West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is trying to shut down an MTV reality show. The trailer for the show, “Buck Wild," depicts teens drinking and swearing. The show hasn't aired yet and Sen. Manchin wants to keep it that way.
Sen. Manchin said he doesn't want people to have a wrong image of the youth in West Virginia and that it's wrong for networks to make a profit portraying states in such a negative light.
He said this show is pure fiction and he's not buying into it. He said networks like MTV pay people to do outrageous things all to increase ratings.
He said even if some kids act like this, there are just a few of them.
“If you're going to, that would be such a minority of youth in West Virginia,” said Sen. Manchin, “I mean show all the good things that the youth do and how accomplished they are that's what I would say. But people like to prey into the worst scenarios."
Sen. Manchin said he understands MTV is acting on its first amendment right, but for him, this is just the wrong way to make money. He doesn't want people who have never visited the state to have misconceptions of people living there.
Manchin said he sent a letter to MTV asking them to cancel the show.
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