you know, i've never really had an issue with mtv before. i think it's because i've always been a few (hundred) years older than the people on their shows, so i've never stopped to think about how if i was younger, these shows would affect or influence me. it was actually boyfriend who said something to me that got me thinking about exactly what message it is that mtv sends to its viewers.. young girls in particular.
i watch laguna beach. i'll admit it. i love it. but it also pisses me off. to watch someone get "famous" for being in high school is a true testament to how fucked up our society is. or at least how bored. honestly, what are we lacking that needs to be filled by a freaking 17 year old idiot with bleached teeth whiter than paper, and a tan so fake it's almost painful to look at? and then there's the fake nails and the $100 a pop highlights. and the fancy cars. i realize times have changed and we're also talking about one of the wealthiest communities in the state, but that wasn't my reality when i was in high school. and it most likely be my daughters reality when she's in high school (you know, if i have a daughter). now everyone around the country who watches this show, thinks that is how high school is in california. or that is how high school should be. that's how you should look. how you should act. what you should drive. laguna beach never shows the kids doing homework. it never shows them struggling with anything in regards to school. it NEVER even shows their parents. why aren't their parents more involved? why aren't the parents around when they're throwing parties and drinking in their backyards like they own the place? where are their parents when they're having dates in their houses, and dressing like whores for halloween? at least just show the mom nodding her head in approval or something so i know these kids aren't raising themselves. the only time i've seen any parents is when they're presenting their golden child with yet another expensive gift (surprise, surprise). do viewers not want to see parents? but aren't parents a reality? i mean, good god.. aren't they??? i often find myself asking just where the hell the parents are when i watch that show. they're probably too busy get their own highlights and nails done to be bothered by what their kids are doing.
it's frustrating. it's frustrating that these kids, who are still so young and immature and have tons to learn from life, are being thrust into a spotlight we create for them for NO reason. for doing nothing worth noting. because they're hot? because they cheat on eachother? because they lie? because all of that bullshit is entertaining? i mean, what the hell are we showing here? like i said before, i'm too old to be influenced or changed by what i see these idiots do- but what about the younger viewers.. or the ones their age? what are we teaching them? i understand that all these things would go on in high school with or without it being shown on tv- but aren't we in a way, perpetuating it? by showing girls talking trash about other girls.. and competing with eachother for the same guy.. and being downright harsh and cruel to one another.. aren't we just enflaming a war we should be trying to put out? as if there isn't enough pressure on females in society. now it's totally cool to be a super bitch to someone you don't like because her hair extensions are "too" long? i just don't get it. i mean, i guess part of me does because i watch the damn thing. but the difference is that i realize when they are completely insane and over the top and out of line and just plain have no clue what it's like in the real world. i often want to take the chunky heel of my shoe and beat them upside the head with it. but i refrain because i like my tv too much. :)
i think that mtv has the power to do many good things.. like bring awareness to issues that wouldn't normally reach the youth. but i feel that the majority of their programming is basically the same shit, presented in a different way. to think that my 16 year old neice is watching this and might think some of it is "cool" makes me want to vomit. because it's not cool when you're 16. hell, it's not even okay when you're 16. you know? and while i think that my neice is way too strong minded to be influenced by idiots, there are lots of people who aren't. and it's them i worry for. and i wonder why we keep showing things like this? and then i wonder if it will ever change? and then i get sad when i realize that it probably won't.