Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Cue the SHRIEEEEKING . . .

in 12, 11, 10. . . hours.

At 11:30 tonight, MTV broadcasts its special about teen abortion. Here's a brief review from someone who got an exclusive preview. (My emphasis.)
MTV airs its stand-alone special about teen abortion, No Easy Decision, tonight at 11:30 p.m. — and having previewed it exclusively, I can report that it’s as sensitive, unflinching, and brave as the network’s hit series 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom (which have yet to tackle, and have barely mentioned, the A-word). Most of the hour follows Markai and James, a couple featured in the second season of 16 and Pregnant, as they wrestle with how to handle Markai’s second pregnancy less than a year after giving birth to daughter Za’karia. At the six-week mark, they decide, through heartwrenching discussions with each other, a friend, and Markai’s mother, to end the pregnancy mainly due to severe financial constraints. (James explains that he wants a better life for his daughter than he had growing up: “I’ve been without water, I’ve been without lights, I’ve been without food.”) And while pro-life critics will likely find fault with the show just for existing, no one can accuse the documentarians of making abortion look easy or fun.

Ah, but the SHRIEEEEKERS are accusing the show of 'bias', even before seeing it, lending credence to the notion that pro-liars just don't want it to exist.
But, when MTV shows the much-discussed program tomorrow, pro-life blogger Jill Stanek says it will be biased.

“According to Entertainment Weekly, MTV’s December 28 abortion reality show ‘will tackle all sides of the issue,’” she writes. “This apparently means the pro-life perspective will simply get tackled. The new website, 16 and Loved, sponsored by the pro-abortion group Exhale, states MTV collaborated with it for the program.”

(By the way, Big Nurse Stanek is lying -- I know, shocking isn't it? -- about Exhale's 'pro-abortion' position. Exhale calls itself 'pro-voice' and declines both pro-choice and anti-choice labels. The Big Lying Nurse could have found an actual pro-choice counselling agency, Emerge*, but alas, this one was not involved in the tv show.)

And they have other SHRIEEEEKY bones to pick. MTV, just like the evul abortion 'industry', is just in it for the $$$$$$.
The 16 and Pregnant program has been a ratings bonanza for MTV and many Hollywood and media blogs have focused on that fact, saying the decision to concentrate on abortion may be an attempt to snag more.

More SHRIEEEEKING about the attempt to normalize abortion.

Well, hell, abortion is normal -- one of three women in the Excited States will have an abortion before she's 45.

And the commenters around the pro-lie sites are naturally slamming Markai for being an attention whore, money-grubbing whore, and just plain whore.

Here is Exhale's support site: 16 and Loved, if you feel like leaving a comment.

The campaign to normalize and destigmatize abortion seems to be gaining ground, both with tv shows like this and the recent and ongoing Twitter effort, #ihadanabortion.

Good on MTV. Much more needs to be done.

*I blogged about Emerge here. Our old pal Twatsy makes an appearance in the comments there before we banned him.

ADDED: Markai strikes back on her Facebook page.

1 comment:

Beijing York said...

Good for MTV.

Real normalizing would include the perspective of women choosing the procedure without agonizing over it. It's a serious choice like any other out-patient surgical procedure for some, no more (e.g., claims of PTSD) and no less (e.g., claims of it being viewed as no different than going for a pedicure).

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