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Sen. Manchin To MTV: Cancel "Buckwild"
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on December 11, 2012 @ 11:11AM
Created on December 10, 2012 @ 6:57PM
 
Last week 5 News told you Senator Joe Manchin isn't happy with a new show that's set to debut on MTV.
 
The show in question is called "Buckwild", and it features a group of friends from West Virginia who are trying to create their own fun.
 
On Monday Manchin made the rounds on national morning shows voicing his displeasure with the show.
 
"I love West Virginia," Manchin told the CBS Early Show. "I know that this is not the West Virginia that I know, and that people that I know. As I'm told, and understand, this was all scripted and it would take four, five, or six takes if that's what was needed to make it look as outrageous as it possibly can."

On Friday Manchin sent a letter to the president of MTV asking him to cancel the reality show before it airs.
 
In the letter he said he was repulsed by the show. In one part of the letter called it a travesty writing, "(it) plays to ugly, inaccurate stereotypes about the people of West Virginia".
 
That move is being backed by folks who worry their reputation will also take a hit when it debuts.
 
"There's no reason to be tolerant of it," Jerry Farr, a Fairmont resident said. "I just wish there was more that can be done because my heart roots for this state."

However, not all are onboard saying the letter has drawn more attention to the show.
 
"I think he made a serious mistake if he wanted to get less people to tune in," John Michael Devlin, a Morgantown resident, said.
 
Henry Butcher, another Morgantown resident, went even further calling the show a form of entertainment.
 
"That's infringing on freedom of speech," Butcher said. "If they get rid of that show what else are they going to get rid of?"

Officials with MTV declined to comment to 5 News. 
 
The show's producer, John Stevens, told Entertainment Weekly that "it's not like looking at a train wreck" I think it's going to get people talking and it might change people's perspectives."
 
Senator Manchin isn't convinced.
 
"If that was your town, if that was your community, and these were your children how would you feel about it?" he asked.

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Comments (6)
Dec 14, 2012 at 9:53 AM
Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names can never hurt me. Unless you're an immature thin-skinned whiney adult that is!

Does Manchin expect to live out his life in this world without ever being offended? When do these people grow up? There's a lot more important things in life than crying about something offending you. What a lot of adults we've seen lately who've never completely grown up.
Dec 14, 2012 at 8:34 AM
If the Senator tries to police every show that depicts WV in a bad light, he will get none of his regular duties accomplished. This is nothing different. The Greaseman radio D.J. centered his radio jokes and stories around WV 25 years ago. T-shirts abound with the logo "It's all relative in WV". This show is not going to make the public think any less of WV than they already do. Who was chosen to give a television interview concerning the I-77 gas explosion on our own local media? The West Virginian with unkempt hair and missing teeth was interviewed! The preview for this show looks like any other show depicting unruly teens. Maybe Senator Manchin should concentrate more efforts on improving the health of his constituents by trying to improve the obesity ranking WV receives each year compared to other states.
Dec 12, 2012 at 2:59 PM
I agree 'politics' has nothing to do with this, or rather it "shouldn't" have anything to do with it. However, Manchin is making it a political thing. The left in this country can't leave anyone alone. They are constantly 'whining' and 'complaining' about anything and everything that anyone does or says that 'offends' their poor sensitive thin skin. Then they try misusing their offices by creating some mountain-out-of-a-molehill problem that never really existed in the first place. Why can't the left just leave us and our "rights" and "freedoms" to do as we want alone? In other words, mind your own businesses especially when it's something completely within our right to do or say what that happens to be. Then, mature a little and start acting like adults instead of little children who get all worked up over nothing. The 'real' problem with our country is it's being run by people with small minds not yet fully developed into 'mature' ones. Political correction run amuck. Sick and tired of whining adults. There will 'always' be someone or something 'offend' you. So what! If you're 'mature' you won't act like that.
Dec 11, 2012 at 5:24 PM
Why bring politics into this can't someone voice their oppinions without it being a political issue!!
Dec 10, 2012 at 10:39 PM
You'd think Manchin would be spending more of his time helping the economy and jobs in WV but no; like the typical thin-skin of the democrat party, they waste their time on nonsense. It's a show. It's not reality. No one in this country believes that 'reality shows' are real. Why do democrats get so riled up over someone's 'opinions, comments or stereotyping remarks?' I could care less what others think or say. Get over it for crying out loud. So sick of the child-like behaviors of the democrat party today.
Dec 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM
This is just so ridiculous. Does Manchin realize, thanks to his constant 'talking' about it, it is FREE advertisement for the show? I know of several people who were not even aware of this until Manchin kept harping about it. And by the way, he wrote the letter asking the producer to cancel it. That is all he can do. What gives Manchin or anyone else the right to think 'they' can tell others what to do and what shows they can air? What's wrong with these arrogant democrats lately? It's absurd and he's making it more so. And he IS or HAS caused 'more' folks to tune in to see what all the fuss is about. John Stevens is hearing 'ka-ching, ka-ching' thanks to Manchin. Common sense is so lacking today in our leaders.
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