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5 Reasons Why the Show “16 and Pregnant” Is a Horrible Influence

If you have never seen the show “16 and Pregnant,” then count yourself lucky. I, on the other hand, have seen multiple episodes and have recently thought about how this show can influence young adults and teenagers. The conclusions that I came to were pretty horrifying for me.

1.It makes getting pregnant seem cool-That’s right. Despite the information about safe sex and how to prevent pregnancy, this show can have a horrible influence that it’s okay to get pregnant at a young age. Think about it. We live in a culture that promotes sex. From clothing to cars, we are constantly bombarded with sexual imagery.

These girls are being given a television show once they get pregnant. In our culture, that is seen as some type of reward. As we all know, people on reality television become famous, admired, and even loved by our culture.

Of course there is an exception to every rule.


So if young people believe they can make it in reality television by getting pregnant, then what’s to stop them? Everybody wants to be a celebrity, so if getting pregnant is the way to go, some girls will go down that path. And that is scary.

2. It encourages girls to be in horrible relationships– If you ever watch the show, you’ll quickly learn that the boyfriends are usually not great catches. Most of them are unemployed, video game playing, no ambition teenagers. All of these attributes are fine if you are a teenager, but once you step into the role of being a father and a husband, you need to step it up.

Also, the girls aren’t much better. Some of the guys get treated like garbage on the show. And what’s even worse is the fact that these young kids get married out of guilt-not out of love.

This is real love…


So now all of these young kids are ending up in abusive relationships that they didn’t even want to be in. Man, babies sure make things complicated.

Yeah baby, I’m talking to you!!!


3. It airs on a channel that sends mixed signals– Mtv is one of the last places I would recommend looking when it comes to morals. They aren’t exactly good “role models.” Might I suggest “South Park?”

Much better.


But seriously, every other show on Mtv is about how awesome hooking up is. From the “Real World” to “Jersey Shore.” Mtv has the power of influence over young people and can therefore teach them some horrible things.

This guy is your children’s Sex Ed teacher.


I understand that Mtv is trying to do its part and teach young people about safe sex. But come on, when you make sex and partying look so great, how can you expect to have a positive influence? “Forget about STDs and all that garbage, just don’t get pregnant,” said the Situation.

4. The poor kids could be scarred for life– Think about it. Don’t you hate it when your parents tell embarrassing stories about you, or show embarrassing pictures of you as a baby? Now take that shame and multiply it by a million. These poor babies on the show have to grow up in front of millions of viewers. Once these kids are old enough to understand what’s going on, how are the parents going to explain that all of these embarrassing moments have been put on display?

“Why did you do this to me, mommy?”


Look at young Hollywood. Most of them are on drugs, drinking all the time, or going crazy!  If these kids stay on television, there is no telling how they will grow up. I hope for the best for them. The parents are basically making money off of allowing their kids to be filmed, without the children’s permission. There should be some type of child labor law against that or something.

“I’m suing you, mom!”


5. It spawns other shows about pregnancy-Now there are shows all over the place about teen pregnancy! And my personal favorite is….

If you listen closely, you can hear my man card being taken away.


This show is ridiculous…and addicting. I’ll admit that I have sat down and watched a few episodes. Mostly to sit and laugh about it later. The acting is terrible and the information is stupid. After every soap opera-like episode, where they glorify getting pregnant and having a child at 16, they try to make it better by showing this.

I’m not exaggerating when I say this show is messed up. Everyone is banging everyone, and all these young girls are having kids. Why are there so many shows glorifying this? There needs to be a show about about a nice girl who studies hard and gets into college and makes a difference. But no one would watch that would they?

Man, I wish I could go back in time to where shows didn’t glorify pregnancy and instead it glorified being a normal kid.

Those were the days.

What Are We Afraid Of?

Fear is a funny thing. It causes us to become paralyzed. It can keep us from going after our goals and our dreams. It’s happened to me a few times, and it still plagues me to this day. But when you stop to think about it, there are a lot of things we should be afraid of.

One of many things I'm afraid of.

But it’s not the things we fear, but how we react to them. I would like to look back one day and say that I stood up to my fears and conquered them. I’d like to take all the petty things I’ve worried about and just forget them. I want to keep my head held high and look into the face of my fears.

Example of how a real man faces fear.

In the end, I guess we have to decide what we are going to do. Do we fear petty things that can keep us from moving forward? Rejection. Failure. Hurt. Pain. These are all just words. But these words can keep us from doing great things.

So slowly, but surely, I will one day face the things I’m afraid of. Sure I’m going to take baby steps, but at least they are steps in the right direction. And I think that’s all that really matters. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. At least it’s progress.

And when in Rome, do as the Romans do.

It’s going to be a journey and it may take awhile. But who cares? As long as everyday you are trying to conquer a fear, then you’re doing pretty good in my book. 🙂

Why the Green Lantern is Horrible (Without Even Seeing It)

I think it’s funny that the movie is called the Green Lantern. I’m pretty sure that’s all the producers of this film were thinking about. Green.

The “Green” Lantern.


The first big problem that I have with this movie is the fact that the entire suit was CGI. Why would that be a good idea? Who raised their hand during the meeting and said, “Hey guys, I think it would be really cool to make this movie look as fake as possible without any effort.”  It seems like a pretty good suggestion.

Also, I have a problem with Ryan Reynolds. Now don’t get me wrong, he has done some stuff I have enjoyed. But I just hated his character in the trailer. He was way too cocky and his dialogue was way too stupid. But I shouldn’t be complaining. I’m sure they could have cast someone a lot worse.

A lot worse.


But in Ben Affleck’s defense, he never got a second chance to make a comic book movie that was good. Ryan Reynolds has had multiple attempts. He’s been in Blade Trinity, X-Men Origins, and now the Green Lantern. In my opinion he is 0 for 3. Come on Hollywood, you gave Nicolas Cage a second chance after Ghostrider with Kick-Ass. When will Ben get a second chance? That’s a horrible idea. What am I talking about?

But hey, I’m sure the Green Lantern is going to make a ton of money. The ladies love Ryan Reynolds. I just can’t understand why they would make the movie so poorly. The costume looks ridiculous, the acting seems pretty lame, and I just don’t understand why DC would do such a thing. Come one DC, with movies like The Dark Knight, you have to step up your game. Why not just hire Christopher Nolan to direct and write all of your movies? Clearly he knows what he is doing.

Anyways, I haven’t seen the movie, but I’m sure it will be in the bargain bin in a few months. Maybe I’ll check it out then. I’m just really bummed out because I was expecting a great movie with the Green Lantern character. Maybe they will do a sequel or a reboot. It seems to happen a lot these days. Maybe they can get Peter Jackson to direct and use another CGI person to wear the ring.

Poor guy finally gets a break.

Top 4 Documentaries I Recommend

I was sitting around yesterday trying to think about the next topic I would do for this blog. Then out of nowhere, I realized I’ve always wanted to shove my favorite documentaries down people’s throat and act superior when people say they haven’t seen them. Boom.

I’m not really like that though. I would hate to shove my movie taste down anyone’s throat. Mostly because I think my taste in movies wouldn’t be good for people to eat. It would probably taste gross since the movies I like really aren’t that great. But you know what, it’s my blog and my opinion, so deal with it! Hey that was our first fight. I feel closer to you now.

Anywho, these are in no particular order.

4. The Corporation- in this documentary you really learn just how corrupt and messed up some corporations are. It’s really scary to see just how much power and control they really have. The most disgusting thing that I learned had to do with the food industry. The narrator talked about how we inject cows with hormones in order to make them produce milk. Well this hormone causes infections in the utters and we end up drinking puss in our milk. Gross right? This is the one time I was thankful that I’m lactose intolerant. It’s definitely worth checking out though. You’ll be shocked at a lot of the information presented.

3. Zeitgeist- the main reason I like this documentary is because it is free on youtube. Free makes me happy. I also like it because it gives interesting perspectives on religion, 9/11, and the future. Now I’m not too big into conspiracies, but I love learning about them. It’s amazing how many different stories are out there, and some of them make a lot of sense. But if you want to be challenged and to really think about some stuff you believe, I would highly recommend you check it out. Be sure to take all the information with a grain of salt though.

2. Jesus Camp- this one is also available on Youtube. It’s pretty scary to watch. Basically it’s about children going to camp in what I believe is North Dakota? I might be wrong about that. Anyways, the things they teach these kids are crazy. They are wanting to turn these kids into radical Christians that are preparing for a war. It was pretty intense but it’s a good watch.

1. Bigger, Faster, Stronger- I think this one might be on Youtube or somewhere else on the internet. This documentary is about steroids and how they aren’t really as big a deal as the media makes them out to be. It offers shocking statistics that only 3 people a year die from steroids, while tobacco and alcohol kill thousands. It’s a really good watch if you are into fitness. Steroids are still dangerous and seem stupid to me, but I’m glad I took the time to sit and be educated more about the drug. It’s sad to see how our body images have changed over the years. We all want a perfect body and if that means hurting our health to get there, then so be it. It’s a messed up mentality. This documentary also talks about the supplement industry and how most supplements are a joke. I really enjoyed this film. However, if you’re unaware that childhood heroes such as Hulk Hogan, Arnold, Selvester Stallone, Mark McGwire, and Barry Bonds abused steroids, then you might want to continue to live in ignorance.

I know I do.

My First Blog

So this is my first blog.

Today, I’ve been watching the Travel Channel. Exciting I know. It allows me the luxury of seeing new places without having to leave my room.

But, in all seriousness, I’ve been watching this show called “Man vs. Food” hosted by Adam Richman. My only question is how does someone land this job? This guy literally goes from state to state finding places that have delicious food and that have food competitions. For example, today he went and did a contest to see if he could conquer “stupid wings.” Apparently, the sauce is so hot it’ll make your mouth sweat and make you pray for sweet death. Those are just rumors I’ve heard. If you’re like me, you may be asking, why would someone do something so stupid? I don’t know.

I think a better show would be a film crew documenting what happens to the poor guy after he eats all of this horrible food. For example, he’s tried to finish a pizza the size of a table, 10 milkshakes in one sitting, and a sandwich with about 6lbs of meat on it. Chances are once the cameras stop rolling, this guy is headed to the nearest bathroom to bargain with God.

I hope this Adam guy has good insurance because he should probably see a doctor after eating all the stuff he’s eaten.

But at the end of the day, after I see an obese man eat a steak that’s bigger than my torso, it makes me proud to be an American. :/

God bless America.

Take that vegetarians!!!

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