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teens purposly getting pregnant just to audition for MTV..16&Pregnant.

Now that 'Teen Mom' cast members like Amber Portwood are in their twenties, MTV is looking for a new crop of teenage girls to keep its monster hits 'Teen Mom' and '16 and Pregnant' alive, and [surprise!] industry insiders tell me young ladies are so eager to be on reality TV that they are actually getting pregnant just to score an audition. OK, not much of a surprise. Simply take a spin around the various Internet forums filled with young girls inquiring about what's required to score a role.

"This is yet another example of the desperation of fame," Matt Titus, a relationship expert from, tells me. "The sad state of reality television has created a lowbrow vehicle for untainted train wreck personalities to display their private lives. Getting pregnant to be famous is like eating as many cockroaches as possible in a one minute period."

(Didn't they do that on 'Survivor'?)

Casting any reality show right is essential to whether it is a hit or not. Networks spend top dollar auditioning throughout the country to make sure they get the right mix. However, what makes 'Teen Mom' and '16 and Pregnant' both so difficult to cast is that, thankfully, the "talent pool" of potential stars that are both pregnant and teenagers is relatively small.

Mommy expert Beth Feldman, creator of, says it would be "horrifying" if teens are actually getting pregnant for a TV show. "Becoming a parent is a responsibility that no one should take lightly, and for a teenager to think that a pregnancy could lead to instant fame and fortune is absurd. Parenting is a lifetime commitment and teens have there own lives ahead of them. Let them grow up before they take the responsibility of caring for another human being."

Rabbi Shmuely Boteach, a friend of the late Michael Jackson and author of 'Kosher Sex,' agrees. "This is out of control celebrity culture. Reality TV first began by exploiting people's problems, assuming they would do anything for fame. The idea of teenage girls getting pregnant to be on television shows that reality TV is going a step beyond exploiting problems. It is now creating the problems."

Anyone who has had a child knows that it is the most serious commitment a person can make. Rabbi Shmuley correctly points out that when young girls begin making this ultimate decision in order find fame, it "shows the moral rot in American society."

"These girls are ignoring the fact that this decision must followed by a lifetime of responsibility," he says.

"Children should not be having children, period."

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Asked by FreeSpriT4eva at 1:35 AM on Dec. 10, 2010 in Parenting Debate

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  • This is the most ridiculous thing I've read concerning teen pregnancy. I hope MTV isn't promoting this shit. I agree with the last quote of that article; "Children should not be having children, period." I think that, no matter how good the reviews are, MTV should cancel the show.

    Answer by _Tam_ at 1:37 AM on Dec. 10, 2010

  • That show is wrong on so many levels..this is just one of the layers if you ask me. Yikes!....just yikes!

    Answer by spottedpony at 1:37 AM on Dec. 10, 2010

  • i was amazed when i read the article..i hope its not popular cause of Amber&Gary 2 they think about the long term...after their season ends..most of these couple break up during or after the show..

    Comment by FreeSpriT4eva (original poster) at 1:40 AM on Dec. 10, 2010

  • WOW

    Answer by Raccoon at 1:44 AM on Dec. 10, 2010

  • This doesn't surprise me. So sad.

    Answer by Aquarius80 at 1:45 AM on Dec. 10, 2010

  • I saw this coming. Seriously, what do we think we are doing to young impressionable, desperate, insecure girls when we parade Teen Mom starts on the cover of magazines?

    Answer by DomoniqueWS at 1:49 AM on Dec. 10, 2010

  • stars**

    Answer by DomoniqueWS at 1:49 AM on Dec. 10, 2010

  • All the MTV reps and the girls actually on the show say it is to help prevent teenage Welp, that backfired!

    Answer by Mmmanduh at 1:51 AM on Dec. 10, 2010

  • whenever they put something on tv thats supposed to help our teens it seems like it backfires..i think what did it for my 13yr dd was the fighting that they showed..she thought it was cool to see Gary get beat up by Amber..til she read CFSA got involved..


    Comment by FreeSpriT4eva (original poster) at 1:57 AM on Dec. 10, 2010

  • Are you serious i was so addicted to those shows thats so sad that there using those girls to get pregnant just for money or fame bringing a baby into the world is a big step and a big responsblity why would you wanna do it for fame thats just stupid so people can actually recongize you in public such a shame .

    Answer by alexia_09 at 1:58 AM on Dec. 10, 2010

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