VIDEO Being Maci reviews — plus, watch the full Being Maci MTV Special
          

Maci Bookout on Being Maci MTV
MTV’s long-anticipated (at least by us!) special Being Maci premiered on Sunday night to largely positive reviews from both loyal Teen Mom fans and casual viewers who happened to catch the show.

The show had a decidedly different vibe than Teen Mom. With still-motion sequences and story lines about the drama between Maci Bookout’s friends, the 40-minute special seemed more like an episode of The Hills than the series that originally made Maci famous.

Another strange difference was that Maci, Ryan and others actually made reference to Teen Mom, which went off the air last fall. (Not that their comments about it was a bad thing! It was actually refreshing for them to address something that has obviously played large roles in their lives.)

Similar to Teen Mom, Being Maci wasn’t without a bit of controversy. Many people disapproved of Maci’s decision to spank Bentley during one scene. The social media protestations were apparently so loud that Maci defended her actions by tweeting, “I got my spanked as a kid for being a brat when i knew better.. so questioning this is questioning my parents and i take offense to that.”

Maci's Son Bentley Now
There was also some questionable editing, particularly when it came to explaining why Ryan’s girlfriend, Dalis, was going out-of-town. (As we learned from catching up with her, Dalis was visiting her ailing mother in California and Ryan cheated on her.)

Even with the differences and controversy considered, it seems thousands of viewers are keeping their fingers crossed Being Maci gets picked up as a full series. In fact, a little Twitter petition we started for it has been retweeted nearly 2,000 times:

The show was also praised by many fans as being a better depiction of teenage motherhood than Teen Mom, which jammed a lot into each episode by keeping track of four different women.

“Finally a young mother kicking a** and taking names,” one person commented on MTV’s website. “This is probably the most raw and real depiction of real life as far shows following mothers and their kids! Kudos MTV and Maci of course!”

Watch the complete MTV special here. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.




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    • LexiconD1

      I didn’t watch this, and I hope we NEVER EVER see Maci again. Hopefully, I’m not alone in this opinion.

      • Kelly

        You’re not alone. I’m so sick of everyone defending every bad decision this girl makes.

      • Bec

        Trust me. You are not alone. I never want to see ANY of these girls unless I run into them at their 5 to 9 jobs

      • Mia

        It didn’t even rank in the Top 100 cable shows of Sunday night so I doubt it gets a series. Pretty pitiful considering you only need about a million viewers and a .4 rating to land in the Top 100 on a Sunday night. Personally I watched the Sox-Yankees game. Now THAT was some real, unedited, raw drama worth watching! It was a great game!

        • BAJG

          So did i! No way was i turning that off after Dempester beaned A-Rod and Girardi was ejected LOL!

      • thetruth

        So so bitter folks here…pathetic

        • LexiconD1

          “Bitter” about what? When I was her age, I did many of those same things…except I had a college degree and no kids. Oh, and I PAID for everything myself, off the job where I earned my money.

          Maci, and frankly people like you, are the ones who are pathetic.

          Good luck in life, you’ll surly need it with your attitude.

    • Amberly

      Actually, most reviews i’ve heard from this show were that they hated it. Only the die hard defend Saint Maci until she’s dead people liked it and want a spinoff. Everyone else (even those who like Maci on Teen Mom) didn’t like the drama with the friends, the partying, the messy house, the keg where Bentley plays, etc and said they wouldn’t watch it. On MTV’s Teen Mom FB page, all the comments were ripping the show and Maci.

    • confused

      awful just awful, how does this girl have fans?

      • maya

        and how you do for living with YOURSELF ?!
        i mean it, it is a legitimate question ‘confused’..really confused indeed..

        • Kieffah’s Hoodie

          I’m more confused about the wording of this comment. What does this mean?

    • Cheryl C

      I watched it, as I love Teen mom, but it wasnt great. It didnt suck either, but I felt like it was REALLY well edited. I dont really care if she gets a show. Her life isnt that interesting. I could care less. I dont mind these little updates once and a while, but I think they really knew how to play the audience watching it. Her and Ryan wont get back together, and it really just shows them being total assholes and screwing up their child.

    • tab

      why does mtv keep rewarding these girls for the bad choices they made? having a baby in high school isn’t something to be proud of or reward.

      • juju

        it is not the end of the world either..move on. eyerolllllllllllllllllllllllll

        • LexiconD1

          Why don’t you? What’s wrong with you, did you stop taking your meds? I’m not joking either. If I can judge someone by their posts alone, you seem mentally disturbed by this thread. Perhaps you should seek help.

          • Sara

            I know right? This is disturbing. Her tongue must be brown by all that asslicking she’s been doing. Stop defending the Teen Moms, juju, because they really don’t give a crap about you. Stop. You’re annoying.

          • meg

            AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jennifer

      I was going to watch but I never did. I’m glad I didn’t. I too am sick of these girls being rewarded for their wrong doings.

      • lisa

        ‘wrong doing’..seriously ? who are you exactly to judge like that..puke.

    • Cheermom_1975

      It felt like an episode of Jersey Shore to me. I would never raise my child in a party house, I mean treehouse- excuse me.

      • Amanda Richard

        I agree, I couldn’t believe ‘responsible maci’ has changed so much. Raising your kid in the party house is totally not. Cool. What happened to her?

        • juju

          i don’t see the problem, she can be a mother and live HER life ! The dog and the house with the white picket fence..ah and the good stable ‘safe’ strong and silent guy who bring the money are not here..my bad..ridiculous these comments..from middle america middle-age ‘soccer moms’..

          • Amanda Richard

            I’m not middle aged, I’m 25. Also, I’m from Canada. AND my child does not play soccer… Good job trying to ‘read’ me though. You don’t have to be middle aged to be responsible.

            • juju

              Well in this case it is EVEN WORSE, at 25 with this middle america soccer mom mentality (by the way it was above all a figure of speech not trying to read you, you are not worthy enough for that..my bad..but..in order to get that..you have to have some skills and brain..), And lecturing, unsulting people about how they should be living their life it is not being ‘responsible’ in my book..thankfully.

              • Amanda Richard

                You are doing the same thing you are upset I did. I judged her actions, and that is what you’re doing to me. Only, i didn’t talk about anyone’s ‘worth’, or make a dozen assumption about anyone based on one thing.

              • Bec

                Uh I think it’s called having a healthy home mentality. I’m macis age and have a 4 yr old son and even I know this

                • juju

                  Because YOU are the all mighty standard for young mothers ?! Seriously..Maci will live her life like she wants like you do for your own, end of story. And Amanda i already did explain to you that it was figure of speech about the ‘middle america soccer mom’ title..otherwise i just respond to your posts i did not make any assumption, as for judging your actions..you did open this ‘game’ with all your UBER judgemental comments about a young woman you know only from an edited 30 min reality tv show on MTV. Think..if you can..

                  • Amanda Richard

                    Are you kidding me? LOL you are the most judgmental person on here.. Many things are a ‘figure of speech,’ but when you direct them at someone, they don’t lose their meaning. DUH! If I said to you, you’re opinion means nothing because your an immature child with no experience with children. And than said, no I wasn’t judging you, it’s a figured speech. It wouldn’t make sense for me to say I wasn’t judging you, would it?

                  • Sara

                    OMG stop kissing Maci’s ass!! Don’t tell me I’m judging you, I’m reading the idiotic comments you’ve written all over the freakin’ page!

                  • meg

                    and you are judging people “worth” after reading one comment. I don’t think you honestly get it that you are no better then any of us(actions speak much louder then words)! and at least we are not being a hypocrite repeatedly on a site you “don’t visit often”

    • Pat Brown

      boring couldn’t watch all of it. Her life is not interesting, neither are her friends, they are going to bars and partying so what? What is interesting about this? It also seems kind of staged too, how could it not be? I don’t think this will be picked up as a show. The story lines would have to be completely made up, because her life is so boring.

    • canadiangirl

      i like her ! she is a really good mom, she disciplines her child and makes sure that he has manners ! yeah her living situation doesnt seem like the greatest but at least she isn’t Farrah and doing porn.

      • S

        She parties all of the time, she talks about going to vegas all of the time, she drinks a lot. is Farrah worse, absolutely but in no way is Maci a good mom, she treats her fathers child like crap. She doesn’t know how to handle a 5 year old and would benefit from parenting classes, good mom? i think not, good moms don’t exploit their kids on tv and act like jerks.

        • S

          childs father*

        • S

          Childs Father*

        • juju

          seriously ?! canadiangirl get some ‘bitter’ managment class..it is PATHETIC
          Nobody is a perfect parent, you are not oor will not be either (or maybe you should not be either right ?)..

          • juju

            Oups canadiangirl my post was adressed to S not you, actually Canadiangirl you seem the only one with some brain here..refreshing.

      • NbrownCh

        I agree whith her being a good mom and they have great parents.. I think shes sneaky and somewhat manipulating

    • S

      I have never liked Maci, I think she is a bad person and so incredibly boring. I only call her a bad person because of all the bs she did on teen mom and how she treated Ryan, because clearly she still had feelings for him. She is always partying and getting pregnant at 16 is nothing to be proud of and the show has done nothing but make girls get pregnant to get on tv and get paid for it. Don’t exploit your child on tv, no one cares about your boring life or your bad parenting techniques, teen moms should be required to take parenting courses.

      • Pat Brown

        agree totally

        • juju

          and totally disagree and i am very glad to disagree with you by the way when i read what garbage you can write on internet and what type of subjects interest you..yuk.

          • Bec

            I know free speech right…yuk!

          • Pat Brown

            you’re a little simpleton, these are boring young woman, that got preggo, and MTV made them famous. They are not on TV because they found a cure for cancer, and dopes like you put beer money in their pockets.

      • juju

        seems YOU care since you comment and know everything about what she did on-screen..

        • meg

          you attacked many people making comments because you didn’t agree with what they had to say, yet you don’t think anyone should say anything other then positive things about maci, YOU ARE A HYPOCRITE.

          • juju

            i don’t think so.. i ‘attack’ like you said (very strong word i would add, i just told it like it is actually..) some posters on this board because their comments are just shallow, judgmental attacks, even insults with no depth or real foundation, it is just not constructive criticism..just major trashy,hateful, bitter, vomiting diatribe.

            • meg

              okay let me start by saying idc how strong of a word YOU think attack is, and secondly let me tell you one of the definitions – “criticize or oppose fiercely and publicly” and you are criticizing and opposing people for THEIR OPINIONS because they are not the same as your own. just look at your many comments, you will realize you are no greater then the ones “attacking” maci in the same manner. The bottom line is why are you responding to literally every poster like its your job to defend a person you never met, im sure your not perfect if you actually signed up for an account we could go back and see that you have probably not always had good or positive comments.

              • juju

                It is not my job..actually i even did admit it is kind of a waste of my time (but i don’t go in every board speaking my mind about all the bashing Maci Bookout from teen mom can receive from anonymous posters or any other reality tv public figures for that matter..it is a first time and maybe a last since i don’t find it really worthy..right now i am not vacation and i have a little time to do nothing..i decided to check out internet, discovered there was some special teen mom tv show featuring the young mother Maci from teen mom first version and then i saw all this hate exploded from some people (internet posters..maybe some same people with a different name i don’t know with internet it is a well known and used trick..) against this young woman..And finally i decided to get things straight about what was said and how i felt about it. Free speech indeed.
                I don’t sign up to an account because i don’t see the point since i go posting on these boards (all this hate bore me after a time) very sporadically.

    • R

      Just wait until he is old enough to choose which parent he wants to live with, because it will not be Maci.

      • NbrownCh

        hopefully its not Ryan.. who was horrible to Dalis while her mom was on her deathbed..

    • DeeDeDee

      I can give you Maci’s life in a nut shell.

      “Ryan, stop partying. You’re not there for Bentley.”
      …Maci lives in a party house and constantly parties.

      “I’m gonna go to college!”
      … drops out of college because it’s too hard.

      Spanks Bentley because he’s a brat… but he’s a brat because she spends no time with him.

      Boom.

      • juju

        how do you know she spend no time with him..?! maybe you are a stalker..call the police ! asap..lmao.

        • DeeDeDee

          It apparently takes a rocket scientist to put two and two together. Because you can have a good relationship with your son and spend tons of time with him when you’re gone for weekends and sometimes a week at a time, partying, and then posting all the pictures on social networking sites.

          • juju

            YOU DON’T KNOW what her schedule is and how much she spend with her child..eyeroll.
            Rocket scientist you are not, that for sure.

            • Kelly

              Considering she broadcasts her life on social media, I would say that DeeDeDee’s assessment is pretty accurate.

              • juju

                Does she broadcast ALL her life ? I don’t think so therefore NO it is not accurate.

                • Kelly

                  For someone who supposedly doesn’t care all that much about her you sure do seem to be getting fired up over these comments.

                  • juju

                    I did explain why Kelly..Majority of these comments make me sick..therefore yep i am ‘fired up’ and i respond !

                    • Kelly

                      The fact of the matter is Maci put her life out there. It’s inevitable that she will be judged. People are allowed to their opinions, and if she has a problem with what people say then perhaps she shouldn’t broadcast her life to the world the way she does.

                      • juju

                        The same way you put your comments on an public internet board so it is inevitable other people can and will express their disagreement over it.

                      • Kelly

                        I never said you couldn’t.

                      • juju

                        good, at least we can agree on something.

    • LindseyS

      Just watched some of it. Its weird how they edited it, its like they are trying to hard to make it hip. They should have kept it in a similar format to Teen Mom. I was going to watch, but there was to much on Sun.

    • CK

      I did watch it, out of curiosity mostly, but I didn’t think it was very flattering to Maci, at all. The spanking I live with (I was spanked), but the partying, and the girlfriends being in the same space as her child just didn’t make sense, or make her out to be a good mother. I thought it felt very forced. Drama between old friends, and new friends, and Maci seeming to be flaming the fire.

      I felt it was very conspicuous that her parents were missing from the special, too. Their absence made it feel like they disagree her new lifestyle, too.

      I don’t think she needs to live at home, since she is older now, but living by herself would be better for her son. It’s very selfish that she expects to have a “normal” early 20-something life with the decisions that she has made. She has a son to look after. Priorities change once you have a child.

    • juju

      I don’t even really care about Maci Bookout and her teen mom show or her new special tv show..i did not watch it yet..(i will), i just enjoy her ok time to time when i watched this mtv teen mom reality tv show..just for entertainment, nothing more nothing less.. But these internet comments on this board are so NASTY i just can’t..People behind their computer who post some bitter, delusional, really really pathetic comments, who judge every moves this girl can make on an edited tv show of maybe 30 minutes..who lecture people they don’t know what’s so ever on how they should LIVE their lives, who insult non stop and write more and more delusional lies about what could happened to these people they watched for maybe 30 minutes once a week or less (with this special it is just a one time episode..yet) make me want to vomit. It actually also make me want to root for Maci..all these haters have this agenda..lol..if not too bad, if yes mission accomplished now i want Maci to have her own tv show and make it a BIG SUCCESS. And i wish for them, haters to have their dumb ass head explosing in unison..ha ha ha.

      • jujulisamaya

        I have this burning feeling that you’re this delusional 14 year old hardcore fan-girl. If our opinions make you want to vomit, then please do so while laying on your back.

        • juju

          Your ‘burning feeling’ is not right oups..and delusional..you speak yourself my dear fellow poster and your little comrades who are coward enough to post insulting posts about reality tv people they will never know or meet on an internet board (boring life)..wake up..And finally you really think your ‘burning feeling’ matter..lmao.. ‘ a delusional 14 year old hardcore fan-girl’..thanks for the good laugh jujulisamaya..i am smart enough not to make DELUSIONAL assumption about who you could be and what years old you could have..not that i care ONE BIT..lol.

          • juju

            ‘speak for yourself’ i meant, my keyboard ate my words..normal, i am not always used to write from a keyboard, i don’t spend all my life behind a computer..unlike other bitter, sad and lonely posters..ha.

            • Truth

              obviously you do live your life on the internet just look at all the comments you’ve left

              • juju

                For once i waste (yep on that we can somewhat agree it is waste) a bit of my time responding to these comments because i have had enough, i already explain it on my longest post.

                • meg

                  okay JUJU YOU posted this “i am smart enough not to make DELUSIONAL assumption about who you could be and what years old you could have..not that i care ONE BIT..lol.” and then in another comment you posted this “ridiculous these comments..from middle america middle-age ‘soccer moms’.” go take your meds, you keep talking in circles..

      • Cheermom_1975

        I hate to jump in, but I must. Everyone that reads these articles on Teen Mom, 16 & P, and any other related show is obviously not going to have the same opinions, like the same girls, & agree with everything these girls do. However, that is one of the greatest things about being an American: free speech and the first amendment. You have your opinion, and others have theirs. I have noticed while others on here are voicing their thoughts on Maci (who chooses to live in the public eye), you are just down right nasty to those that don’t agree with you. You have said the following things: people here are “bitter, sad, lonely, pathetic, dumb, childish, have no skills, no brain, are delusional, have zero self worth, are stalkers, and people’s faces makes you want to laugh”. Yes, even you, Juju, are entitled to your opinions but why become so personal? You were the first to start with personal attacks- even saying Pat B has boring interests and likes boring subjects. For you to know that makes you maybe a stalker. Lastly, if you are going to degrade people, brush up on your grammar & punctuation. PS: Do you live in Canada, have a strong dislike for autistic children, and sent out anonymous letters?

        • Kelly

          Agreed.

        • juju

          First i am not native english therefore that is the reason for my lack or errors in grammar and punctuation..you have your response no need to involve autistic children on that. Secondly these posters started with the personal insults so it is fairgame ! If they don’t like being called out, it is not my problem.

          • Sara

            They started it?! How old are you? 12?!

        • LexiconD1

          YAY! Internet hug!

    • L

      I enjoyed the show, and I’m not a Maci fan. I’d watch it if they made it a series. It was nice to see someone from the real teen mom again…I wish they’d do a special on Amber when she gets out of prison.

      This was by far better than the new batch of teen moms they’re rolling out next week what with the one that’s already been knocked up again before the first show even airs. I know Maci parties and has all sorts of questionable people in and out of Bentley’s life, but at least she hasn’t gotten knocked up again.

    • awoman

      I feel sorry for Dalis. It seems odd that Maci acts like she doesn’t care that Ryan is out on his night, like she is trying to play it cool and make him think that Dalis being upset is ridiculous, when if she was Dalis, she would be freaking out.
      Dalis seemed to have legitimate concerns about the kinds of people Maci is living with, like her sort of 4th roommate who has been arrested who kind of lives on her couch occasionally. She seemed to really have Bentley’s best interests in mind on that and Ryan just brushed her off.

      I think Ryan is more into Maci now because he likes that she is being more irresponsible, since he seems to be rebelling at Dalis’ desire to grow up.
      This was all just a little too shameful. Can Bentley just go live with Dalis or something? Oi.

      • emma

        euh..ok Bentley is fine with HIS PARENTS..crazy nutty Dalis die hard fan..ugh..creepy.

        • Bec

          Can you put together a coherent statement? You crazy nutty maci die hard fan. Maci is a loser when it comes to parenting, she’s rude to Ryan because she’s jealous, and she has really really bad acne ;)

          • juju

            Your insults are so childish and pathetic..acne.. show me your face..i want to laugh !

            • Bec

              The fact that you are practically foaming at themouth over this make you pathetic.

              Judging from your comments you are either young or unintelligent so let me give you some advice,

              People are allowed to have a difference of opinion. Not everyone worships an oily faced partying mom. If this is how you react to ppl disagreeing with you, your gonna have a hard time in life

              • juju

                So now you get really dirty in the personal insult area (far more than me..well good for you i guess..lmao) and think a little about just what you did post..you are entitled to YOUR opinion as am i so if i want i can express my disagreement about your posts, simple as that. And i express it and will do again and again when it please me to do it,

        • awoman

          I said Dalis seemed reasonable. I made the comment about Bentley going with Dalis, not because I thought that was a thing that could happen, but because of my desire to see him in a situation with reasonable adults who put his interests before their own.

      • emma

        what are you talking about..first Maci AND Ryan have the freaking right to go out with their friends, secondly Dalis is nobody to Bentley, she certainly is the last person who should tell what to do or not to do concerning Bentley.. he has his parents and seems pretty happy with them raising him and these parents have their OWN parents, Dalis nice as she could be (you don’t know her..creepy) has no business in this parenting situation..she was just a girlfriend for pete’s sake !

        • awoman

          I said Dalis seemed reasonable. I made the comment about Bentley going with Dalis, not because I thought that was a thing that could happen, but because of my desire to see him in a situation with reasonable adults who put his interests before their own.

      • meg

        i dont feel bad for dalis, the way she was talking about ryan like he was just “ryan from teen mom” and not an actual person was concerning, and then she was trying anything just to make maci look bad to ryan becasue she knew ryan has feelings. shes no better then anyone else, her concern was just her insecuities.i agree maci is way more irresponsible then she apeared in the past, however dalis seemed like ryans “fan girl”

    • teaser

      I loved it and hope it will become a series. A lot of haters out there.

      • amberc88

        me too :)

    • Jenn

      Love Maci but this glamorized the teen pregnancy. I wanted to be her! Living with her girlfriends in a house they call “the tree house”, going to school (LOVE college!), good relationship with baby daddy, partying on the weekends…..she’s living the dream! NO money issues! Things worked out well for her because of the show and for Bentley’s sake, that’s good. However, they need to do a special on a different person from 16 and pregnant, who wasn’t on Teen Mom, so people can see what getting pregnant at 16 is really like. Maci is not a normal case

      • juju

        That i can agree, fair comment and opinion.
        Maci is a situation but there is certainly totally different type of context and situation for some other young women with children.

    • Ash

      What was so wrong with Bentley getting a spanking? She didn’t do it in public, she went into the bathroom, closed the stall and then spanked him. Most the time you see parents dragging their kids around the grocery store and yelling in their face. She did it the respectful way. And Its only a “party house” when Bentley isn’t there. AFTER he went to Ryan’s they played beer pong. And be mad at Ryan for leaving him with his parents. Don’t bash Maci for raising her child and having fun when he is with his father.

      • kc

        You do raise a few good points..

    • Stephy

      I watched it, and I did like it, I think maci is a good mom, I dont like Ryan much but he seems like a nice dad to Bentley.

    • Kelly

      The comments are more entertaining than the special was.

    • Tamara Stefanakos

      I want more! I want more! I’d love to watch a Being Maci series

    • Sara

      Haha I’m sure Farrah is pissed right now!

    • SecretAgent

      Agreed. Not a fan myself but watch with the wife . I think she’s doing pretty damn good considering . I was her age once and partied hard. . Bentley seems like a great kid and she has done something right . Last time I checked partying isn’t a crime . If Bentley was negativity influenced from it you would be able to notice . She juggles it all. These shows were to bring awareness to what life is like if you get pregnant at 16. I think this was more of a representation then any other show on MTV . Honestly this kind of negative talk on here is all the more reason for a series .. Negative press is still press . I honestly don’t care but thought a lot of comments on here were childish and ignorant .. Yep name calling. Had to respond . At least maci had the balls to put it all out on tv for everyone to see . Now I’m rooting for her just to spite the haters .

    • nessa

      I watched this I am a teenage mother N I love this maci was always my favorite! !!! I can see it maci and ryan need to be together they love another and they need to be together! !! I love this show hope it stays! !

    • KP

      You people have waay too much time on your hands ranting about a girl on TV. The fact that you’re here tells me you are all interested in her life. Again, bitching about someone you have never met.
      I bet the majority of you all still live with your parents and man the fry stations at McDonalds.

    • Angela

      It’s not like she’s partying while her son is there. Shes 21. She is allowed to live her life still. She still takes Bentley to school & encourages him to do the best he can. Its not like her partying is getting in the way of his education. Im not a die hard maci fan or anything either but just because she doesnt sit at home reading books while Bentley is at his dads doesnt make Maci a bad mom. We all do stuff others dont agree with. No ones perfect!

    • Aqua

      Why do you all try to talk to each other like dogs whats wrong with just having a discussion. Besides there is obviously only one that can judge and im pretty sure that its meant to stay that way and i believe he does not like to see his children talk that way to each other especially judging one of his kids who isnt even in the conversation whats wrong with leaving her alone. Besides it seems that bently isnt hurt and his mom and dad makes him happy. I know this is supposed to be opinions of the show but it doesnt give anyone the right to judge someones life especially when you cant really know what goes on in someones life. You dont know if theres medical stress or family stress along with college stress and of course having a kid is some stress but also a blessing, no one really know what happens but maci.

    • HailleyRC

      It’s ridiculous to see how negative people can be. If you don’t like her then don’t watch. You’re putting way to much energy into something you don’t care about. Everyone is allowed to live their life and now she has to be judged by so many hateful people. She’s allowed to live her life, so you go live yours.

 

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