Amber Portwood, star of the hit MTV reality show Teen Mom, is lashing back at Kim Kardashian for slamming teenage motherhood.
On Jan. 19, 2011, Kardashian wrote on her blog how shocked and disgusted she is that tv shows like Teen Mom may be encouraging young girls to become pregnant.
I saw a story about a Memphis high school where 90 young female students were either pregnant or have given birth this year! I just couldn’t believe this and I find it so sad and disturbing.
It seems that shows like Teen Mom are all of a sudden making teen pregnancy seem cool in the eyes of young girls…but girls, these are not people you should idolize!
When I think back to when I was 16, there is no way I would even have considered having a baby. That thought wouldn’t even have entered my head. Having a baby so young shouldn’t be seen as the trendy thing to do.
Girls, please, think very carefully before you make these kinds of decisions. Talk to your family, friends, teachers, and most of all, be careful.
In response, a furious Amber, 20, defended her reality show, saying it doesn’t glamorize teen parenthood at all. If anything, she insists, it shows viewers how hard being a teenage mother is.
Amber: At Least We Aren’t Porn Stars!
Besides, Portwood says Kim Kardashian — who became famous after starring in a 2007 sex tape — isn’t a role model either.
“Last time I checked, Kim Kardashian had a sex tape floating around on the internet and I’m pretty sure she made a lot of money off of it,” Amber told E! “She made a sex tape when she was younger and she wants to bash the girls on Teen Mom?
“If you read the articles about the show, they do nothing but talk about how the show reveals how hard it is for all of us. It doesn’t glamorize anything! It shows the heartache we’ve all gone through.”
Jenelle Evans, star of Teen Mom 2, had little to say. “Sh-t happens,” she said.
While Kim’s message is on-point, Portwood’s lucrative annual salary from Teen Mom (reportedly $280,000) and the overnight fame that has landed her on numerous magazine covers does little to discourage the epidemic of teen pregnancy.
Teen Pregnancy Is Rising
After more than a decade of falling teenage pregnancies, the pregnancy rate among girls ages 15 to 19 rose 3% from 2005 to 2006, according to data released by the Guttmacher Institute in January 2010. Childbirths to girls ages 15 to 19 also climbed from 2005 to 2006, and again from 2006 to 2007.
“It’s very disturbing,” said Sarah Brown, of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. “We had over a decade of progress on a very serious problem, and I worry that we’ve ground to a halt.
“I think there are a lot of different factors at play, from less use of contraception, maybe because of less fear of AIDS, to our anything-goes culture, where it’s okay to get pregnant and have a baby in your teens.”