Just when it seemed as though MTV couldn’t push its moral boundaries any further, reports are emerging about a proposed show with a premise that makes “Jersey Shore,” “Teen Mom” and other related programs look tame. The show, disturbingly called, “My First,” was supposed to follow young people as they prepared to lose their virginity.
While the show was looking to cast individuals who were at least 18 years of age (i.e. people who are “of age”), the values associated with it are certainly questionable — so questionable that even the network has backtracked on the project. The casting call, which is not currently present on the MTV Casting web site (it was likely disabled), makes the network’s original intention to capture “sexual firsts” clear.
“Do you want to take things to the next level? Like, are you ready to hand over your V card? Or do you have a friend who is ready to lose it? Young adulthood is a time for exploration,” a posted casting call for the show read. “New relationships, fresh experiences and sexual firsts. Now MTV is looking to frankly capture that journey in a new series called My First. We’re looking for adults who are ready to go all the way. Let MTV come along on your journey… as you try to lose your virginity!”
Here’s a screen shot from the casting call, below (via Fox News):
Certainly, these words alone are controversial enough. But what about the themes embedded beneath them? Consider the implications of a network offering to essentially assist young people (albiet people who are of age) as they embark on a sexual expedition. One assumes that these individuals would be paid to take part in the program, which only makes it even more surprising.
In a statement to FOX411’s Pop Tarts column, an MTV rep dismissed the show and its subsequent removal from the network’s casting page, saying, “This was a preliminary casting notice, and we’re not moving forward with a pilot.”
Of course, following intense controversy, such a reaction is to be expected. Even actress Patricia Heaton (“The Middle” and “Everybody Loves Raymond”) got in on the mix, calling MTV’s decision to originally pursue such a show “so incredibly depressing.” Heaton, known for her conservative, Christian worldview, wasn’t alone in criticizing the network.
“This is part of the media attempt to mock people who have morals and to treat virginity like a disease that must be cured,” said Dan Gainor, vice president at the Media Research Center. “Network programmers won’t be satisfied until they are able to hold live gladiatorial combat on air with the audience voting on whether the loser gets to live.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time the network’s intentions have been questioned. “Skins,” a show that aired briefly on the network last year, was accused of bordering, at moments, on child pornography. Considering that young people watch the network — a factor executives must be aware of — the continued push for such morally-questionable content is intriguing.
(H/T: Fox News)