Earlier this month MTV made the decision to start firing any talent that have made insensitive or racial comments either on the show or their personal social media. Which is totally understandable, but when the network decided to fire Taylor Selfridge of ‘Teen Mom OG’ for 8 year old racially discriminatory tweets that were used as a story line on the show… as Cory Wharton put it in a now deleted tweet, “they opened the flood gates.”
The Ashley’s Reality Roundup reported that MTV has now decided to do “Social Media Background Checks” on the cast members of all of their shows. “The cast members were informed that they have to fill out a complete background check,” a behind-the-scenes source told The Ashley. “They were told if they don’t complete the background check, or refuse, they may not be allowed to appear on the [next] season of the show. Some cast members were freaking out and saying it’s unfair to subject them to such intense scrutiny, after being with the show for 10 years. The [producers] were being pretty cryptic, too, and would not tell the cast what the company is looking for, or what happens if something that’s ‘problematic’ is found during the search.”
Kailyn Lowry deleted her Twitter around the time this was reported while “fans” attempted to dig up any controversial tweets from her past. Rumors have been flying that Kailyn once referred to her son Lux’s father Chris Lopez as the “N-Word.” There is speculation of video and/or audio of the incident, but nothing has been released to the public. Chris went on Instagram Live to defend Kailyn, stating that she never called him that. This did not stop “fans” from digging up an old scene from ‘Teen Mom 2’ in which Kailyn confronts her son Isaac’s father Jo Rivera on the way he dresses Isaac.
“When he goes over there, you have him dress a certain way; you have him look a certain way; you have his hair cut a certain way, and that’s not who he is,” Kailyn says in the episode. “I think you forget about the fact that he’s half-white and he’s half-Hispanic. I feel like you dress him in a stereotypical way, and I don’t like it.” Rivera replied, “I don’t understand what your description of how I dress him is.” Lowry responded, “You dress him like a thug!”
At the time of this episode airing, Kailyn’s friend Toni Ziegler told The Ashley (clearly one of my favorite sources of information) “Kail does regret saying that because she wants Isaac to embrace both of his cultures but it didn’t go down quite how it’s being shown. She was wrong to say it, for sure, but she was upset that Jo tries to change Isaac’s life and look so much whenever he goes over there. Plus, a lot of the time Jo just does it because he knows it makes Kail mad. He likes to push her buttons.” She also goes on to say that MTV pushed Jo to expose Kailyn in this way. Which calls to question the network’s current stance on racial injustice. They wanted so badly to get this drama on camera that they reportedly rented a car for Jo to drive to Delaware to talk to Kailyn. “There’s no way he would have done it on his own. And, they wouldn’t tell Kail what it was Jo wanted to discuss when he came over. She knew something was up.”
‘Teen Mom OG’ star Tyler Batierra has also come under fire for a snapchat he posted while intoxicated in 2017. @JustKeepItReal tweeted “did you say ‘you gotta see the crowd ni**a’? Asking for a friend,” along with video of the snap.
When the snap was originally posted Tyler responded to the backlash, “This ‘trifling a$$’ does have some explaining to do. I am a complete inconsiderate prick who made a mistake while attempting to take a mental break after dealing with everything. I deserve any hate you all give me, so lay it on me.” This incident occurred just days after Catelynn Baltierra checked into a mental hospital for depression and suicidal thoughts.
Maci Bookout’s husband Taylor McKinney has had some despicable homophobic tweets surface from around the same time that Taylor Selfridge posted her insensitive tweets. ‘Teen Mom 2’ cast member David Eason was fired in 2018 for homophobic and transphobic tweets (after several other unsettling incidents.)
Cheyenne Floyd is another MTV star whose old racist tweets have resurfaced lately. In her comments she expresses her “problem” with white people and how she wanted to kill them after seeing the movie ‘The Help.’
What do you think MTV should do in this situation? These are just the comments of the ‘Teen Mom’ franchise. Who knows how much more dirt could be dug up on the cast of other shows? Should the ‘Teen Mom’ shows get pulled from the air? What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and subscribe to Teen Mom Madness for all the drama sent straight to your inbox.