Perhaps Ms. Gaucher's social circle can immediately dismiss such exaggeration, but what about outside our insular groups? What about the young professional you're trying to recruit from out of town, or that new person you report to based out of Chicago? Does that person so easily dismiss such exaggeration?
As a society, we should strive at a basic level to raise each other up, not exploit each other for our differences - age, developmental, physical, or otherwise.
Would a show exploiting the challenges that face the elderly be acceptable? What about the mentally ill? Don't they face real-life challenges MTV could make entertaining?
We'd repulse at any show that exploited those individuals, and rightly so.
Yet we seem to be OK with the exploitation of our youngest members. We're OK with a network that signs them up to go full-on extreme for the camera for a small pittance, and is long gone before the consequences are realized.
I say enough. Tune out, turn it off, and make the statement with your TV remote.
Patterson, of Dunbar, is the technology manager for a large West Virginia retail chain.