These days, it’s no secret that reality TV can be pretty far from reality. By now, it’s common knowledge that even the most true to life of reality shows can be heavily produced and altered to fit a specific storyline. So to say that Teen Mom has some elements of fiction shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.
That said, a bit of editing here or there or a producer suggesting a line is nothing compared to outright lying about the ages of the cast members.
Any filmmaker will tell you that the art of film is essentially the art of manipulation. Even the most realistic feeling movies and TV shows are, at their core, products of emotional cajoling through various techniques and that is all the more true when it comes to reality TV. Sure, it’s supposed to be… well, real, but the truth is that often times “reality shows” present a heavily altered version of the real events they depict. What actually makes it to screens can be easily manipulated through editing, music choices, and even things as simple as what the producers and editors choose to include and what they leave out. These techniques, which are used liberally in reality TV, can effortlessly put a different spin on the “real” events depicted on the show.
Unfortunately, this applies to Teen Mom as much as it does to any other reality show. In fact, there have been numerous times in the past that the cast members have spoken out about their discontent with the way they have been portrayed in the show, claiming that editing and manipulation has made the events look different from how they really happened. Now, the accusations are heating up, which has fans concerned about whether what they see is an accurate representation of their favorite stars’ lives…. Or how old they are!
Fans were woken up to MTV’s ways when they posted an advertisement for casting for their upcoming show!
“Pregnant for the first time?” the ad reads. “Due between February and May ‘20? Want us to follow your story?”
It went on to list how these moms could contact them, and signed off with: ”Must appear to be 15-19 years old.”
Fans took this to mean that MTV is willing to fudge the truth about how old the cast members really are!
In fact, some think this may have happened with the present Young and pregnant cast!