Who’s Your Mama? MTV’s TRUELIFE Adoption Drama
I could not let this Fourth of July holiday weekend slip by without a mention of MTV’s new TRUELIFE drama entitled “I’m Placing my Baby for Adoption!” Thanks to the NCFA announcement supporting the show, I’m happy to bring this tidbit to a much wider audience.
According to the NCFA email I received last month (there is no mention of the show on the NCFA website):
The National Council For Adoption is lending a helping hand to the producers of an adoption documentary for the successful and popular MTV’s True Life series.
The adoption documentary will follow three or four young unwed birthmothers on video as they go through difficult and emotional decisions in developing adoption plans for their babies.
According to the show’s producers, the goals of the True Life adoption documentary are “to help de-stigmatize the adoption process and to show that adoption is a choice that loving, responsible mothers make when they believe it’s best for their child. We also hope to express the range of emotions birthmothers feel as they go through this process.”
These goals coincide with the mission of NCFA’s new iChooseAdoption public awareness campaign to “create a more pro-adoption culture in which everyone, including women facing unplanned pregnancies, can consider adoption freely without fear, bias, or misunderstanding” and to “promote a culture that respects and appreciates birthmothers, honors their decision-making process, and supports their choice of adoption.”
According to MTV’s casting call flyer (there’s no mention of a casting couch or, for that matter, birth fathers):
Our goal — as with all episodes of “True Life” — is to help MTV’s young
audience understand why so many young women make the choice to
place their babies for adoption, and to help de-stigmatize this choice. We
will treat the young women who participate in this documentary with
respect, dignity and empathy.
Not to worry folks, according to MTV, “True Life is not a reality show. Our producers follow strict ethical guidelines and carefully avoid influencing our subjects’ stories. It is also not a news show – there is no host, reporter, or narrator. We allow our subjects to tell their own stories in their own voices.”
Now I’d like YOU to give me YOUR reaction in your own voice. Who’s Your Mama?