Today had a story this morning on one of the girls from Teen Mom being investigated by the state and possibly losing her child. They have footage of her repeatedly assaulting the baby's father - not just smacking him, but punching with a closed fist, and in front of the child. I remember seeing one of the assaults in previews aired on every channel, so MTV had no problem with taping it or airing it. This is also not the only time a reality show has shown that kind of assault (Real World, Top Chef, Real Housewives, BGC - and a ton of others).
Do the producers of these shows have an obligation to step in and break up a fight and to not air it? If they don't step in, should they be held legally responsible for the assault as well? In some cases, they feed the participants a steady supply of alcohol to make the fights more likely. In this case, if they charge the teen mom, should MTV employees be charged as an accessory?
Morally, yes, Legally, No, because MTV producers are not mandated reporters so therefore they are not breaking any laws. There are only 3 states that require reporting or helping someone in trouble and in all three states, the crime being committed has to be a felony. I do not watch these show, so I have no idea what type of assault they are doing to each other.
Answer by JeremysMom at 8:52 AM on Oct. 20, 2010
Amber is a HORRIBLE parent BESIDES the abuse..
Her kid SHOULD have been taken,,she is being investigated..
I think because of HIS size, they didn't intervene. If HE was hitting on her they probably would...
He held himself well, someone punches you in the face and you don't hit back....thats restraint
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:53 AM on Oct. 20, 2010
Answer by Paigesmommy78 at 8:53 AM on Oct. 20, 2010
I had a friend who worked on the set of "the real world" for many years. They manipulate people into hating each other & encourage any kind of fighting. I'm sure it's the same with any reality TV show. For some reason, people love to watch that stuff. You ask a good question, I'm honestly not sure if they should be charged. If they are to get charged, it would change reality TV, which is no bother to me since i hate it all anyway.
But, is it really their place to step in? If you see an acquaintance fighting with someone, should you step in before it gets too ugly? Or are you going to leave it alone? If you leave it alone, are you also responsible for assault? Does the circumstance make a difference?
Answer by samurai_chica at 8:55 AM on Oct. 20, 2010
Answer by sopranomommy at 8:56 AM on Oct. 20, 2010
Someone NEEDS to step in with Caitlyn's Mom, her problem isn't judging her daughter for adoption, its SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:02 AM on Oct. 20, 2010
Answer by kerp1960 at 10:14 AM on Oct. 20, 2010
Answer by lovinangels at 10:31 AM on Oct. 20, 2010