West Virginia not so wild about MTV’s ‘Buckwild’

MTV has ordered 12 episodes of a docu-series that will follow the lives of recent high school graduates from West Virginia to be called Buckwild. While you may think that folks would get excited to hear that MTV would be featuring their state you’d be wrong on this one.

According to TV Guide Buckwild will have elements of the show Jackass as the, “budding adults take part in regional pastimes like mud racing, squirrel hunting and rope swinging.”

MTV programming head David Janollori said of the show’s soon-to-be stars:

“They are definitely authentic with a capital ‘A. These kids have the same kind of issues and goals and desires as we all do. They all want to find true love or have families. They just live in a world that’s really different that many of us live in.”

MTV added in another statement to The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University’s official student publication, that:

“The series is really about following a group of friends in West Virginia and exploring their own personal stories as they navigate life post-high school. Everyone has been great, and we’re excited to have this dynamic group of friends’ stories evolve over the course of the series.”

As I mentioned not everyone is excited about the prospect of the show in the Mountaineer state. Many proud residents are worried that the show will only further rural Appalachia negative stereotypes including illiteracy, drug abuse and unnecessary violence. Most have singled out the cult hit documentary The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia when stating this position. This film was put together by the folks from Jackass and followed the infamous White family from Boone County who are notorious for their outlaw ways.

Here’s a trailer of the film that would be a direct example of what many don’t want representing their state.

In fact, the state of West Virginia has denied a tax credit for the show out of fear that it will depict their home in a negative light. Via the L.A. Times:

But the West Virginia Film Office was not impressed and twice turned down the show’s application for incentives over concerns the series will negatively portray the state. West Virginia offers tax credits of up to 31%. But in order to qualify, a production has to meet specific content criteria set forth by the state legislature. The denial came to light last month when MTV announced the new series.

“It [the production] can’t portray West Virginia in a significantly derogatory manner,” said West Virginia Film Office Director Pam Haynes, acknowledging that what is deemed “significantly derogatory” is subjective and decided by a six-member panel.

This came after New Jersey governor Chris Christie revoked a $420,000 tax credit for Jersey Shore because the show, as he wrote in his veto letter, “perpetuated misconceptions about New Jersey.”

Buckwild is set to begin filming in the spring with a likely airing on TV for late Summer.

So what’s your opinion? If you’re from West Virgina are you cringing at the thought of the premise of this show or are you more like, whatever? Personally, I live in Florida which is the only state to have its own tag on Fark because of the amount of “interesting” stories that that seem to bubble to the surface. I think I’d enjoy a show about folks like Carter “Coonskin Cap” Johnson but hey man that’s just me.

Of course MTV already has one mega-reality-star from W.V. in the form of Teen Mom Leah Messer.

If anybody has info on the casting, drop us a line in the comments section below.

  • Kris

    ok, this is odd. I am from WV and most of my family live there still. I don’t get how people are upset about this. You could have young adults that grew up/live in LA and the show still be called Buck Wild. It doesnt matter where you live at.

  • Erica

    What a crock…

    First I’d like to point out that it’s the “Mountain State,” not
    “the Mountaineer state.”

    Second, I live in WV and most people’s pastimes are not “mud racing, squirrel hunting and rope swinging.” That’s just some crap MTV made up.

  • Wow

    Seriously? MTV really thinks this isnt making fun of West Virginians. Everyone already perceives us badly and this is just going to make it worse.

    To Kris: People are upset because it just makes us look bad. It doesnt matter if they went to LA or any other place with the concept – other areas dont get negative reactions or perceptions from outsiders.

    MTV just needs to take their filming elsewhere. We dont want them!

  • D

    I actually wrote a paper on the negative stereotyping of Appalachia. The culture that so many people downgrade is actually very rich and vibrant. Usually lack of education is simply because teachers and faculty treat those students differently because of preconceived ideas, only helping to compound the problem in the process. I wish they’d leave these poor people alone. They’ve been shoved into the spotlight to be ridiculed too often.

  • G

    I’m from West Virginia and I’m not looking forward to this show. I mean, the title of it says it all! You know WV is not going to be portrayed in a positive light with a title like Buck Wild. Yes, there are some West Virginians who hunt, ride 4-wheelers, etc. but they don’t do it all of the time and more people DON’T do those things in excess than what I am sure the show is going to portray. They are going to cast the most outrageous people/acts they can find, which is not going to be truly representative of WV at all.

    I don’t think all people from New Jersey are like those on the Jersey Shore though. So, hopefully people won’t think all West Virginians are “buck wild.”

  • orillori

    I am from WV and I think the biggest issue is how these kids are portrayed. WV can be very different depending on what area of the state you are in. The things they listed are things that people do here (as well as in other states, I might add) but if they make us look to be a bunch of uneducated lawless hicks shame on them. People here do hunt and go mudding but they also go to college, hold down good jobs, raise families, go to church, serve in the military, and do lots of other very honorable things. If the dual aspect of our lives is portrayed I have no issue, if it’s just a show about a bunch of high teenagers causing mayhem then I will take issue. I don’t want WV experiencing what Jersey has gone through do to a show that highlights one very small segment of a population.

  • Lee

    All I can say is that documentary “the wild and wonderful whites of WV” seriously gave me nightmares!!!! They were crazy but I know Leah (from WV) isn’t like that and most ppl can seperate the difference but I understand why you wouldn’t want ppl who act insane to be sold as From WV.

  • Kayla

    I am from Boone County, WV, I don’t really think we should all be judged by what the Whites did or do. If thats their lifestyle so be it, not everyone acts that way, as for the drugs & partying, it doesn’t only happen here, its everywhere! I don’t think the show makes us look bad, we are not the ones in it, so how could it be US!! besides its just teens living life to the fullest!