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Video: West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin Protests MTV Reality Series 'Buckwild'

| by Michael Allen

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is upset over MTV’s new reality show, 'Buckwild,' which will follow a group of wild nine 20-somethings living in and around Sissonville, West Virginia.

Sen. Manchin has only seen previews for the show (video below), but that was enough for him to send a letter to MTV President Stephen Friedman, reports the Washington Post.

Sen. Manchin wrote: “As a U.S. Senator, I am repulsed at this business venture, where some Americans are making money off of the poor decisions of our youth. I cannot imagine that anyone who loves this country would feel proud profiting off of ‘Buckwild.’”

“Instead of showcasing the beauty of our people and our state, you preyed on young people, coaxed them into displaying shameful behavior, and now you are profiting from it. That is just wrong.”

Sen. Manchin told the Washington Post: "I have no problem with people in this country trying to earn a profit, but I would ask them: Would they do this to their own children, in their own neighborhood, in their own home state?"

“This show plays to ugly, inaccurate stereotypes about the people of West Virginia. Let me tell you: People have given their all for this great country. They’ve done the heavy lifting to produce the energy that is needed to produce the steel that builds our factories and cities. The proud veterans of our state have shed more blood and made more sacrifices than most other states to keep America free.”

MTV declined to comment on the letter, but said that 'Buckwild' is slated to run for 12 episodes beginning in January.