Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Does TV glorify teen pregnancy?
September 8th, 2010
01:07 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Does TV glorify teen pregnancy?

This morning in the "Showbiz Tonight" meeting the big buzz centered on programs like MTV’s reality show “Teen Mom” and ABC Family’s drama, “The Secret Life of an American Teenager.”

Are these shows glorifying teen pregnancy? Or are they just raising awareness of the struggles in the lives of these young mothers? The debate was on in today's meeting!

"Showbiz Tonight" producer Natasha Haynes-Smith doesn’t believe these shows glorify teen motherhood. She said this morning, “I think it shows how hard it is to be a mom at any age. The show completely breaks my heart but I can’t stop watching. It’s train wreck T.V. in a heart-wrenching sort of way.”

It may be heart breaking, but others say that it sets a bad example for teens around the country, showing that by getting pregnant, you may get your own reality show. Some point to Bristol Palin - one of the most famous teen moms - who is now on the cast of “Dancing With the Stars.” "Showbiz Tonight" will have the teen mom great debate on today's show.

Also on our radar today: “Jersey Shore” star Snooki heads to court for annoying beachgoers! The trial starts today – is it curtains for the reality star?

What do you think about any of these stories? Post here and send us your "Showbiz" iReport videos. We’ll try to work some of your comments into the show…

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  1. ReeCee

    In my opinion, The reality show "Teen mom" does not glorify teen pregnancy; however, the entertainment magazines and shows like Dancing with the Stars appear to be supportive by giving these adolescents girls celebrity status. I am dissappointed in these shows for their selfish motives. They just want to make money at any cost. Who cares about the thousands or millions of other teenage girls that might see having babies as the next COOL THING to do because they can become movie stars like the other teen moms from the reality show. What a shame !

    September 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. joe

    Absolutely, what the heck else has Bristol Palin done to become a "celebrity" If she was not a knocked up teenager, nobody would ever know who the heck she is is.

    September 10, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mother

    Females get pregnant no matter what age - this is a reality.Does TV glorify it ,NO.

    September 10, 2010 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Reid

    I don't follow the show, but I have already seen MTV's teen moms on the cover of two entertainment magazines as if they were celebrities. When you look at how America is becoming increasingly fascinated by these girls and how as a result they are slowly becoming reality stars, how can anyone say that the show DOESN'T subliminally glorify teen pregnancy? The youth of our country are known to emulate what they see in the entertainment media, so these girls should not be at red carpet events or on the cover of entertainment magazines. At this point, the whole afffair has moved way beyond simple raising of awareness into something much more disturbing. America needs to wake up.

    September 9, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaveyJay

      it hink that you should watch the show
      for those girls to put their lives out there for everyone to see to help raise awareness of the matter of teen pregnancy and mother hood is a very very brave thing for them to do so what i say is let them put their faces on magazines and show up to soicial events the more popular the show the better because even if seeing what these teens are going through affect 1 out of every 100 teens that watches it its still making an impact

      September 16, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • sakeena

      I agree

      September 22, 2010 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
    • sakeena

      Just making sure I was agreeing to the right comment :-)

      September 22, 2010 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. AJ

    I am glad some of the reality of being a teen mother or even a mother for that matter is being showed. When I was a teen in the 90's the teen pregnancy rate went up. I remember it seemed cool to my friends. One girl has a baby and shows the others, "Look at my baby's pictures" "Look at the new outfit on my baby." They get all caught up in the cute baby stuff and want one too. They don't realize how hard it is and how big a responsibility it is. Sometimes this is true for adults also. I am in my thirties and want to be a mother someday. I love my nieces and nephews but am glad that I see how hard it is to take care of children. Also, society makes women feel like motherhood will complete you–not true. I am working on myself so I will be happy and have more to give my children.

    September 9, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Crystal Burgess

    No, this is real life. They are showing how hard it is to have a baby as a teen. I let my girls watch this and they always comment as to how hard it looks. I feel for these girls and hope that they make a difference with their life.

    September 9, 2010 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. AA

    Worst show on TV.

    September 8, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mah

    Uhm yeah but the whole "it's so hard being a teen mom" becomes really moot when you're getting paid tens of thousands of dollars for appearances and having your life taped. Just sayin. Bristol appears on the covers of magazines pretending like she got the life of hard knocks. Her mother makes millions of dollars and she makes more money for a tabloid photo shoot than most people her age make in 2 years. So she can eff off and stop complaining that "it's so hard." She has enough money to get some resources. They all do.

    September 8, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Amanda Castellanos

    I don't believe that Teen mom glorifies teen pregnancy. I myself became a mom at the age of 16 and it is one of the most difficult things to go through at that age. Teen Mom has done a great job showing the hardships of having a child at such a young age. When Teens watch this show they are able to see that having a baby isn't just about this cute little bundle, those bundles grow and throw fits, cry, get sick and then there is the reality that the other parent of this baby may not help out like they should and there is a chance you will be raising your baby alone with no support systems. I wish there had been a show like this when I was younger.

    September 8, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anna

    No, those shows do not glorify teen pregnancy. I haven't watched the Secret Life show but I do watch Teen Mom and if anything it shows just how hard it is to raise a child when you are broke and still a child yourself. I am 26 but every time I watch it, I thank myself for being smart enough to use birth control responsibly until I am ready for children.

    Anyone who would watch that show and conclude that having a child = becoming a TV star would have to be incredibly stupid to begin with.

    September 8, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |

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