A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a new show that MTV is currently casting for called Model Makers. The show basically is about turning ordinary girls into high fashion models through lots of diet and exercise. I am completely opposed to this new show and am working with the Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) letter writer campaign against MTV and Viacom to stop this show from ever airing.
Many of you were very outraged by the new show as well, and I would like to encourage you to please express your outrage by writing a letter to MTV expressing your concerns. I found a dynamite sample letter written by Darryl Roberts, the director of America the Beautiful (the documentary that I wrote a review for a while back). You can find Darryl’s full letter here.
Here is a sample of his letter just to give you an idea:
I remember when you used to be a music video network. That was a long time ago. Sometime since then you morphed into a “reality” television network. In fact, you started reality television with the Real World. Somewhere along the line (probably the Flavor Flav dating show The Flavor of Love) you began to delve into Surreality television. But now you have gone too far. With your new program Model Makers you are looking to actually create a new reality. A reality that is dangerous and destructive to the young minds of your target demographic. While trying to cash in on America’s impressionable youth, you are edging closer and closer to absolute moral and ethical bankruptcy.
Let’s take a close look at Model Makers. This is not just another modeling show interested in pretty faces and young women in turmoil. Yeah, you’ve definitely kept the “young women in turmoil” part, but you are also imparting a more direct and nefarious message: Transform young women into “high fashion” models by urging them at all times to lose weight.
You want reality MTV? Let’s take a sobering look at the reality of eating disorders in America. It is estimated that there are 1.3 million women with Anorexia Nervosa, 2.25 million women with Bulimia nervosa, and 5.25 million women with Binge Eating Disorder. If you don’t have a calculator handy (I’m assuming you shipped those out with all of the videos you got rid of) I’ll go ahead and provide the running tally — Well over 8 million women in the United States suffer from an eating disorder.”
So please get involved! Our efforts might really make a difference here. I am going to work on my letter this week and post it when it’s done. Please send all letters to email@example.com
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