Every season there seems to be a new reality show popping up. This time CMT came out with a reality-based show about a group of young adults living together and working together in South Carolina. "Party Down South" has aired just three episodes and there is already controversy. Ben Jones, famous for playing "Cooter" on "The Dukes of Hazzard" is upset about the show and wrote an open letter stating his concerns. According to a Jan. 31 report from Entertainment Weekly, Jones thinks of "Party Down South" as "cultural pornography." The letter can be read entirely on the site and goes into detail about how this show is influencing the younger generation.
"Party Down South" features eight young adults living together. There are four women and four men. Everyone hails from a different part of the south, including Kentucky and Louisiana. The problem Ben Jones is having with the show is that there is a lot of drinking and sexual content. While this may be true, something like "The Bachelor" on ABC does the same thing. There has been an outcry in support of "Party Down South" and an uproar opposing it since the concept was being advertised. There is something about reality television that draws people in.
There has been no comment from CMT regarding the letter from Ben Jones or his accusations. "Party Down South" is not drawing in the viewers like the network had hoped and had just a little over a half a million viewers tune in for episode three. Fans are waiting to see what CMT will do in response to the open letter and whether or not the show will be picked up for a second season.
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