It may sound strange to you all, but it was actually not a very long time ago when MTV was all about music. Nevertheless, the channel adapted and saw that people tended to fall for something else: TV shows. And for some time, MTV brought us some really controversial ones, shows that would make Kim Kardashian feel ashamed of what she’s watching.
We know you’re already curious, so let’s begin our top seven of the most controversial MTV shows ever made!
1. Skins –
You may be wondering as to why was this show cancelled. Maybe because it was more suitable for Playboy TV than for MTV? It showed way too much skin.
That’s why we have the internet, dear MTV. Poor ratings and sponsors’ pressure made sure that Skins only aired for three episodes.
2. 16 and Pregnant –
It’s probably the show that had the most impressive impact on MTV. Aired for five seasons, 16 and Pregnant never stopped to blow up our minds. And not necessarily in a good way.
Yeah, we don’t know either, but let’s get you throughout all five seasons separately.
Season 1 – Maci Bookout was the star, a 16 year-old girl from Tennessee. Of course, her boyfriend thought that he’s not the type that changes diapers and expressed his feelings loud and clear.
Season 2 – Another 16 year-old girl started in season 2, Farrah Abraham from Iowa. Her story doesn’t actually have a happy ending. She didn’t tell her boyfriend that she’s pregnant and we find out that the he died in a car accident before the baby was born.
Season 3 – Amber Portwood is from Indiana and at that moment she was 18. Her boyfriend stood by her side, but the end of the story present us the couple broken, with Portwood in jail.
Season 4 – Ebony Jackson was a 17 year-old girl from Colorado that wanted to join the army. Her dream was a thing of the past when someone else was born: her daughter.
Season 5 – When you’re 16 and pregnant, life can’t be easy. Whitney Purvis from Georgia found that the hard way, with social isolation, dropping out of high school, and financial difficulties.
3. Teen Mom –
Teen Mom USA aired for four seasons before going out of business. We’re pretty sure that it happened not because there weren’t any teenage girls who skipped sex ed, but because people were sick and tired of the show.
But then, in 2015, guess what? MTV decided to bring something fresh to the table: “16 and Pregnant” “stars”. Filmed in their first years of motherhood, Farrah Abraham, MaciBookout, Catelynn Lowell, and Amber Portwood were like in a movie sequel. Like most sequels, it was a waste of time and money that only true fans could enjoy, not the rest of the world.
4. Buckwild –
Buckwild was a reality TV show that only lasted a month in 2013. What is it about you ask? Well, a bunch of stup.., oh sorry, childish friends from West Virginia who lived by the motto “whatever happens, happens.”.
It turned out to be a low-prod “Jackass”, but with some girls involved. That was the only good side.
5. White people –
Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas made a documentary in which he talked with people from different races about the “white supremacy”. Where was the problem in this?
Well, Vargas tried to present the problem like it has multiple solutions. Like you pop your fingers and everything racist goes away. The reality is that if life would be so simple, then such documentaries wouldn’t exist. Even the presence of such content is part of the problem. Right? So they cancelled it.
6. Faking it –
It’s a comedy, but with some controversial aspects. Like the first transgender actor.
The show follows the story of Karma Ashcroft and her best friend Amy Raudenfeld, two high school girls from the suburbs of Austing, who are mistakenly considered a lesbian couple.
7. Next? –
Next? was a dating game show that aired for three years between 2005 and 2008.
Of course, all action was staged and many of the participants were actors, but it was still fun.