Fame-Thirsty Teens Becoming Pregnant To Get On TV?
America’s Youth Is Going Down Faster Than Milli Vanilli After the Lip-Syncing Scandal…
In one of the most disturbing pieces of dish to come out of reality TV since Kate Gosselin spoofed Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” on Dancing With The Stars, a new report claims that the unlikely tabloid stardom of young mothers Farrah Abraham and portly fist-wielder Amber Portwood has become especially attractive to a sect of fame-thirsty teen girls so desperate to become the next big bucks reality star, a la Kim Kardashian or Lauren Conrad, that they’re actually getting pregnant in hopes of landing a spot on MTV’s rating winning docu-soaps 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom.
The network is reportedly paying its Teen Mom girls $60,000 to $65,00 per season for a bird’s eye view of their dramatic lives. Not nearly as much as the nearly $100,000 per episode members of The Hills made during their tenure with the network, but nothing to shake a stick at either.
The lucrative salary and likelihood of fame is big deal for wayward young women, says PopEater Gossip Guy Rob Shuter.
“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,” Shuter wrote in a Tuesday afternoon report that’s sure to further fuel reports that MTV’s young adult programming is a bad influence on teens. “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.”
Relationship expert Matt Titus calls it “The Survivor Syndrome.”
“This is yet another example of the desperation of fame. 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.”
This isn’t the first time teenagers have been turned on by the possibility of young motherhood. (Ever caught an episode of Maury?) In 2008, the nation shook its head in shock as a so-called “Pregnancy Pact” left more than a dozen single young girls at the same Massachusetts high school pregnant over a one-year period.