'Teen Mom' Recap: Amber Portwood Is a Bad Stereotype
The one thing that is always consistent on Teen Mom is some kind of drama and Tuesday's episode had plenty. As usual, of course, the other moms' drama paled in comparison to Amber and Gary's.
Catelynn and Tyler were dealing with parenting their parents (as per usual) when Tyler's dad Butch was released from prison and wanted to see Catelynn's mom (April). These two are such good kids despite coming from such hot messes for parents. No matter how bad some of the "baby daddies" on this show are, nobody is as pathetic as Butch.
He seems to want to love his children so badly and yet always messes up. Actually, he is a pretty good glimpse of what might happen to Amber if she doesn't shape up. As usual, it was Amber's antics that stole the show.
It's not that anything new happened with these two. And we all know the drama as it unfolds thanks to the tabloids and celebrity websites. But even knowing all this for months, it's still just amazing to see it all on film.
I am past the point of thinking MTV is editing it and now am convinced that Amber is every bit as awful as it seems. During the show, we get glimpses of the person she could be -- she clearly loves her daughter, it seems. But all of that is overshadowed by her constant whining (seriously, does this woman have another tone of voice?) and the fighting with Gary and the cursing.
At this point, it makes sense why Leah was taken away, but it also makes sense for her to get off the show. She is like a bad stereotype -- pregnant at 16, a high school drop-out, a person who can't take responsibility for herself or her actions. There is almost nothing she does that is "redeeming" that one doesn't have to dig to find. Simply put, she is a wreck and is giving all teen moms a bad name.
At this point, we get it. Armed with the tabloid knowledge, it's hard to see her struggle with CPS threatening to take Leah and police interviews to talk about her hitting Gary without focusing on the fact that things are only going to get worse for her.
Amber's time on the show has really passed. Like Butch, she isn't making choices that are consistent with a healthy, happy life. She really needs to get herself together in order to be a good mom to her baby and MTV isn't helping her do that. Who would ever hire her now? How can she ever have a life after the cameras leave?
People all know that Amber Portwood was the girl on Teen Mom who made a complete and utter fool of herself. She shows no signs of getting better. Maybe one day sweet baby Leah will be as responsible and helpful as Catelynn and Tyler, but I am not holding my breath.
Amber needs help before she ruins everyone else's life, too.
Do you think Amber should still be on the show?