We’re all familiar with Sweet 16, right? Well, MTV has found a way to capitalize even more off of this sad franchise. Recycle the faux debs after their 18th birthdays, and thrust them upon some 3rd world folks that are eager for some o’ that Western money [though the dollar bill ain’t what it used to be].
Throw in a bunch of reruns of the shows for the lucky divas and divo (who could forget Bjorn?) and then clips from the respective parents who’ve decided that 18 is a perfect age to start parenting their children. Great! Add a slew of indigenous peoples around the world and well, there’s sure to be drama.
Here’s a bit of Mtv’s own take on this:
A few years after tossing the parties that made them stars in their schools and fueled rivalries among the rich kids, you’re going to see some of the Sweet 16-ers you loved to hate the most — Ava, Sierra, Amanda, Bjorn, Marissa, Chelsi, Meleny and Alex — shipped away from their plush homes and easy lives and Exiled to foreign locations such as the jungles of the Amazon, the tundra of the Arctic Circle, the Andes mountains and remote islands in the South Pacific where they’ll have to live like local commoners with none of the amenities of their normally privileged lives.
Yes, we are now inflicting our own badly unraised children on MORE of the international community. CLassic question from one of our lucky prizewinners: “Have they even seen people before?” Parental response: “They are people, hon.” Common people.
This has train wreck written all over it, so of course, I might have to watch. But my sentient mind will be protesting. The anthropologist in me will most likely die a slow, painful death.
How do I reconcile participating in this tripe? I have no idea. I might actually be morally superior enough to avoid the entire show. But I don’t know. Where’s Bjorn going?