There never seems to be a moment where young parenthood isn’t in the spotlight. But it’s gotten a recent boost this week after the The New York Times reported on a recent study purporting that shows like MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” have helped in the reduction of teen pregnancies. The study suggested as many as 20,000 teen pregnancies were prevented in 2010 because of young adults watching those shows.
Many outlets have been reporting on this study, but very few are including the thoughts or opinions from those they’re talking about. So, after the jump, here’s a roundtable discussion conducted over email with Gloria Malone and Natasha Vianna, who are both tireless advocates for teen moms and their families.
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“I don’t think we would have done the Dave and Penny thing. Our show is not at all a soap opera. Some of these other comedies are able to go a little more melodramatic than I ever liked, and any time we tried to do it, sometimes it felt a little false. I don’t think anyone really wanted to see Dave have to date his ex-fiancée’s best friend. There’s just something about that that’s kind of mean. I didn’t want to have to have Penny and Alex hate each other for five episodes.”
– David Caspe, creator of my favorite sitcom that barely got a damn chance, “Happy Endings,” discussed a few unresolved plot points in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that I just had to share. In addition to putting an end to speculation about the future of Dave and Penny’s flirtations, Caspe also revealed that Jane and Brad were going to have a baby. Can you imagine Jane as a new mom?!?! Siiiiiiigh. “Happy Endings,” you were taken from us much too soon. [EW]
In the most recent episode of “Downton Abbey” to air in America, the lady’s maid Anna Bates — whose story through four seasons has almost exclusively focused on her romance with her husband — is raped by a visiting valet. It is not the first example of sexual misconduct on the show. But it is the most sexually violent act to occur to any character. Not surprisingly, the incident has been hugely controversial.
When it first aired in the UK, viewers complained about sexual violence on an otherwise fairly frothy PBS program. (I say “fairly frothy” in a nod to the deaths of Sybil and Matthew.) The UK’s media regulatory agency declined to investigate the over 400 complaints made to both the agency and ITV, the channel on which “Downton” airs, saying that it provided a proper warning before the show about the content. But now that it has aired on PBS here in America, a large share of the criticism is coming from feminist bloggers who take issue with how the rape was handled on the show. Keep reading »
Dare I say it, but last night’s episode of “The Bachelor” — which I livetweet every week from The Frisky’s Twitter account — might have been the darkest episode in the show’s history. Yes, I said “darkest.” I mean, not “Sons of Anarchy” dark, but the episode was more depressing than usual, and not because it featured a gaggle of women, desperate for love, fighting over one dude. No, last night’s episode was depressing because, during a group date, one bachelorette was coerced into getting “naked” for a photoshoot, while another got so wasted that she ended up having a crying freakout in the bathroom. Keep reading »
Gaaaaame of fucking Thrones / Game of fucking Thronnnnnnnnes. That’s what I sing to the tune of the “Game of Thrones” theme music every time I hear it. Sometimes I sing it a capela too, usually when I’m trying to soothe myself through “GoT” withdrawals. But I won’t have to do that for too much longer, because season four starts on April 6! Okay, so that’s still four months from now, but HBO released the full fourth season trailer last night to whet our appetites for the usual blood, guts, fucking and mommy issues. Let’s see … Joffrey is still a little prick, Tyrion is still grumpy, and Cersei is still giving fierce bitch face. Meanwhile, Ygritte is still alive and potentially still has her eye on Jon Snow, Daenerys seems to be a bit power hungry and Jamie Lannister has a hot new haircut. Regarding the latter, I sure hope Cersei likes it because “Game of Thrones” needs a little romance (even of an incestuous nature). [Laughing Squid]
“It surprises me how stupid people can be. It surprises me how many women hate other women, or feel uncomfortable with themselves. There’s a good portion of women who are offended by the show, which I do find strange. I read them because it’s fascinating. ‘Like Patrick Wilson would sleep with her!’ You know what? He might, and in this story, he did! And why does that bother you? Is it not realistic enough, or is it that you haven’t seen it in other shows in movies enough?”
Yes, THIS. I love what Jemima Kirke — who plays Jessa on “Girls” — has to say to NYMag.com’s Vulture blog about a certain strain of internet comments that often question Lena Dunham’s desirability. Why is it so hard for some people to believe that a man who looks like Patrick Wilson would sleep with a woman like Dunham? Is it really unrealistic or is it just TV and movies that make it seem that way because those pairings are rarely shown on screen? Good questions. Keep reading »
Ugh, wheeeeeennnnnnn is Netflix going to announce a premiere date for “Orange is the New Black”‘s second season? This new photoshoot of the cast — in the February 2014 issue of ELLE – has got me all hyped to find out what’s going on with my favorite lady prisoners. What’s going to happen between Piper and Alex? Is Pennsatucky gonna survive? What will become of Daya and the Hot Guard’s baby? Netflix, don’t hold us in suspense for much longer!
Meanwhile, click through to see more photos of the “OITNB” cast like you’ve never seen them before. [ELLE]
Stevie Nicks should really guest star on every TV show as herself. Last night on “American Horror Story: Coven,” the “white witch” showed up to serenade her old friend, coven Supreme, Fiona, and die-hard fanwitch, Misty, with a version of “Rhiannon.” If that weren’t enough, Stevie also showed Misty how to do her signature move, the shawl twirl, and gifted the young witch with her signature item, which no doubt is filled with all sorts of white magic. Sadly, Madison convinced Misty that “players only love you when they’re playin’” and that Stevie probably had tons of other superfans who she played private concerts for (ME! ME! PLEASE!). But Madison was playin’ her. She knocked Misty out cold and stole the shawl — nice hustle, girl! — and Stevie was left to play once again for Fiona. Best use of a TV plot involving Stevie Nicks and her music. You can relive the white witch’s version of “Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You” after the jump. Keep reading »
I knew Sharleen was going to be the oddest bird “The Bachelor” ever did see. On last night’s premiere, I was shocked to see Juan Pablo decide to give his first impression rose to well-traveled opera singer, Sharleen. The smart girl who reads Haruki Murakami gets the rose for once? What show am I watching?! I thought. And then my mouth really dropped when Sharleen was very clearly unhappy and weirded out about getting the rose, because she wasn’t feeling Juan Pablo as much as he was feeling her. So uncomfy was Sharleen that I almost expected her to turn it down and walk out the door in favor of doing math problems or something. I predicted yesterday that Sharleen wouldn’t have a shot at the final rose and she still doesn’t — because she won’t want it. Clip above!