Oct. 20, 2010 at 9:43 AM ET
You may remember some spirited debate here on TODAY Moms several weeks back when we speculated whether “Teen Mom” was glamorizing teenage pregnancy. Given that the young cast of the MTV’s hit reality TV series have become regular fixtures on the covers of weekly glossy magazines, it was a fair question to pose, and one that sparked many dissenting opinions.
Today, however, the “Teen Mom” story has taken a new turn. Cast member Amber Portwood is currently under investigation for domestic violence after the show aired footage of the young mother repeatedly assaulting her now ex-fiance. More worryingly, these physical confrontations took place in front of their daughter. Watch the video for more details.
Regardless of this troubling development, MTV is soldiering on the with series. In another new development, there are reports that the network has another spin-off series in the works. The machine behind these young mothers' celebrity shows no sign of slowing down.
In the wake of these events, have your impressions of the “Teen Mom” phenomenon changed? Do you believe the series and its young stars are sending a positive message? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.