Have you heard about the new MTV show BuckWild?
Set in West Virginia, the reality show looks like it could be described as a cross between Jersey Shore and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, following a crew of rowdy and dramatic young people in the backwoods. Democratic West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin III calls the show a “travesty” and has sent a letter to MTV President Stephen Friedman requesting the network take BuckWild down.
“As a U.S. Senator, I am repulsed at this business venture, where some Americans are making money off of the poor decisions of our youth,” Manchin wrote, after seeing only previews of the show – not an actual episode–according to The Washington Post.
“I cannot imagine that anyone who loves this country would feel proud profiting off of ‘Buckwild’,” Manchin went on to write.
MTV described the show in a press release as “a new series following a group of nine young, carefree and adventurous friends living in West Virginia.”
Carefree is one way to put it.
Manchin’s complaints may fall on deaf ears. When the network first aired Jersey Shore they faced a considerable amount of controversy from Italian-American groups for what they saw as the promotion of inaccurate stereotypes for profit, and even Domino’s Pizza pulled their advertising during the show’s commercials. Jersey Shore survived and has made it through six seasons, eventually becoming the network’s most watched series ever.
MTV has yet to comment on or respond to Manchin’s letter.
Watch a trailer for the new series that premieres January 3: