Senator calls MTV show a 'travesty'
December 8th, 2012
01:59 PM ET
1 year ago

Senator calls MTV show a 'travesty'

(CNN) - "Whatever happens, happens."

That's the motto of the cast of the new MTV show "Buckwild," which has drawn the eye of a U.S. senator.

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Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, described "Buckwild" as a "travesty" in a letter to the television network.

"This show plays to ugly, inaccurate stereotypes about the people of West Virginia," he wrote.

Appalachian party animals bring together booze, brawls and backwoods, filling the void left by "Jersey Shore," the MTV hit that is going off the air after six seasons. On the characters' agenda: "throwing a dump truck pool party" and "building their own human slingshot," the show's website says.

Manchin called for the network to cancel the show, which is set to begin airing in January.

MTV had no comment on the request.

"Let me tell you: our people have given their all for this great country," Manchin wrote of his fellow West Virginians. "They've done the heavy lifting to produce the energy that is needed to produce the steel that builds our factories and cities. The proud veterans of our state have shed more blood and made more sacrifices than most other states to keep America free. We're proud of all we do to make America strong and secure the cherished freedoms that you seem so determined to abuse."

"Jersey Shore" also drew objections from political leaders in the Garden State.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed tax credits for the show approved by a state economic development board in 2011, saying, "As chief executive I am duty-bound to ensure that taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the State and its citizens."

– CNN's Rachel Wells and Stephanie Goldberg contributed to this report


Filed under: Joe Manchin • West Virginia
soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Jdevil1735

    At least these people in the show are actually West Virginians playing up a negative stereotype. With MTV's "Jersey Shore" we have a bunch of Naw Yawkas giving us a bad name and making people believe the negative stereotypes. There is a reason why when they had casting calls for the show – there weren't any New Jerseyans chosen – we don't fit the media driven stereotypes that New Yorkers like the get the world to believe defines New Jerseyans – the stereotype fits Naw Yawkas.

    December 8, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. Sara

    These people are being paid to work, aka acting, sense there are few jobs let them make a living. If nobody watches then MTV will boot the show and come up with something else. If you don't want to watch rednecks then don't tune in. I have to deal with these types of people everyday so no, I don't want to watch them on tv, but oh we'll, I just want watch the show.

    December 8, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  3. kateslate

    from this article:" That's the motto of the cast of the new MTV show "Buckwild," which has drawn the eye of a U.S. senator."

    hmmm... did the writers of the article mean to say ....drawn the IRE of....

    I see signs every day that our young people are not reading enough literature.

    December 8, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  4. Matthew

    As a gay, college-educated Democrat from WV, I want to point out that uneducated, stereotypical American rednecks can be found in every US state.

    December 8, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  5. Peter

    I'm curious. When the Beverly Hillbillies premiered in the early 60s, did a senator from Missouri complain about the Clampetts not representing people from Missouri accurately? (The Clampetts supposedly came from rural Missouri).

    December 8, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. Squigman

    The absolute worst trash on television has to be: No.1 Any reporter, or reported news on Faux News. No.2 Any politician, regardless of party that's made a living out of doing nothing and keeping their hands sparkling clean.

    December 8, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. ivan

    I miss MTV. Back when MTV first came on and they had musical videos. Not this appalling trash.

    December 8, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. Dave White

    Don't let Manchin fool you. Stuff a cigar in his mouth, put him in a white seersucker suit, and then guess who you have? Another Boss Hog. Everyone knows what these shows .They are pure entertainment and education for the far right leaders of tomorrow.

    December 8, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  9. cadillacjoe

    The same objections could be raised about nearly every "show" on MTV now. Luckily, my television gets more than one channel, and my remote functions very well, so I do not have to watch. MTV obviously gets ratings from somewhere or that stuff would not be on. People vote with their remote controls, democracy and capitalism at its finest. Don't like it? Vote for something better.

    December 8, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. cadillacjoe

    The same objections could be raised about nearly every "show" on that network now. Luckily, my television gets more than one channel, and my remote functions very well, so I do not have to watch. They obviously get ratings from somewhere or that stuff would not be on. People vote with their remote controls, democracy and capitalism at its finest. Don't like it? Vote for something better.

    December 8, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    Ha ha ha haha - he must not be getting any kickbacks from it. Or maybe it displayed his favorite still and it had to be disposed of.

    Some of the folks in WV, MS, TX, GA, and Arkansas do act stupid like that, They think it's fun. Whatever cranks their tractor. ha ha ha ha ha.

    December 8, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  12. k

    Who cares what he thinks and why is this news!? Hire some journalists, CNN!!

    December 8, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  13. Jane

    Why don't people understand the difference between censorship and expressing an opinion? @Jack Kieser, save your outrage for if he tries to introduce a bill banning the program. Part of the problem, indeed.

    December 8, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  14. Noel Peries

    Unfortunately, WV is a state where the masses are hoodwinked by the Republican party and the Democratic party to ignore everything else but Gays, Guns and God. Manchin had an opportunity to make a difference as the governor. He could have done what is good for the people of WV. He along with all other pretend democrats maintain the status quo where the energy industry keep the well to do in the money. The masses in this state are un-educated and ignorant. As with any third world country, the state needs to clean house. Get rid of the corruption that keep the masses down and MTV would not be doing this kind of show...!

    December 8, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  15. Todd in DC

    It's shock. It's trash. It's popular.

    Pretty much sums up all reality TV.

    December 8, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  16. Smeagel4T

    Fair enough senator. But ask yourself, what area of the country HASN'T TV mis-represented yet. That "Orange County" show was completely unrecognizable to anyone living in OC, and the show wasn't even shot in OC. The people in OC simply ignored it.

    December 8, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  17. Jack Novak

    Hang tough W.V.!!!

    December 8, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  18. snowdogg

    "They've done the heavy lifting to produce the energy that is needed to produce the steel that builds our factories and cities."

    Translation... a lot of environmentally destructive coal mining happens in West Virginia.

    December 9, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  19. Jim

    The TV networks only put on what they think people will watch. If people watch this crap, it's not the network's fault, nor the FCC. It's the public's fault. It's why shows like Duck Dynasty, Jersey Shore, etc stay on the air. Because the public likes it. I personally think it's garbage, and I make it a point to change the channel whenever it's on, but it's getting harder and harder to find anything else to watch.

    December 9, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  20. jimbojoker

    America needs a stronger presence from the left. Currently if your a labeled a leftist in America it only means you
    disagree with the right, this is not the case in most industrialized nations. The American worker is a puppet on a string
    manipulated by both sides. The Republicans attack the working class and the Democrats increasingly ignore it. Time for a
    change.

    December 9, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  21. Capone

    @ Stu Steinberg:

    1996 was the last time a Democratic Presidential nominee carried West Virginia. George W. Bush carried it in 2000 and 2004. If memory serves me correctly, he is white.

    As a matter of fact, on the state and local levels West Virginia is predominately Democratic. However, it has fluctuated between the two parties in terms of Presidential elections since the late 1950's. A simple Google search for would have provided you this information in less than 5 minutes.

    Instead of throwing around baseless accusations, make an attempt to educate yourself.

    December 9, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  22. Capone

    @ Chris:

    No one needs to see an episode to know what it will be about. Watch virtually any show on MTV today. They are all about stereotyping and exploitation.

    December 9, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  23. LizardLance

    Senator Joe Manchin should let this play out and not provide additional publicity for the show. If the show gets low ratings it will vanish from cable TV. If the show gets high ratings, it will be renewed next year. High standards don't matter. It's the way of America, for better or for worse. Let's face it. A nation that can't get enough of Honey Boo Boo, Jersey Shore, and shows about a million kids living with one set of parents...well, we're not going to make it much longer as a country. There is no way.

    December 9, 2012 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  24. Capone

    @ Jack Kieser:

    Overreacting just a bit, aren't we?

    Sen. Manchin represents the state of West Virginia and so you and everyone else should not be the least bit surprised that he would feel that a show like "Buckwild" will be offensive and that it will represent West Virginians in a derogatory way.

    He has every right to write a letter to MTV asking them not to broadcast a show. Everyone has that right. What part of being a Senator eliminates that right?

    Did he introduce legislation to prevent the show from being aired? No. In fact, has he made an legal attempt at all to prevent MTV from doing so? No. He simply wrote a letter.

    December 9, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  25. Johnrobbit

    @walleye46

    Censorship by FCC or other means is no response to your not liking something.

    December 9, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
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