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Teen Mom

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MTV’s hit show “Teen Mom” is a spin off reality show from the popular “16 and pregnant” series. Teen Mom just wrapped up its second season which, like every other reality show was filled with drama. However, one teen mom, Amber Portwood, grabbed the attention of many non-viewers with her continuing abuse toward ex-fiance Gary Shirley. In more than one occasion, Amber was filmed physically abusing Gary. These violent acts were also in front of there less than 2 year old daughter, Leah.

Now, Portwood’s domestic abuse is being investigated. She is being looked at for domestic violence in front of a child under the age of 14. This is considered a felony. What get me is that, if this show were never made, would Amber Portwood be facing charges of domestic abuse? No outsider would know that actually was going on inside of their house. However, we must look at the media side of the situation. Did being on a reality show spark the urge for Portwood to obtain such violent actions?

Yeah, what Amber Portwood repeatedly did is worthy of being investigated of. Watching it, I could only think, “Wow she is absolutely crazy!” But if it were not for MTV and their hit series, “Teen Mom,” would her acts of violence go unnoticed?


Written by laurenma

October 27, 2010 at 7:05 pm

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  1. Having watched Teen mom I saw how Portwood was domestically abusive towards her husband. And I think that she was definitely wrong in doing so and should be investigated for domestic violence in front of a child. I do not think that the investigation would occur if she was not on the MTV’s Teen Mom due to the fact that the media would not be involved and she would not be put under the media’s microscope. As for the reality show sparking her violence it is quite posable.


    November 2, 2010 at 8:26 pm

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