Despite its humble beginnings, MTV’s 16 and Pregnant and spin-offs Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2 have gone on to be a huge success for the network. Millions of viewers tune in every week to see what their favorite cast members are up to, to cheer them on in their times of need, and revel in their successes. However, there’s one thing that keeps fans coming back repeatedly to see what happened every week: the drama.
There’s a certain amount of drama that comes just from becoming pregnant at 16, but as the girls have grown and matured, a few of them have stopped delivering constant drama since they’ve married good partners, gotten stable jobs, and learned to parent like pros. As any reality star viewer knows, though, no drama means a pretty boring TV show.
But would MTV go as far as to fabricate an entire story just to keep viewers interested? It seems that might be part of what’s going on with regards to Maci’s drug battle with her ex Ryan Edwards. No matter how you slice it, something about this storyline just doesn’t add up.
During every season of Teen Mom, each cast members tends to have a main conflict they struggle with over the months. This season, Catelynn and Tyler are battling depression and trying to get pregnant, Amber is dealing with her unexpected pregnancy, and Farrah is battling with MTV. For Maci Bookout, the clear conflict she’s battling is with her baby daddy Ryan Edwards who she demands must get clean before she’ll let him see Bentley.
After picking up an alleged $10,000 a week habit with an addiction to heroin and possibly other drugs, it was clear Ryan needed help. He headed to rehab for 21 days and has been sober since. However, Maci still refuses to give Ryan or his parents visitation of Bentley until he can pass a drug test while she’s present. Ryan has spent much of the season pointing out that the drugs are still in his system despite his sobriety, keeping him from his son.
However, attentive fans have noticed that something about this storyline just doesn’t add up. One fan in a Teen Mom facebook group pointed out the suspicious timeline, writing:
“Maci’s storyline this season is total BS… go figure lol. Here are some pictures with dates proving that Bentley has been able to see his dad and grandparents regularly since July. Tomorrow’s episode Ryan supposedly hasn’t seen [his son] since Father’s day.”
They then attached numerous photographs of Bentley with Mackenzie, Ryan, and Ryan’s parents, dated from July, September, and August.
At first glance, these pictures make the timeline seem very unrealistic. Reddit user LittleDickBitchMatt broke it down:
“At the end of the day it’s a TV show, they are all going to go along with whatever story brings in the money. Mack and Ryan have scenes that correlate what Maci and Taylor say, and if Bentley is actually going to see his dad when the cameras are off then they probably don’t care what us viewers think.”
User MinimumYesterday also had something to day. “The show also plays fast and loose with timelines,” they wrote. “There were several scenes with Cate and Tyler that made it appear it was the same day or same week but the color of their house went back and forth several times from blue to white back to blue so it was clear that the scenes were out of order and done further apart than what the storyline suggested.”
However, many other fans pointed out that there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for all of this. “Those pictures look very, very old,” wrote user ccmmssjl12, suggesting that the pictures were posted much later than they were taken.
“Ryan isn’t as thin these days and Bentley himself looks a year or two younger. Same with Mackenzie. I wouldn’t be surprised if these pictures all came from before Rhine went to rehab.” They added, “Mackenzie has also been known to posts old photos trying to pass them as new. She’s been caught doing it before.”
User mistyblue_lilactoo agreed saying that the photos “are obviously not recent. They were just posted on those days. Look how young Bentley looks.”
It’s not always clear just what to believe when it comes to MTV’s storylines, and this is far from the first time the show has been accused of being fake — in fact, the stars themselves have pointed out fake moments. Kailyn Lowry shared experiences of the timeline being inarguably wrong, tweeting, “Let’s talk about how bad the timeline is off tonight. The wall paint and how it flips from mint to yellow back to mint.”
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