MTV: Destroying the Rain Forest in Reality?


MTV may be on a "Green Crusade" but for one piece of Panama's rain forest, actions speak louder than words. After filming the latest Road Rules/Real World Challenge, MTV took trashy TV to a new level, turning part of a rain forest into a garbage dump.

MTV's green offenses include: clearing a large section of rain forest for the set, trashing a pristine beach, disturbing an off-limits bird sanctuary island, and leaving behind large amounts of trash and debris.

While one part of MTV pushes the importance of environmentalism, the network sends a different message on and off screen. Shows like My Super Sweet Sixteen, which glamorize big cars and excesses in contradiction to a green lifestyle, add to the somewhat hypocritical approach also demonstrated by the rain forest damage.

If MTV can't clean up its own mess, how will it motivate others to take care of the Earth, too?

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