Ok, I have to make an admission. It is neither that I occasionally watch Keeping up with the Kardashians, nor is it that I have watched MTV's Teen Mom. The admission is that when my husband travels, I don't sleep. So this past weekend was very, very long and apparently one night I fell asleep to E! (not my normal channel to watch but it is tough to find something to watch the later it gets) and woke up to E!News. The big "news" (I use that word carefully) was that Kim K tweeted "It seems that shows like Teen Mom are all of a sudden making teen pregnancy seem cool in the eyes of young girls...but girls, these are not people you should idolize!' Now that statement woke me up.
Having a daughter who is 15, I have seen both the Kardashians and Teen Mom. Now I must say that I was apprehensive about Teen Mom the first time I watched it, but I was pleasantly surprised by the honesty of the show. Pregnancy was by no means glamorized. The show portrayed the good and the bad of being pregnant young. Frankly, any glamorizing of the situation or admiring of the moms is occurring outside of the MTV show in the tabloids and other print media. In contrast, Keeping up with the Kardashians and the other Kardashian shows are horrible. In general, they promote excess: excess in spending, excess in drinking, excess in permissive behavior, excess in attitude. While I appreciate that they try and support one another as a family and that we all have faults, I think that one should maybe be self reflective before commenting about other shows. And if truly Kim is concerned about how tv affects our youth and their morals then perhaps she should get more involved in the development of her own family's show.