EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMTV'S "BUCKWILD" AIRS
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Reality Show "Buckwild" Draws Mixed Reviews
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jan. 4, 2013 10:00 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 4, 2013 12:45 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
"Buckwild" has aired, and the MTV reality show filmed in West Virginia has people talking.
Eyewitness News spoke to people for some reaction. Libby Rojas of Charleston said the young people in the show "act like any other kids do when they're that age, and they've got space to go wild. I mean I think most people watch it are like, 'Yeah, I did that kind of stuff."
Angie Walker of Charleston said she thought the show portrays people "just having a good time." "I don't think it reflects anything about people from West Virginia," Walker said. "If you want to know what West Virginia is like, come here."
On the Eyewitness News Facebook page, more than 300 people weighed in with their comments, and the reactions were mixed.
Stac Gail Staats didn’t watch the program because “West Virginia is made fun of enough and I can tell by the comments of those who did it was just as I expected. Too bad more people didn't just do the right thing and not watch it. God gives us choices in life -- choices to do the right thing.”
John White said he thought it was much better than the reality show “Jersey Shore.” “I'd say that's how about 80 percent of kids act in West Virginia and all the other states. Kids will be kids. At least they’re not out robbing people for drugs,” White said.
Stacy White Mattern had a different opinion. “I hope their families are proud, because I definitely (was) embarrassed,” she said.
Carley Renea Douglas said the behavior in the show was not all that surprising. “I don’t know where you all think you’re from, but I'm from West Virginia and I did all those things growing up and still would. Me and my friends made a hot tub out of the back of a Ranger at 6 in the morning,” Douglas said. “Maybe you all are embarrassed to admit you grew up doing it or are so old when you grew up you couldn’t wear pants to school. Times have changed.”
Amber Davis, however, said the show simply did not portray very positive images. “If you think degrading oneself is entertainment like Jerry Springer then you have issues,” Davis said. “And just because other states do the same thing that makes it OK? I guess the old saying is true, ‘Just because everyone is jumping off the roof/bridge would you do it, too?’ I mean really folks. Yeah, you're right we don't have to watch it and most of us will not, but how can you say this is entertainment?
“ It's pure ignorance. And if 80 percent of kids in West Virginia are doing it like another poster said, then parents need to grow up and start being real parents. People have no pride in themselves anymore.”
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