PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A West Virginia Senator is asking MTV to scrap its new reality show, which follows a group of young people from his state.
The new show called “Buckwild,” is being compared as an Appalachian version of its highly successful reality show “Jersey Shore,” which is currently in its last season.
In an open letter to the network, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin says that he is repulsed by MTV profiting off of the poor decisions of West Virginian youths.
“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,” Manchin said in the letter. “That is just wrong.”
The show follows nine young adults in Sissonville, W. Va. as they “fight, drink, four-wheel, dive in mud puddles and generally tear things up while following their simple credo: ‘Whatever happens, happens,’” according to MTV’s website.
“This show plays to ugly, inaccurate stereotypes about the people of West Virginia,” Manchin said in the letter. “Let me tell you: our people have given their all for this great country.”
At the end of his letter, Manchin flat out asks MTV to reconsider airing the show.
However, a hefty amount of advertising for the show can already be seen on the network.
The show is set to air Jan. 3, following in the same time slot as “Jersey Shore.”