‘Teen Mom 2’: Why Are People so Mean to the Moms?

If there’s one certain fact about life in the 21st century, it’s that people will always have something to say. The world of reality television is a particularly good example of this, with fans and haters alike converging to talk about the hottest shows of the day. Teen Mom 2 is one show where the stars have experienced a significant amount of backlash and online hate. Let’s break down the reason why the stars of Teen Mom 2 have become media targets and why some viewers seem to have a problem with the show.

Why is ‘Teen Mom 2’ popular?

Kailyn Lowry
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16 and Pregnant is the show that really put teen pregnancy at the forefront of cultural consciousness, whether critics liked it or not. Conceived as a spinoff of 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom 2 premiered in 2011 and followed the lives of four of the original young women from the original show. Jenelle Eason, Leah Messer, Kailyn Lowry, and Chelsea DeBoer have starred in the show ever since the first episode, and while many positive things have happened to the women over the years, they have also dealt with a crazy amount of criticism. 

In spite of the negativity directed towards the show and the stars, with critics claiming that the show glorifies teen pregnancy, the show continues to remain popular with numerous viewers. 

Leah Messer had to defend herself online

Recently, Messer had to deal with an especially vocal critic on social media. Messer had posted an image of her daughter with a hot dog in her mouth, and although she clearly thought it was an adorable moment, not everyone agreed. Trolls came out in full force to comment on the picture, saying things about Messer that were definitely borderline cruel. Case in point: trolls told her that, if not for MTV and Teen Mom 2, she would be “on the pole,” and that she should be teaching her children “class and education.”

Messer wasted no time acknowledging the haters, replying to some comments by saying that they don’t know anything about her or her child. It’s not the first time that the young stars of Teen Mom 2 have had to defend themselves and their parenting decisions to critics and it certainly won’t be the last.

Mom-shaming” is a phenomenon that affects mothers everywhere, and especially affects moms that are in the spotlight. Mom-shaming occurs when one mother feels the need to criticize the parenting decisions or lifestyle choices that another mother makes for her kids. From dietary choices to TV time, working moms or stay-at-home moms — it seems as though no matter what one mom does, another mom feels the need to make her opinion known.

Will the stars of ‘Teen Mom 2’ ever escape the stigma?

Unfortunately, it seems as though the stars of Teen Mom 2 might have to live with the results of their decision to go on TV for the rest of their lives. Granted, a lot of that would depend on what they go on to do after they leave the show, but even then, the public would probably still remember them as being a teenager who got pregnant and became famous on reality television.

Many critics are still calling for the show to be pulled from airwaves, claiming that young girls everywhere are trying to copy the teen moms by getting pregnant themselves. Some have even claimed that the show glamorizes domestic violence, considering that some of the moms have been involved in toxic relationships.

Ultimately, as long as people are tuning in, Teen Mom 2 will likely still remain on the air, in spite of the online negativity.