CNHI News Service

Opinion

December 13, 2012

COLUMN: MTV's 'Buckwild' far from West Virginia reality

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — “Buckwild,” the soon-to-be-released MTV West Virginia-based reality show, has been all over the national news. The network  has got to be loving the free publicity.

Folks back home in West Virginia aren’t quite as happy. Many are downright upset. And their concern is justified.

Normally, we reserve judgment on a television show until actually viewing the entire broadcast. But MTV’s preview of “Buckwild” is enough to realize the upcoming series is bad news for the Mountain State.

Coming from the same network that brought “Jersey Shore” to television, MTV will air the inaugural episode of   “Buckwild” at 10 p.m. on Jan. 3. The series was filmed in Charleston and Sissonville, and features nine young adults.

The eye-opening trailer shows the cast of men and women drinking, cursing and swearing, undressing and making out, four-wheeling, fighting and even filling a dump truck with water and using it as a swimming pool. Whether they were acting to the camera — or being as “real” as reality television can get — their actions and words are reason for concern.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin denied the producers tax credits for the 12-part series because of concerns over its negative and inaccurate portrayal of West Virginians.

“Buckwild” isn’t Spike TV’s “Coal.” Nor is it Universal Picture’s “October Sky,” or Steven Spielberg’s “Super 8.”  Not even close. Instead, it appears to be a very sad effort by MTV to create a wrongful image of West Virginia and to promote an ugly stereotype of the proud citizens of the Mountain State. That’s truly sad.

But shouldn’t we be used to it by now?

Back in 2002, CBS wanted to develop the “The Real Beverly Hillbillies,” featuring residents of rural Appalachia relocated to Beverly Hills, Calif.  Plans for that show were thankfully canceled following widespread opposition from West Virginians.

Text Only
Opinion
  • Can black women have it all?

    In a powerful new essay for the National Journal, my friend Michel Martin makes a compelling case for why we need to continue the having-it-all conversation.

    July 29, 2014

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Inequality crisis shot with factual problems, hypocrisy

    President Obama, various media and political liberals say inequality, of all things, is the defining issue of our times. Yet this message is delivered by multimillionaires and a president who jets from tee time to stump speech on the taxpayer's dime.
     

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Zamperini, the Olympian and POW, was a hero because of his faith

    Louis Zamperini collected many accolades as an Olympic distance runner and brave bombardier who spent a month adrift at sea and two years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. But faith and forgiveness are what truly distinguished him.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hobby Lobby critics push specious privacy pitch

    The violation of privacy argument by liberal detractors of the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby-Obamacare case doesn't hold water when you consider the current collection and use of the personal details of your medical preferences.

    July 11, 2014

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Declare your independence from empty slogans

    'Independence Day' is now an ironic celebration in a country where the president promotes government dependence over actual freedom, and where bumper-sticker slogans have replaced actual, independent thought.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Taxi owners, government patrons try forcing Uber to go 'off-duty'

    Uber gives urban passengers an enticing alternative. Rides on-demand arrive faster than taxis, are cheaper and cleaner, and get rated by customers. Rather than hail innovation, government enablers are helping the heavily regulated taxicab industry freeze out the upstart.

    June 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg IRS spins email yarn as Obama slips past another scandal

    Forget everything you've heard about email. All digital trace of a former IRS official's email over the 25 months the agency harassed conservative groups has mysteriously, improbably vanished. Gone, too, is the White House's accountability as President Obama slips from another scandal.

    June 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Obama: Don't listen to those who knew Bergdahl best

    The Obama administration chides anyone who suggests that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl - the POW traded for a dream team of Taliban terrorists - might be something less than a hero. The White House wants us to stop jumping to conclusions - unless, of course, we're jumping to the right conclusions.

    June 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Left tallies 'true cost' of coal with a political calculator

    Weighing the "true cost" of coal-based energy is politically convenient. In a "true cost" world, coal may be more expensive but alternate energies aren't affordable, either; you don't get a tax break on your mortgage; and the feds don't protect the United Auto Workers from Chrysler's bankruptcy.

    June 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Veterans wait for healthcare, we wait for accountability

    Poor care and long wait times at the Veterans Administration are little surprise for an organization with such an entrenched bureaucracy. It's almost predictable as the Obama administration's mock surprise and non-response.

    May 30, 2014 1 Photo

News
Sports

Features