MTV is launching a British version of our old guilty pleasure, Teen Mom, Us Weekly confirms. The series will premiere in the fall:
“MTV UK has a great track record of re-versioning hit shows from our sister channel in the U.S. — we turned Jersey Shore into Geordie Shore and smashed ratings records in the process,” MTV UK managing director Jill Offman said in a statement. “We’ll use this expertise to give Teen Mom a fresh lease of life, combined with a unique British twist, which we’re confident will have massive appeal to local audiences.”
Fiona O’Sullivan of True North Productions also has high hopes for the project. “True North is delighted to be entrusted with making the U.K. version of Teen Mom,” she added in a press release. “We’ve have a long and fruitful relationship with MTV and have had previous success working together, so we look forward to getting to work on this project to make more ‘appointment to view’ TV.”
Teen Mom launched in the U.S. in 2009 and lasted four seasons, and has a couple of spinoffs. I can only imagine the British version. Drier? More open-ended? Kinda like The British Office but with preggo 16 year olds?
You see, Farrah Abraham wanted to make clear she did NOT like Teen Mom stars’ playful name-calling in a post she made to Instagram on Friday, December 18. And instead of acting like a LADY, she went AWOL. Classy!
The 24-year-old reality star reposted a video clip of the other Teen Moms sipping beverages together and calling her a “bitch,” and “hoe bag,” among other names.
“Your welcome Loser’s I work with for the money I allow you and your kids to get-this is why your #fake #trash #patheticparents,” she captioned the clip. “Thank God I have better things to do then this with my time. #RideMyCoatTails I can’t believe Catelynn, Maci, Amber, Kailyn said this about me!”
In a preview clip for the new season of Teen Mom OG, Abraham was filmed yelling at producers and camera crews, threatening to leave the hit MTV series.
“I don’t need to be a part of a trashy-ass show anymore,” she yelled. “‘Cause I make millions of dollars doing other s—t.”
In a statement issued by director Joseph Kahn and provided by Swift’s publicist, he said the video was “not about colonialism, but about a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa, 1950.” He also compared the video to films like Out of Africa and The English Patient, a connection some critics made as well.
Here is Kahn’s full statement:
“Wildest Dreams” is a song about a relationship that was doomed, and the music video concept was that they were having a love affair on location away from their normal lives. This is not a video about colonialism but a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa,1950.
There are black Africans in the video in a number of shots, but I rarely cut to crew faces outside of the director as the vast majority of screentime is Taylor and Scott.
The video is based on classic Hollywood romances like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as well as classic movies like The African Queen, Out of Africa and The English Patient, to name a few.
The reality is not only were there people of color in the video, but the key creatives who worked on this video are people of color. I am Asian American, the producer Jil Hardin is an African American woman, and the editor Chancler Haynes is an African American man. We cast and edited this video. We collectively decided it would have been historicially inaccurate to load the crew with more black actors as the video would have been accused of rewriting history. This video is set in the past by a crew set in the present and we are all proud of our work.
There is no political agenda in the video. Our only goal was to tell a tragic love story in classic Hollywood iconography. Furthermore, this video has been singled out, yet there have been many music videos depicting Africa. These videos have traditionally not been lessons in African history. Let’s not forget, Taylor has chosen to donate all of her proceeds from this video to the African Parks Foundation to preserve the endangered animals of the continent and support the economies of local African people.
What do YOU think of this music video controversy? Do you think the video is guilty of colonialism? I Kinda do, but like a softcore-style insensitivity that is mostly due to good-natured ignorance.
I’m not a religious person, but the idea that Blac Chyna and Amber Rose are getting more money than they know what to do with simply by having banging bodies and working instagram accounts means I am doing something WRONG WITH MY LIFE.
TMZ reports that these two are getting their own MTV reality show, and it’s very close to being a done deal (not with the devil, with MTV). Aside from being weird LGBT-rights BET makeout buddies, both women have a lot in common: they’re single, working mothers with high-profile rappers for baby daddys and money in the bank. Oh yeah, and they’re both also former strippers.
Sources close to production say the show will focus Amber and Chyna taking care of their kids while juggling work, including club appearances. No word if Wiz Khalifa or Tyga will be involved but I am assuming there will be lots of cleavage, booty shorts and cleavage. Finally, a show for WORKING MOMS.