TLC really needs something to redeem itself. It used to be the channel where kids learned stuff. Now it's the channel where we go to watch men who like to play "adult baby" and guys with foot aroma fetishes. But now we have My Teen Is Pregnant and So Am I.
I'll admit it, my first thought was "here we go again, TL-freaks at its best." But the more I think about it, the show that amounts to a rip-off of MTV's Teen Mom could be just what we need. Hold on, hear me out.
After several years of watching Teen Mom, I stand by my initial assessment that this could be the show that parents need to scare their teenagers into actually using birth control. Tabloid covers withstanding, the bulk of the girls on the show do not have it easy, and MTV doesn't attempt to sugarcoat that. If anything, we could accuse them of playing up the drama.
The stats say it's helped. The teen pregnancy numbers are down. But just the other day I read that teen condom use is "stalled" at 60 percent. Now, I don't know about you, but I don't know any mother of a teenager who wants to hear the word "Grammy" any time soon. Teen Mom isn't enough, talking isn't enough, but I think they're all pretty willing to take more help ... anywhere they can get it.
So enter a show where not only is a teenager pregnant, but so her her mother. TLC is offering us a chance to see, side-by-side, what it's like for a young girl and her older, more experienced mother to go through the whole new motherhood thing. They'll be just alike, only, you know, different.
Are you seeing the genius here? Teenagers will have to sit there thinking, "OMG, that could be me ... I could be turning into my mother."
Is there any thought more terrifying for an "itching to get out of the house" teenager? Heck, I'm in my 30s, and sometimes I slap my hand over my mouth and think, "Oh God, I didn't just say that, did I?" And I haven't lived in my parents house in well over a decade!
So we have Teen Mom to remind them just how much their lives would change if they got pregnant, and now we can add My Teen Is Pregnant and So Am I to remind them they really, really, really don't WANT to be like their mothers. Sounds like a good idea to me.
What do you think? My Teen Is Pregnant and So Am I premieres next Wednesday, August 1, at 10 p.m. ET. Will you be watching?
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