MTV’s “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant” have become very popular, hitting the top spots in Nielsen ratings at 4.5 million and 2.1 million viewers, respectively (2011 numbers).The shows have influenced American girls, spreading the message that it’s OK to get pregnant because MTV might fund it.The United States has the highest teenage birth rate among fully-industrialized countries, at 3.9 percent in 2009 for 15-19 year olds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.This number is high compared to other industrialized nations, such as Canada and France.Even though MTV shows the harsh realities of raising a child in high school, I believe most teens’ perceptions are clouded by the constant publicity and interest that these girls receive.While some girls decide not to have babies as teenagers, some might see having a baby as less of a mistake, and more of an opportunity to be on TV.
– Jennifer Pozner, media critic and journalist In early 2003, Elyse Sewell was a relatively anonymous 20-year-old research assistant at a biology lab.(One “Teen Mom” star stated in court that she makes 0,000 per season, not including endorsements and appearances).The girls are plastered on the covers of magazines — sometimes in a positive light, sometimes in a negative light.Then, unprovoked, show host Tyra Banks ushered Sewell off "America's Next Top Model" with a jaw-dropping dig.
"Elyse, your look is very strong for the fashion world — for the hard-core, die-hard fashion world," said Banks, herself a supermodel.
Reality stars’ influence is not always the best, as proven by MTV’s group of teen mothers, who generate publicity that often glamorizes teenage pregnancy.