“No Easy Decision” by MTV.

MTV is airing a new program called “No Easy Decision” that features a former cast member from “16 and Pregnant” who decides whether or not to have an abortion.
The program is drawing national attention because abortion is not usually presented on television and of course it is an extremely volatile subject especially where I live in the “Bible Belt.”

A young black woman named Markai, who was on an earlier episode of the teen pregnancy show and is already the mother of one child, becomes pregnant again. The special aired on December 28 at 11:30 p.m. and will follow Markai through her emotional decision of whether to have her baby.
I believe the country may finally see more about abortion decisions and even more about the abortion process itself than they may have ever seen anywhere before. And judging by the news coverage of the program this week it is forcing a serious dialogue.

The “16 and Pregnant” program has been a ratings bonanza for MTV and many Hollywood and media blogs have focused on that fact, saying the decision to concentrate on abortion may be an attempt to snag more.
But when reality television meets teen pregnancy, has MYV gone too far?

I don’t think so, I believe the program shows that today’s society and its views are a far cry from the days when pregnant teens were packed up and sent away. Just a few decades ago, early pregnancy was seen as a stain on a family that was often elaborately hidden. All of us from that generation know a story or two of girls who went away to live with family elsewhere.

Here is MTV’s stance on the matter

“‘MTV has a long history of reflecting the lives of our viewers with
 compelling reality stories,’ Tony DiSanto, MTV’s president of
 programming, said in a statement. ‘16 & Pregnant’ follows the journey of six young women going through an immensely life-changing experience at such a young age. Each episode tells a new, unique story and shows the real-life challenges they face from dealing with family and friends to school and finances as new mothers. This is the real secret life of an American teenager.”

Of course this “true life” style of docudrama, not a manufactured situation, could make an uncomfortable time in their lives unbearable.

Some Pro-Life advocates point out that the show’s website only links to pro-abortion groups, including the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, which promotes sexual education over abstinence, and the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

On the other hand, it is encouraging to have a show discuss pregnancy in an honest and open manner.

Sarah Brown, CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, told reporters that she applauded the idea. “The stories in ’16 & Pregnant’ are full of hope, heartbreak,and real-life consequences and should be a must viewing for teens nationwide.”

If it’s as honest and supportive as she seems to think, perhaps it will be a constructive addition to the conversation.

What do you think?

Lady Gaga at VMA…Offensive or Awesome?

Lady Gaga looked almost conservative when she accepted the “Video of the Year” award for “Bad Romance” at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night. But when she remarked “I never thought I’d be asking Cher to hold my meat purse,” we realized what her get-up (dress, hat, shoes, and purse) was actually made of.
Earlier this month, Gaga wore a meat bikini for the cover of Vogue Hommes Japan. @GagaDaily reports the dress was made by Franc Fernandez.

Has Lady Gaga outdone herself?

Prince: The Internet is dead

The music industry might be embracing digital and online technology, but Prince is not convinced that it’s a good thing.
“The Internet’s completely over,” Prince told British tabloid publication, The Mirror, in his first newspaper interview in 10 years. “I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it.”

Prince is currently set to release his latest album, “20Ten,” for free through various European print media, including the Daily Mirror and its Scottish affiliate, the Daily Record. Fans can snag their copy this Saturday via the different press outlets, but you they certainly won’t find any of the new material online.

Prince has banned both YouTube and iTunes from using his music, calling the web obsolete.

“The Internet’s like MTV,” he told the mirror. “At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.”

Plans for a “20Ten” in the States haven’t been announced. What do you think, is Prince on the verge smart new alternative for releasing albums or does his approach seem misguided? I think it’s a marketing ploy, millions of folks will be on Google looking for the music now.

MTV Mobile App

TV has rolled out an interactive MTV News application providing users access to this year’s MTV Movie awards, as well as up-to-date pop culture news.

The application is available for free on the iPhone and iPod touch.In addition, the iPad version will be available soon.

“MTV is creating addictive digital experiences for viewers by creating and curating content with MTV’s distinct voice to super serve our audience’s passion,” said Mike Scogin, vice president of wireless at MTV, New York.

“The strategy behind the MTV News app is about making our content as accessible as possible and reaching our audience on the platforms they are spending their time,” he said. “Mobile is where our audience is, and where our advertisers want to be. MTV’s hyper-connected audience is ages 12 – 35.”

Users can browse by several topics, including TV, music, movies, celebrity and gaming news articles, video and photo content.
MTV fans can get behind-the-scenes mobile access to major events, beginning with the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, which airs on June 6.

Leading up to the show, the application updates exclusive content, starting with a live video stream of the red carpet construction. Users can also watch the live footage of the red carpet arrivals, backstage happenings and the after-party. In addition, users can watch video clips of the best moments “

The MTV News app will be promoted on MTV.com, the MTV Movie Awards homepage, social media outreach through Twitter and Facebook and through

Beatles Reunited on Rock Band!?

An impossible feat: the Beatles, reunited.

This magical mystery moment comes courtesy of MTV, unveiled its gaming division’s most ambitious and expensive launch in recent history: The Beatles: Rock Band.

The Fab Four, or rather, their youthful, mop-topped, computer-generated avatars, jam like it’s 1964.

At the launch PR event the two surviving flesh-and-blood band members, Ringo Starr, 69, and Paul McCartney, 67, took the stage for a surprise appearance. Standing side by side, the pair look slightly befuddled by the moment. For these been-there, done-that rockers, flogging a videogame is a first. “We love the game, it’s fantastic,” McCartney says. “Who would’ve ever thought we’d end up as androids?”

No one, perhaps, except a few ambitious executives at MTV. Incredibly this will bring the Beatles to a whole new generation. Now I may have to buy one!