Monday, December 20, 2010

Why MTV is ruining society...

Translation: or all that is wrong with American TV programing.

So I was out and about earlier (it stopped snowing, the sun was shining, God was basically saying here you go Kat- embrace your first day of winter vacation), and I stopped at Target to pick up some tights (of the Spanx variety, with the Mexican food binge I'll be going on during my trip home I'm going to need them..mmm enchiladas). Anyhow, I am getting off topic...I was preparing to buy my miracle working tights when my eyes stumbled across the following headline on gossip magazine at the checkout counter- MEET THE NEW CROP OF TEEN MOMS!

I thought surely I must have lost the ability to read because there's no way in hell a magazine would be glamorizing the fact that some 17 year old had too much peach schnapps at her junior prom and as a result forgot how to keep her legs closed. But unfortunately, and much to my chagrin, I was dead wrong. Below the caption was a slutatisically looking fifteen year old holding twin babies. Because when karma wants to bite you in the ass- realize it is always ready and waiting.

Now, I realize mistakes happen, but why does the media feel the need to put these girls on TV? My searching led me (unsurprisingly) to MTV...the place responsible for all that is wrong with the world/Jersey Shore/A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila. Apparently they have like 65 different shows over pregnant teens. One would think they would be using these shows in order to help teens, not goad them into a casting call. I'm thinking they should do a spin off of MTV cribs, but in the literal sense. Wait, I'm giving them ideas...this is the opposite of my point.

Anyhow the point of my rant is this, why is teen pregnancy being glamorized? Ratings? Money? Ad revenue? I'm not sure. All I know is after five minutes of watching one of these shows I shut it off. I honestly felt bad for the girl...but then again she agreed to let cameras chronicle the 9 month ordeal. This should be a learning experience or a cautionary tale about all the things you will have to give up for that night of fun, but this girl was looking to get preggo to score loot and a nicer car because she was seemingly peeved with her parents being so old school and wanted her 15 minutes of fame.

Not the kind of thing that deserves to be on TV. If most of the episodes are like this and not at all informative on the hardships of teen pregnancy, MTV should be ashamed. I'd even go as far as to say they should replace shows like that with more Real World Road Rules challenge.

I think Lifetime movies deal with the whole teen pregnancy issue best. It's not something you plan for...which (let me get up on my soapbox) is why you can't just run around sleeping with everyone in your formative years. Or if you plan on doing so, you should be mature enough to tell your parents and make a trip for some birth control pills or something. Because for the love of God the last thing we need is for MTV to find more ways to make money by NOT PLAYING MUSIC VIDEOS.

Essentially, I blame you, MTV for making the masses believe everything wrong with the world is right. Exhibit A through Hepatitis C:

I'm told the small one in the middle is called a "Snooki" which I believe roughly translates to "miniature hooker" in Guido.


Now, I do not usually cover issues of a prominent or taboo matter like teen pregnancy in my blog, but thanks to the good folks at Planned Parenthood teens and young adults can all take a step in the right direction. If I have offended anyone with my ranting over why teen pregnancy shouldn't be glamorized on TV I am sorry. Children are truly a blessing and deserve nothing but the best, like parents who are able to take care of them and love them unconditionally. I know a lot of people who had children in their teen years and the kids turned out wonderfully, it is just not an ideal situation to be in, and I feel for those who have gone through it. I would not have been strong enough to cope. If I have children before the age of 30 I will probably not be able to handle it, so there's that...yeah. I'm sure that has something to do with me being a giant immature child myself?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things...

Translation: its no surprise the disdain I hold for a one Oprah Winfrey...and she seems to be popping up just about everywhere lately, but lucky for me (and you whether you're brave enough to admit you hate her, too or not), most of these places seem to be boldly bashing her to a degree I find both necessary and hilarious:

This scene of LEGEN...wait for it...DARY awesomeness brought to you by NPH and the gang at "How I Met Your Mother." Mockery at its finest, people!

And as an added bonus- Conan brings you the fear I initially felt about talking crap about Oprah...

Hit me up CoCo, we're way better off without the big O. Besides, she can deny it all she wants to Barbara Walters, but we know Steadman is just her beard. Poor Gayle...what's a girl got to do to get a little love? Either way- the revolution is upon us people! Team No-O for life!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

It's a numbers game, really...

Translation: suck it, math!

Well after 4 weeks of absolute hell, my statistics class is over...and I rocked it. 97 out of 100 points. I now feel like those moments where I felt my head might explode were worth it. I think. Sort brain is pretty much mush at this point. I'm just happy I remember how to tie my own shoes after that class.

And in "Karma decided to spare you, Kat Von Devious" news...I started a curriculum class this week that appears to be a cake walk. So I expect to be having my cake and eating it too for the next 8 weeks. As of now I am gearing up for a two week break from work and my master's program and a much needed trip back South to visit my crazy friends and thaw out.

I woke up this morning and found that I am living in a Hallmark Christmas card. Everything is covered in snow and so white it hurts my retinas. I'm pretty much a scrooge around the holidays but it's just so damn cheery outside I think I could throw up pure joy and not even mind it at this point.

(No- this not the inside of a snow globe... see more here)

So sorry for the posting absence but I have been working like a dog lately either on my own schooling or teaching others (taught Spanish the other day- more to come), and the creativity and will to sit down and blog has just been sucked right out of me. Until today. Because I'm pretty much snowed in for the next day or two. But I'm leaving you now, all that talk of cake earlier made me realize there's something missing in my mouth life. Peppermint chocolate cake? Don't mind if I do.

So I will be back soon, after I spend several hours doing extreme cardio to ensure my holly jolly ass doesn't jiggle for my homecoming trip. And all the while during my workouts I will continually be singing "We wish you a Merry Christmas, and a really firm rear" to stay motivated.