West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin asked MTV today to cancel the reality show "Buckwild," which some have called an Appalachian version of the television program "Jersey Shore." The show is set in Sissonville, West Virginia.
An excerpt from Manchin's letter to MTV's Stephen K. Friedman states: "As a proud West Virginian, I am writing to formally request that you put a stop to the travesty called "Buckwild." As a U.S. Senator, I am repulsed at this business venture, where some Americans are making money off of the poor decisions of our youth. I cannot imagine that anyone who loves this country would feel proud about profiting off of "Buckwild."
The letter concludes with: "Your program offers nothing about the major issues of our time: how we move our country forward, how we prepare young people to lead this country and take responsibility for themselves and how we put our finances in better shape for the next generation. I am writing to urge you to reconsider airing this show. I hope that as you consider your decision, that you would consider your own state, your own community and your own children. Would you try to portray them in this light?"