In case everyone completely forgot about Farrah Abraham‘s appearance on Dr. Phil yesterday because it was preempted by far more important news coverage, allow me to remind you that it happened. And it was everything you’d expect it to be.
While I think we can all agree that the Dr. Phil show is pure circus entertainment that has strayed so far from what Queen Oprah probably imagined for it, he really has a delightful way of putting used up teen moms in their place. Watching clips from yesterday’s show with Farrah and her clueless, long-suffering parents also served to solidify my stance on MTV programming: it fucking sucks. Here’s a preview clip of the show if you enjoy having your gears grinded:
The girls of Teen Mom have spent years in the spotlight – on the actual show itself, on Twitter, and on the covers of InTouch and US Weekly. Being more than moderately famous has become a way of life for them. Some have taken it with a grain of salt, some have made the best of it, and some have pushed their tepid fame as far as it can fucking go. So what happens when MTV cancels you and moves on to the next batch of sexually misguided teenagers with low self-esteem and family problems?
Maci Bookout has pursued a broadcasting career of sorts, and regularly travels to colleges promoting teen pregnancy prevention. Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra have moved on to posting propaganda-laden photos on Instagram urging girls against abortion and starring on VH1′s Couples Therapy while planning their wedding, which will most likely be televised by MTV. Amber Portwood is all sorts of fucked up and is currently rotting in jail, by choice, because she knew she wouldn’t be able to get sober on her own. And Farrah Abraham is now a second-rate porn star. Aside from Amber, what all of these girls (who no longer have MTV to fall back on regularly) have in common is that they have each found ways to continue their notoriety and fame streak. Obviously some of them are doing it in more positive/productive ways than others, but none of them seem to be content to returning to quiet,completely private lives. You know, like Jenelle Evans probably will when Teen Mom 2 is over.
Farrah, as anyone who watched her on MTV knows, has never once taken accountability for her actions. (She also has the second-worst ugly cry on reality television, after Kim Kardashian.) She’s so used to being spoiled and catered to by her parents, MTV, and her “fans” that she can’t comprehend why porn star James Deen and Vivid Entertainment don’t give even half of a shit about her wishes. She’s on a downward spiral and I wish I could say she’s the only Teen Mom who is.
My favorite part about her being on Dr. Phil was how much Papa Randilicious loved it. Randy Houska is Chelsea Houska’s always entertaining dad on Teen Mom 2.
Debra wants to see her daughter in a magazine. I am thinking that wish may come true
— Randy Houska (@PapaRandlicious) April 19, 2013