West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has called on MTV to pull the plug on new reality series "Buckwild." Set to debut in January, the show follows the lives of nine childhood friends in Sissonville, West Virginia, who have a love for small-town America and live by the carefree motto, "whatever happens, happens."
The series is being compared to an Appalachian version of the defunct hit "Jersey Shore," which left New Jersey lawmakers fuming over what they called demeaning ethnic stereotypes.
Manchin only caught previews for "Buckwild" but was outraged enough to write MTV president Stephen Friedman, asking that the network “put a stop to the travesty called ‘Buckwild.’”
MTV had no comment at this time.
Parkersburg resident Eugene, a proud born and raised West Virginian says he disagrees with the senator and does not think "Buckwild" would make the state look bad.
"There are a lot of good people here, a lot of good kids -- and I would definitely watch the show anytime it's on."
"As a U.S. Senator, I am repulsed at this business venture, where some Americans are making money off of the poor decisions of our youth. I cannot imagine that anyone who loves this country would feel proud about profiting off of “Buckwild.”
"Instead of showcasing the beauty of our people and our state, you preyed on young people, coaxed them into displaying shameful behavior – and now you are profiting from it. That is just wrong."
"This show plays to ugly, inaccurate stereotypes about the people of West Virginia. Let me tell you: our people have given their all for this great country. They’ve done the heavy lifting to produce the energy that is needed to produce the steel that builds our factories and cities. The proud veterans of our state have shed more blood and made more sacrifices than most other states to keep America free. We’re proud of all we do to make America strong and secure the cherished freedoms that you seem so determined to abuse."
"Your program offers nothing about the major issues of our time: how we move our country forward, how we prepare young people to lead this country and take responsibility for themselves and how we put our finances in better shape for the next generation. I am writing to urge you to reconsider airing this show. I hope that as you consider your decision, that you would consider your own state, your own community and your own children. Would you try to portray them in this light?"
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