It seems that Dakota Meyers and Bristol Palin’s experience joining the cast of Teen Mom OG has not been what either of them expected as Bristol is now joining her ex-husband in trashing MTV and show producers for how she has been portrayed on the show.
Bristol’s frustrated message came via Instagram in a caption for a Christmas picture of her, son Tripp, and daughters Sailor and Atlee. “If I cared what people thought of me, I wouldn’t be here today – let’s be real,” Bristol begins. “I’ve stood strong and held it down for my kids since day one. No matter how bad @teenmom tries to portray my ‘life’ — my babies, my family, my close friends — they know the TRUTH. I’m a pretty great mom, work my ass off, show up, and hustle everyday to give my kids a pretty great life.”
Bristol then shares a common complaint among reality stars — namely that show producers aren’t interested in showing all of the day-to-day positive aspects of the cast members’ lives. “@mtv doesn’t want to talk about faith, show work ethic, or juggling three kids alone, they don’t want to show the humble process of starting over after a divorce, building a career, or any real life issues,” Bristol argues. “All they want with my little segment each week is some fake fill-in Farrah Abraham/Jerry Springer BS, and it’s simply not true.”
So what about the scenes that viewers have seen this season? “Don’t get me wrong — I’ve said some mean things and learned a lot the last several months,” Bristol admits, “but the life I’ve built for my kids is NOT sitting around talking about baby daddy drama.”
Bristol’s disgruntlement has apparently been growing all season, and with just one more episode left, she reached a breaking point. “Every week is a continued disappointment with their inaccuracies and false narratives,” she says. “I hate getting all emo on you guys but I’ve kept quiet for too long about it. Don’t believe everything you see on TV.”
The 28-year-old reality star’s statement comes exactly one week after her ex-husband Dakota Meyer offered up a similar sentiment on Twitter as he accused MTV’s parent company Viacom of turning Teen Mom OG into a “trailer trash Real Housewives:”
I completely understand that Bristol and Dakota are upset over feeling as though they were portrayed in a less than favorable light, but I’m not sure what they expected? Did they not watch the last couple seasons of Teen Mom OG? To be honest, I thought their segments this season were the most interesting of all the couples. And even though there wasn’t as much emphasis as Bristol apparently hoped for, I definitely saw “work ethic,” “juggling three kids alone,” and “the humble process of starting over after a divorce” as part of her story.
Regardless, it certainly appears as though Bristol and Dakota will be one and done as far as Teen Mom OG goes. There have been rumors of a spin-off ever since it was first announced that they would be joining the cast, so perhaps the couple has another reality show project lined up that will allow them more input on editing?
Speaking of a potential new TV project, would you tune in to see a Bristol Palin spin-off series with more of an emphasis on her faith, work, and being a singe mom of three, and less of an emphasis on her relationships with exes Dakota and Levi?
Another seemingly pertinent question is whether or not this will be the last season for Teen Mom OG. The ratings for the show have been on a fairly steady decline for years, and the injection of “new blood” with Bristol Palin and Cheyenne Floyd didn’t seem to provide much of a boost. Plus, judging from previews for next week’s season finale, it looks like Amber Portwood may have had enough of the show. Oh, and Catelynn and Tyler are seemingly headed for a split as well. I’d say that the chances of another season — at least one that looks a lot like it does now cast-wise — are not looking great.
Asa Hawks is a writer and editor for Starcasm. You can contact Asa via Twitter, Facebook, or email at starcasmtips(at)yahoo.com