West Virginia Senator Jo Manchin has a bone to pick with MTV's new reality show Buckwild.
The series, which premieres next month, follows a group of twentysomethings living in a small West Virginia town and has been described as "The Jersey Shore of Appalachia." BuzzFeed obtained a letter the senator sent MTV requesting the network cancel the series.
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"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
. "I have no problem with people in this country trying to earn a profit, but I would ask them: Would they do this to their own children, in their own neighborhood, in their own home state?"
According to Manchin, Buckwild
is a "travesty" which "plays on ugly, inaccurate stereotypes about the people of West Virginia." Buckwild
's producer John Stevens spoke to Entertainment Weekly
in defense of the series, explaining: "It's not like looking at a train wreck. That's not what it is.
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"It's quite the opposite of everything else on TV," Johnson continued. "These kids aren't hooked into the internet. They don't do Facebook. Shane doesn't even have a cell phone. The parents have to go find in the woods when I call to find him. He's usually out there on his ATV and motorcycle. That's their idea of fun. That's what so refreshing."
Watch a trailer for Buckwild
below. Do you agree with Manchin or Stevens?Buckwild
premieres Thursday, Jan. 3 at 10/9c.