West Virginia Senator Requests "Travesty" 'Buckwild' Be Cancelled
'Buckwild' is an American reality TV show that has been described as the meeting of Honey Boo-Boo Child and Jersey Shore, and has been greatly criticised by West Virginia Senator, Joe Manchin, because it panders to "ugly, inaccurate stereotypes" of his home state.
Buckwild follows a group of West Virginia teens who "share a deep pride in contemporary small-town American life and a passion for living it to the fullest, while making up their own rules as they go," a press release said. Before it's production even started the show came under criticism and a PhD candidate, Jinny Turman-Deal, reported by The DA said: "Honestly, I think people have a reason to be concerned. The characters of these shows are usually the most eccentric and don't represent the whole population. I know a lot of people from New Jersey who resent 'Jersey Shore,'" she said. "But, hopefully there's something deeper to this show, and it doesn't simply reinforce a stereotype."
The Senator himself said "As a proud West Virginian, I am writing to formally request that you put a stop to the travesty called 'Buckwild'... Instead of showcasing the beauty of our people and our state, you preyed on young people, coaxed them into displaying shameful behavior -- and now you are profiting from it. That is just wrong." Adding, "I hope that as you consider your decision, that you would consider your own state, your own community and your own children. Would you try to portray them in this light?"
If Manchin is ignored, the show is set to air on January 3rd.