Transcript for MTV's '16 and Pregnant' Blasted by Illinois Mayor
We continue with the mtv show "16 and pregnant." It's under fire from an illinois mayor. He's blocking filming on public property, saying it sends the wrong message by glamorizing unwed mothers. We'll hear what you have to think. But here's linzie janis with the story. Reporter: It's the hit reality tv series that chronicles the hardships of teenage pregnancy and motherhood. What? I think my water just broke. Reporter: But this morning, an illinois mayor says he doesn't want the mtv show filmed in his town. I think it sends a wrong message. I don't have my head in the sand to realize it doesn't go on in this town. It does. Let's not add to the glorification process. Reporter: According to more than one facebook fan page, one of the characters on "16 and pregnant," lives in tinley park, illinois. Where the mayor is discouraging local businesses from allowing camera crews in. What's my five minutes on tv? How do I get on there? I get progress. Is that a good message to send out? Reporter: Neither the teen or mtv would confirm their roles in the show. But pictures and their bundle of joy are showing up on social media. Supporters of the series are disagreeing with the mayor, saying it does anything but glamorize pregnancy. I challenge someone to watch the shows and walk away from them and see anything in their lives that appear to be glamorous. I don't think we were in this situation, we wouldn't be this unhappy right now. If we didn't have a kid, we wouldn't be together. In our view, this is sex education for the 21st century. Reporter: Mtv has declined to comment. It's not clear how far the mayor is going to take this fight. But if he wins or loses, a lot of moms feel he has sparked an important conversation. One that is affecting a lot of teens out there. Reporter: For "good morning america," linzie janis, abc news, new york. We asked viewers how they thought about this mayor's reaction. And ann marie sweeted, I think it's something that all teenagers should see. There are some things our children need to be taught. Another viewer tweets, being a teen mom myself before it was so-called cool, the show is disappointing, being that young and progress should not be rewarded with a tv show. Very divided. I feel if you watch the show, you see that it is horrible. It is a horrible life. It's very difficult. A dose of reality never hurt anybody. There's that phrase, scared straight. If that's what the show is able to do, there's something good to be said about it.
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