Don't expect Sen. Joe Machin to watch the premiere of "Buckwild" on Jan. 3. The WV Democrat is preemptively denouncing the MTV reality show set in his home state, which has been described as "the 'Jersey Shore' of Appalachia."
Roll Call reports that the show follows nine party animals from Sissonville, WV. Some of the show's scenes include the 20-somethings swimming in a dump truck, mud wrestling and rolling down hills inside tires. "Our motto around here is, whatever happens, happens," an unidentified cast member with a thick accent says in a preview of the show.
After seeing previews of the show, Manchin wrote a disapproving letter to MTV President Stephen Friedman. "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," Manchin wrote in the letter. "I cannot imagine that anyone who loves this country would feel proud profiting off of 'Buckwild.'"
This is hardly a new issue. In February 2003, then-Sen. Zell Miller (D-GA), lashed out at CBS over its proposed show "The Real Beverly Hillbillies". The show was to chronicle a rural, lower middle-class family that moves into a luxurious Beverly Hills mansion.
Via Roll Call.