Over the years, many critics have blasted MTV for the creation of the Teen Mom franchise.
These individuals have questioned whether it was a great idea to make celebrities out of young women who were expecting babies, thereby glorifying a development that may be the most challenging one a person can face.
It’s now clear that the cable network has considered these objections, weighed them carefully…
… and then totally and completely ignored such chatter for the sake of ratings.
On Monday night, MTV debuted the first teaser for Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant, a redundantly named spinoff of Teen Mom; which, itself, was a spinoff of 16 and Pregnant.
(Remember the days when MTV actually aired music videos? Neither do we.)
According to the official network announcement, the series will track the lives of five expecting women and “show the highs and lows of their pregnancy journeys — and the unbelievable changes they endure after the babies are born.
“From excitement to fear, this group of girls will take viewers inside their emotional lives.”
Because this is exactly what vulnerable teenager who are about to become parents really need: to share their emotional lives with millions of strangers.
MTV goes on to write that “Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2 women have shown us through the years… [that] worlds are about to change forever and [when] it’s time to “mom up.”
Yes, mom up.
MTV just turned parenthood into a catchphrase.
We’re shocking it didn’t include a hashtag along with it.
Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant will premiere on Monday, March 12 at 10/9c, following a new installment of Teen Mom OG.
Check out the preview below:
As for the young women at the center of the upcoming reality show?
Prepare to meet them below…
Ashley, 20: Described as a typical party girl in Las Vegas, she and her boyfriend, Bariki (Bar) recently found out they were having a baby.
Their own mothers are “constantly at odds,” MTV teases, which not only causes issues within their relationship, “but palpable friction between Bar and Ashley’s mom.”
Brianna, 17: She and her transgender boyfriend Danae have always had an up-and-down relationship. During one split, Brianna slept with an old friend and got pregnant.
However, now Danae is back in the picture and has vowed to raise the baby as his own… yet Brianna’s mom questions Danae’s ability to support her child.
Jade, 20: From an unstable relationship with her parents to her boyfriend Sean, Jade has always taken care of others, the network writes.
Now that she’s expecting her first baby, she’s aware that she’ll need her parents support more than ever and she’s worried that she won’t be able to rely on them.
Kayla, 18: Described as “the girl next door,” Kayla apparently had a rude awakening when she discovered she was expecting.
Kayla was raised by a single mother and therefore understands the sacrifices and struggles such a life requires.
While her own pregnancy wasn’t planned, Kayla was excited to have a baby with her long-time boyfriend, Stephan.
But now she’s struggling with the choice to stay in the relationship for the sake of her baby or raise the little one on her own.
Lexi, 17: From a small town, she’s the head cheerleader and she’s part of a supportive and loving family.
She also got pregnant by her boyfriend of four years, Kyler.
As a result, she feels isolated from her friends and has become the subject of her small, conservative town’s gossip mill.
MTV asks: Will she be able to recover her reputation, or will she forever be known as the good girl gone bad?
Will you be tuning in for Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant?