Sharon Osbourne is taking a break from her online feud with Lady Gaga and is pointing her venom at another target. According to wetpaint.com on Jan. 14, Osbourne said that MTV lost all their credibility when they began airing "Teen Mom."
Osbourne's point was that when MTV began to exploit these teenagers, it damaged the respectability of the network. She also said that the show was wrong on "so many levels." This is interesting since Sharon's entire family was part of one of the first big reality show offerings.
"Teen Mom" began airing in 2009, a direct spin-off of "16 and Pregnant," and was designed to show the challenges and struggles of teenage mothers. The show was meant to be a cautionary tale of how hard raising a child can be, especially when the mother is still a child herself.
Unfortunately, some of the mothers have branded themselves as celebrities thanks to the publicity of the show and the entire series might have the opposite reaction that MTV planned, with teenagers feeling that teen pregnancies could lead to their 15-minutes of fame.
Despite these fears, the Christian Science Monitor said that 77-percent of teenagers see how hard raising a child is thanks to the show and the birthrate for teenagers has declined since 2009.
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