As I mentioned earlier, Maci has not been shy about her love for alcohol, and I got some mixed feedback from it so I wanted to clear up some things.
Before I begin, I’m not against drinking. 21 year olds drink, that’s what they do, that’s what I did, that’s what everyone not named Mitt Romney does (joke there). That’s why the typical reaction I got has been “Well, she’s just doing what any 21 year old does”, which is true, but there is a problem with that logic. Maci is not any 21 year old, she is the most popular girl from a show that was supposed to create awareness about teen pregnancy. She has also taken on the role of “Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy Prevention Advocate” as she boasts on twitter, and tours schools to talk about teenage pregnancy.
Not only did Maci assume a ‘role model’ position by on the original 16 & Pregnant, but her work after Teen Mom continues to keep her in the spotlight. She has 1.1 million followers on twitter which is more than 2x Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas (ie, a more positive role model). If the demographics on my facebook page are any indication, I’m going to assume a massive amount of that 1.1 million are girls between the ages of 16-24.
Why does it matter? Well, not to sound preachy, but one of the leading causes of teenage pregnancy is underage drinking. Some 16 year old girl who happens to idolize Maci (for some reason) watching her twitter feed will see image after image of Maci’s latest round of drinks. That girl is not going to think to herself “Wow, I can’t wait until I’m of legal age to be cool like Maci and go out drinking!”
Ugh, re-reading this makes me sound so old, conservative and uptight. I’m not. Like I said above, I fully expect college kids who have no real responsibilities to be partying away. While it’s a bit concerning how much Maci pounds them back considering she’s a parent, that’s also not my major issue. My issue is the fact that for one reason or another, Maci has been put into a role model position, and she’s doing an absolute shit job at it.
While some may also question why I am dumping on Maci while other Teen Moms are also bad. Don’t worry, I call them out when they do or say stupid stuff as well. Amber and Jenelle are horrific role models and I hope no young girl looks up to either, Chelsea looks pathetic chasing after a guy who basically mentally abuses her, and Kailyn.. well, Kailyn has her issues but she’s not too bad. The only real positive role models to come out of the show is the couple that are not even raising a child of their own, Catelynn and Tyler.
This would be more of a positive message than anything Maci or many other Teen Moms have tweeted about recently…