MTV recently canceled “Buckwild,” the reality show about a group of young West Viginians living up the country life. The reasons for the cancellation have nothing to do with ratings. “Buckwild” got the boot because of the many controversies that popped up one after another throughout the show’s short life. Separately, each controversy probably wouldn’t have killed the show, but together, they brought the demise of “Buckwild.”
Shain Gandee’s Death
Shain Gandee was a fan favorite cast member on “Buckwild.” He was found dead from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. MTV halted filming after his death, according to The New York Times, and it is one of the main reasons for the show’s cancellation. Should MTV have ended the show because a cast member died? Not necessarily. While it was a tragic death, so was Andy Whitfield’s and “Spartacus” kept filming in his honor. How about Larry Hagman’s death and the continuation of “Dallas”?
MTV is at Fault for Gandee’s Death
Some critics claim that “Buckwild” is a dangerous show, and MTV pushed these young adults to do stupid and dangerous things for the camera. The problem with this is that these kids were already off-roading and living their “country” lives before the cameras even showed up. MTV is not at fault for Gandee’s death. In fact, if the cameras had been rolling while Gandee was off-roading then he’d still be alive.
‘Buckwild’ Stereotypes West Virginians and Country Life
This controversy is true, but that doesn’t mean MTV had to cancel the show because of it. Many country-loving people do live their lives like the cast members on “Buckwild.” It’s not stereotyping if it’s true. The problem is that the show implies that all West Virginians and country lovers live that way, which is far from the truth. Just like the idiots on “Jersey Shore” were the minority, the characters on “Buckwild” are the minority.
Salwa Amin Drug Controversy
Just when “Buckwild” was doing well and ready for a second season, Amin was arrested on drug charges. Did she have some drugs on her possession? Oh no, she had entire shed filled with drugs and that she planned to distribute, according to US Weekly. How does a girl get that much drugs? Well, MTV pays her good money for being a reality star. It’s not MTV’s fault that their cast member broke the law, but it looks bad for MTV.
The ‘Buckwild’ Cast Members are Bad Role Models
It’s been said that if young adults watch the cast members of “Buckwild” doing their crazy things, that they will want to copy and be like them. Right. In the same way that people who watched “Jersey Shore” wanted to wear their hats sideways, get drunk, and fist pump. Oh, wait.
“Jersey Shore” attracted so many viewers because they liked to watch the train wrecks, but, yes, many young viewers wanted to emulate them and much of the “Jersey Shore” culture has seeped into the rest of the country. Maybe this controversy was right and MTV did the right thing canceling “Buckwild” before it seeped out to the rest of the world.