No one will ever confuse the “M” in MTV for marijuana, but the “Music” Television Network’s recent announcement that they’re seeking “marijuana addicts” for their – ahem – True Life reality show may be a new low for the teeny-bopper channel. A special web page was constructed asking potential show participants: “Are you addicted to marijuana?”
And because there is no evidence one can really become “addicted” to pot as people become hooked on alcohol, heroin and nicotine, MTV qualifies their request by specifically asking questions like: “Are you smoking so much marijuana that it’s messing up your life?” (Now there’s a biased question, considering the fact most stoners say they don’t get enough time to smoke because they’re too busy with jobs, families, etc.)
Although the show is called True Life, you don’t even have to be “addicted” to the real thing, Hell, MTV will even take K2 or Spice (synthetic cannabis compound products) “addicts.” They’re seeking participants from 15 to 28 – because if you’re over 30, you’re dead demographic meat to MTV. However, you don’t even have to be those ages; you can just “appear” to be 15-28. So does that mean MTV is planning on filming grade-school children who smoke pot as long as they look like they’re in high school?
The truly cynical undertone to this whole project is that MTV and True Life producers are pretending this program will be some kind of “serious” attempt at documenting the alleged “plight” of these hopeless addicts, as opposed to a sincere reality series that might portray the struggles of junkies and speed freaks who are actually addicted to drugs that – hey, whaddya know? – actually cause addiction.
If MTV were honestly seeking to depict “true life” in a show, they’d seek out pot smokers with the intent of featuring those who choose to intoxicate outside of the parameters of mainstream permissiveness and explore the pros and cons from there. But instead, the network creates a phony “addiction” premise in order to create a sense of false, heightened drama. Why? Because showing a bunch of content and happy stoners doesn’t bring in the ratings.
MTV would rather encourage outrageous “characters” who fight, break down, cry and act miserable. Unfortunately for the programmers at MTV, this kind of behavior doesn’t fit the profile of anyone we know – “addicted” or otherwise.