Senator demands MTV cancel Hillbilly travesty
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is demanding that MTV cancel its Jersey-Shore-goes-to-Appalachia reality show “Buckwild” calling it an ugly stereotype and an insult to his West Virginia constituents.
Manchin called on MTV to “stop to the travesty” in a letter Friday to the company’s president, Stephen Friedman, describing the program as a repulsive business venture that profits off the “poor decisions of our youth.”
“Instead of showcasing the beauty of our people and our state, you preyed on young people, coaxed them into displaying shameful behavior – and now you are profiting from it. That is just wrong,” Manchin said.
The new series debuts Jan. 3 and features a cast of squirrel hunting, mud racing, 20-something hillbillies gone wild performing in scripted “reality” situations.
Manchin further criticized the program for offering “nothing about the major issues of our time,” and playing to “ugly, inaccurate stereotypes about the people of West Virginia.”
“I hope that as you consider your decision, that you would consider your own state, your own community and your own children. Would you try to portray them in this light?” Manchin said.