Buck the Backlash

December 13, 2012

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has written to MTV, asking the cable network to kill its new reality show “Buckwild” before it even airs. The show, aka the “ ‘Jersey Shore’ of Appalachia,” chronicles nine giddy young West Virginians whose motto is: “Whatever happens, happens.”

What happens is a lotta kissin’, crappin’ around and cussin’. Manchin accuses the show of presenting “ugly, inaccurate stereotypes around the people of West Virginia” and asserts that MTV “preyed on young people, coaxed them into displaying shameful behavior — and now are profiting from it.”

MTV does not plan to cancel the series, which debuts at 10 p.m. Jan. 3.

Sen. Manchin, you have no choice but to look at the bright side. Based on the promos, “Buckwild” does teach a few positive lessons:

Protect your noggin: While inside a giant tire that careens down a hill, a young man wears a helmet.

Don’t hook up in an inappropriate place: A woman takes two of her friends to task: “You guys [expletive] in my bed. How disrespectful is that?”

Honor thy mother and father: A lad declares: “My parents — if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here.”

 

Marc Silver has been watching TV since the days when people wrapped aluminum foil around TV antennae to improve reception.
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