Rosie O'Donnell: Teen Mom Sends Positive Message

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Teen Mom has plenty of critics. Rosie O'Donnell? Not one of them.

At the Sundance Film Fest in Park City, Utah, the mom of four said that she and her teenage daughter recently checked out the controversial MTV hit.

"I have to say it's interesting," O'Donnell said, explaining a personal reason for tuning in. "My daughter is 13. I watch with her. I think the fantasy for adopted children is to have a baby of their own, then keep it, which their mother did not."

Rosie O'Donnell, left, and Teen Mom star/defender Farrah Abraham.

Added the comic: "The rate of teenage pregnancy is up, so when my daughter saw that [Teen Mom 2] was on the air, I said 'Well, let's watch it.'"

"At the end of almost every episode the mothers say they wish they used protection or waited, 'My whole life is over,' or 'I can't live this way.'"

"I think that sends out a positive message."

Cast member Farrah Abraham, who has defended the show publicly, would surely agree with Rosie's perspective, but clearly not everyone does.

Her opinion wasn't shared by Kim Kardashian, who ripped the MTV hit last week, saying it makes pregnancy look cool and glorifies the stars.

O'Donnell did sort of agree there: "I do feel sad that some of these girls are getting pregnant in an effort to get on TV ... That's a little tragic."

Our staff has debated this at length, but we ask you again to weigh in and tell us: Does Teen Mom glorify teen pregnancy?


That constipated comedian shares a lot in common with Kim Kardashian. Both of them are attention-hungry whores who don't know what they're talking about. First O'Donnell says that Teen Mom is swell than "I do feel sad that some of these girls are getting pregnant in an effort to get on TV than." O'Donnell should stick to whining about how Barbara Walters ruin her life.


Rosie has no idea what she is talking about (as usual). It's easy to sit in your mansion and judge from afar but what about the "normal" taxpayer that will eventually have to pay for all of these teen mom hopefuls kids? In my opinion, this show sends zero positive message to kids. How exactly is watching white trash morons argue with each other for 30 minutes a positive message?


I can't answer yes or no. I think it all depends on the person watching it. The girls on the show are becoming like celebrities being in the media like they are and I think that sends a message to other girls that if you get pregnant young then you'll be in the spot light and can be on tv. It also shows how these girl's lives have changed forever b/c now they have this tiny human to provide for... and that, my friends, is not an easy task for anyone, let alone a teenager who hasn't grown up themselves. Just say'n.

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