Celeb Dirty Laundry published this article originally on April 2 – we offer it again now in light of MTV’s cancellation of Buckwild
Has Shain Gandee’s death prompted MTV to cancel Buckwild? Has exploitative reality TV gone too far? Does it verge on abuse? Are the participants in these disgusting shows being encouraged to harm themselves and further destroy their already pathetic lives?
The Mayor of Charleston, West Virginia where “Buckwild” is filmed says he hopes MTV will pull the plug on the controversial show after one of its stars, Shain Gandee, was found dead today, According to TMZ.
In a statement, MTV said, “We are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Shain Gandee, and those involved in this tragic incident. We are waiting for more information but at this time, our main concern is for the Gandee family and their friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Shain had a magnetic personality, with a passion for life that touched everyone he met and we will miss him dearly.”
Another member of the young cast, 24-year-old Salwa Amin, was arrested in February on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, according to the Associated Press. She was arrested again last week on suspicion of violating the terms of her bond and is still in jail.
Michael Douglas Burford, a third cast member, was arrested in February on suspicion of driving under the influence.
With the sadness of the news of Shain Gandee’s death it leaves the question has Reality TV gone too far by continuing to encourage illegal and bad behavior from its reality stars. MTV is the world’s premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. However now is the time to take responsibility for this tragic loss and maybe rethink the discussion to cancel BUCKWILD while sending a message that actions have consequences regardless of the cost!!!!!! There is no bigger loss than the loss Shain Gandee’s family is suffering and MTV should look at this as an opportunity to speak volumes to America and not as a way to line the pockets of corporate executives.
TOO many of MTV’s stars have suffered either an untimely death or run-in with the law to include: Ryan Dunn the 34-year-old “Jackass” star died in a fatal car crash June 2011 in Pennsylvania.
Amber Portwood, one of the mothers who shot to fame overnight on MTV’s hit reality show “Teen Mom,” was taken to an Indiana hospital after an apparent suicide attempt.
MTV reality star Joey Kovar has died at the age of 29. Joey appeared on the Real World: Hollywood in 2008 and his struggles with cocaine and alcohol use were featured on the show.
When does the word reality take on the meaning of “REAL LIFE” and not the lining of the pockets for ratings or sponsorships? When is real life more important than reality stardom? Share your thoughts in the comments below.