Is MTV to Blame?
Buckwild star Shain Gandee, 21, found dead in a muddy ditch with two other men this past weekend raises concerns for drug abuse and alcoholism on the show. MTV’s newest hit show, “Buckwild”, has been gaining popularity with the young cast’s outrageous behaviors of sex, drugs, and mudding. It’s been most commonly referred to as the “The Jersey Shore” of West Virginia. Buckwild premiered on MTV in January and is already showing concerns of tragedy surrounding drugs and alcohol for the young cast involved. How does this reality show affect our youth moving forward?
Shain Gandee Dead At 21
When police discovered the Ford Bronco covered in mud at the end of a long dirt road, questions began to surround how the accident actually occurred. Authorities have stated the cause of death is still under investigation, but reports of the men leaving a bar hours earlier may play a role in how the accident really happened. It is no secret that Shain Gandee indulges in prescription pills and drinking alcohol while engaging in outrageous stunts, but what is shocking is that as a society we promote such behavior as entertainment rather than a cry for help.
Shain Gandee is not the only Buckwild cast member to make headline news recently. About a week ago, 24-year-old Salwa Amin was sentenced to jail once again for violating the terms of her bond following an arrest in February for large amounts of oxycodone and heroin with the intent to distribute. Amin is still in jail with a bond set for $100,000. Another cast member, Michael Douglas Burford, was also charged in February for driving under the influence, DUI. Watch one episode of the show; it’s no shocker that these kids are spiraling out of control and nobody is stopping it.
MTV Promotes Drug Use
Many people have tried to obtain their fifteen minutes of fame on MTV reality shows by engaging in dangerous stunts and partying. Jenelle Evans, Teen Mom 2 star, has been in and out of jail and rehabs most of her young adult life. Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino had his battles with alcoholism during and after Jersey Shore aired. Steve-O and Ryan Dunn from Jackass were notorious for this behavior. The only difference is Steve-O got clean and sober and Ryan Dunn died in a high speed drunk driving accident. It just isn’t funny anymore. How many teens and young adults watching this behavior think it’s acceptable to mimic? Why not act like this or do drugs – look at how fun it is? These kids make top dollar by acting out and doing drugs, plain and simple. At what point do we stop and take accountability for our actions? MTV keeps broadcasting shows like this, we keep watching, and people keep dying from direct results of dangerous drinking, drugging, and related behaviors.
What are your thoughts? Should shows like this be outlawed? Should MTV or the parents be held accountable for incidents such as these? We want your voice to be heard – share your thoughts with us now!
Update as of 04/11/2013: MTV’s ‘Buckwild’ cancelled after Shain Gandee’s Death. Read full story here on ABC News.
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