Kim Kardashian doesn't think teen pregnancy should become a trend. Seems like a pretty noncontroversial stance, right?
Send in the Teen Moms!
After seeing a "sad and disturbing" report on Today about a high school in Memphis, Tenn., that counted 90 students who were pregnant or had given birth in the past year, the E! star took to her blog and Twitter Wednesday to tell her fans that getting pregnant at a young age is not something to aspire to.
"It seems that shows like Teen Mom are all of a sudden making teen pregnancy seem cool in the eyes of young girls," she wrote on Celebuzz. "The kids from these shows are all over the news, even on the covers of magazines, and have been become almost like celebrities, but girls, these are not people you should idolize!"
So, what do Teen Mom's Amber Portwood and Teen Mom 2's Jenelle Evans have to say about that?
"There's actually a study that shows since the original 16 and Pregnant aired, the number of teen pregnancies have gone down," Portwood exclusively tells E! News.
"Last time I checked, Kim Kardashian had a sex tape floating around on the internet and I'm pretty sure she made a lot of money off of it," says the mother of 2-year-old Leah. "She made a sex tape when she was younger and she wants to bash the girls on Teen Mom? If you read the articles about the show, they do nothing but talk about how the show reveals how hard it is for all of us. It doesn't glamorize anything! It shows the heartache we've all gone through.
"We may be 'celebrities' because our face is out there, but it's only because we've done some bad things. That's not glamorous."
Well, the paycheck is a little glamorous...
"When I think back to when I was 16, there is no way I would even have considered having a baby," Kim continued in her blog. "That thought wouldn't even have entered my head. Having a baby is one one of the biggest, and most life-changing decisions a person can make and while I'm not saying that no teen is in the position to raise a child, having a baby so young shouldn't be seen as the trendy thing to do."
Jenelle, whose temper tantrums have taken center stage on Teen Mom 2 and whose legal problems are already providing supplementary off-camera drama, wasn't quite as eloquent as Amber was. But it doesn't sound like she's interested in Kim's thoughts on the subject, either.
"I want to say, s--t happens," Jenelle says.
(Originally published Jan. 19, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. PT)