Sen. Joe Manchin's Lonely War on MTV's Trashy "Buckwild"
In which the coal-loving, gun-toting Democrat launches a crusade against the "Jersey Shore" of West Virginia.
In case you haven't heard about Buckwild, it's the show that intends to fill the void in your life left when Jersey Shore goes off the air in late December. Buckwild, premiering Thursday January 3, is an unforgiving cavalcade of cultural stereotypes. The easiest way to describe the show is Jersey Shore, but transposed to small-town West Virginia. The series follows a group of thickly-accented young adults as they swear, fight, carouse, and fornicate their early twenties away. Stars include "Justin Beaver," one of the adrenaline-junkie males, and Shae, a blonde and "spicy" Southern belle who is sexually attracted to degenerates. The cast also enjoy shooting things, blowing stuff up, and operating all-terrain motor vehicles with zero regard for logic or safety.
So instead of exploiting debauched, club-raving Italian-Americans for the sake of ratings, this program will exploit hormonal, mud-wrestling West Virginians for the sake of hopefully comparable ratings.
Sen. Manchin isn't pleased with the above representation of his home state. And last Wednesday, he started tweeting about it. He began by addressing a piece posted to a satirical "fake news" website claiming that Manchin had singlehandedly vanquished Buckwild.
To clear up confusion on "Buckwild;" I wish I could take credit for stopping anything that portrays #WV poorly, but this story is satire— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) December 5, 2012
It’s a shame that people are making money off so-called entertainment when they should be teaching people how to be more responsible adults— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) December 5, 2012
My message to MTV is this: One day this could be your kids, and I hope you put a stop to such an inaccurate and despicable portrayal.— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) December 5, 2012
(MTV has yet to respond to the senator's plea for cancelation.)
And here he is on The Today Show on Monday, railing against the pop-culture "travesty":