DEBATE: Thumbs Down ... MTV's "Buckwild" Glorifies Substance Abuse

Updated 5 years ago , Special to HuntingtonNews.Net
Cast of Gals in "Buckwild"
Cast of Gals in "Buckwild"
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The major problem with MTV's new reality show about West Virginians is that it glorifies an irresponsible culture that contains drug use. It is bad enough that West Virginians are portrayed as ignorant hillbillies but there's not much doubt that alcohol and drug abuse will also be displayed.

It is not the fact that West Virginians will be shown as drug addicts and drunks that annoys me but that the abuse will be treated as if it is okay. Just as Snookie and the other annoying drunks of Jersey Shore show millions of MTV fans that binge drinking is cool, you have to wonder what these young West Virginia minors (as in under 21) will teach their fans.

In case you have been hiding under a rock, here's the story from MTV itself: "Tans might fade, muscles wither and the laundry piles up, but don't mope too long about the upcoming finale of "Jersey Shore." Because come January 3, MTV has a whole new hell-raising group of friends for you to fall in love with on "Buckwild."

The show, which will air in the same time slot as "Shore," follows the exploits of nine friends in small town Sissonville, West Virginia, as they fight, drink, four-wheel, dive in mud puddles and generally tear things up while following their simple credo: "Whatever happens, happens."

After the 10 p.m. ET premiere on Thursday, January 3, MTV will air two back-to-back half-hour episodes of the series each week from 10 to 11 p.m. ET. The longtime friends have a knack for creating their own unique brand of good times, from turning a giant dump truck into a makeshift swimming pool, to rigging up a human slingshot, rolling down hills in giant truck tires and partying until the neighbors can't stand it anymore."

My friend Alligator Jackson thinks that it is totally acceptable for "Buckwild" to air. In fact, I'm sure he has a 12 pack of beer already on ice for the premiere and the date and time circled on his calendar. Actually, he sounds quite excited by it.

The town which is featured in the show is Sissionville, West Virginia. If you know anything at all about Sissionville then you know it is The Meth Lab Capital of West Virginia. Now, I would be behind a show that would feature young citizens trying to rid their town of drugs. But something tells me that the West Virginia version of Snookie and The Situation aren't going to be closing down any meth labs. Something tells me that these underage West Virginians will be glorifying underage drinking. Yes, leave it to MTV to conjure up another batch of wonderful role models for America's teenagers.

So once again MTV will have a negative influence on our youth. Of course, in the process of showing that binge drinking and reckless behavior is not only acceptable but cool, it also hands West Virginia another black eye. Yes, for all of the people out West that are just discovering that West Virginia is a state, they will also learn that MTV 's version of a West Virginian is a cross between Jesco White and Jackass. Not only will MTV help get the ignorant hillbillies drunk but they will also encourage them to perform dangerous stunts while drunk.

Johnny Knoxville, the producer of MTV's "Wild, Wonderful Whites" featuring West Virginians notorious Jesco White, once bailed Jesco White out of jail after a drug bust. One wonders if the producers of Buckwild will bail their young stars out of jail after they encourage them to behave irresponsibly.

It is one thing to make a joke about our state so other states can laugh at our expense but it is horrible to send a message to the youth of West Virginia that this kind of behavior is acceptable.

Hopefully, another network will create a show that showcases responsible young West Virginians behaving in a Christian manner and making responsible career and life choices. They say life imitates art, so let's not let this new irresponsible show (Buckwild) be a self-fulfilling prophecy to thousands of West Virginian young adults. May our Church's and schools as well as parents point out that the behavior exhibited in "Buckwild" is not only un-West Virginian but unacceptable. We may be Wild, Wonderful, West Virginia but we do not have to be Buckwild, Wonderful West Virginia. The wild in our motto stands for our wildlife not our lowlife.
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