the Kardashian footstep or the jersery shore...
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Online Dish: Teens Get Pregnant to Be on TV
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