Jenelle Evans & Leah Messer: Teen Mom 2 Producer Responds to Stars' Allegations of Fakery

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If you watch Teen Mom 2 online, you know that the young mothers who star on the show aren't always portrayed in the most flattering light.

The Cast of Teen Mom 2 Photo

Some of the ladies have publicly bitten the hand that feeds them, so to speak, with their outspoken criticism in recent weeks.

Both Jenelle Evans and Leah Messer ripped the network and producers for portraying them as negligent, irresponsible, or otherwise unfit parents. 

Back in March, Leah Messer slammed Teen Mom 2 after she was shown seemingly rushing her daughters off to school without breakfast.

Just this week, Jenelle Evans threatened to quit over a scene in which her boyfriend, David Eason, referred to her 6-year-old son as a "bitch." 

(We're not sure how she can blame that one on editing, but it's best not to try and understand Jenelle Evans' reasoning in general.)

But it's not just the Carolina Hurricanes and Hot Messers of the world who have been critical of the show and its creators.

Viewers have frequently taken to social media to demand the show's cancelation on entirely different grounds.

Critics say it sends bad example to young mothers, encourages self-destructive behavior in its stars, or damages the lives of their young kids.

It's worth noting, however, that statistics don't necessarily corroborate this.

In fact, teen pregnancy has dramatically declined in the years since 16 and Pregnant (Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2's precursor) debuted.

Many attribute this in part to the popularity of the Teen Mom franchise ... which may be a reach, but so is blaming societal ills on the show.

In any case, fed up with the criticism he receives from all sides, longtime TM2 producer Morgan J. Freeman (the "J" is crucial) is firing back.

He vented his frustrations on Twitter today.

"Sometimes having more eyes on a situation is inherently safer than none," Freeman tweeted, apparently addressing critical viewers.

"Do your homework. You are the eyes. this is the process ... I can't make people do what I'd prefer they do. Can you?"

Freeman then took down both hate-watchers and the Teen Mom stars themselves by reminding everyone of the role of documentary.

Reality television crews, he says, are in place to observe and document what they see, not to intervene or skew perception:

"We document what is happening," he wrote.

"We are not parents. We are not police. We do open up powerful discourse about many many things. That is good."

It's an important reminder to both the stars of the show and the folks who are disgusted by their behavior that no one is responsible for what Leah and Jenelle do - except for Leah and Jenelle.

As always, you can watch Teen Mom 2 online to decide for yourself if this is innocuous entertainment, a force for good, or a cancer on society.

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