Week 2: MTV still isn’t re-airing ‘No Easy Decision’ abortion special

In case you didn’t see my post from last week, MTV aired a special called “No Easy Decision” that documented 16 and Pregnant teen mom Markai through her decision to have an abortion, also interviewing two other young women at the end of the special who also had abortions. It was 30 minutes long, aired at 11:30 p.m., and aired once — its premiere — and not again during the next week. UPDATE: It’s not airing again this week, either.

I cannot reiterate enough how annoying this is, and how it’s obviously symbolic of how MTV (and many other people) feels about discussing abortion. Let’s just sweep it under the rug, because if we start talking about it too much then things will get heated. MTV was preeminently sweeping it under the rug, as it wasn’t even promoting the special before it aired (the link unfortunately underplays the lack of publicity and airtime).

Don’t get me wrong, I am glad the special exists at all — but I can’t wrap my head around why MTV went to the trouble of making such a groundbreaking special if it isn’t going to promote it, air it more than once, give it a prime time slot, or offer more than 30 minutes for the entire story to be told. Did it instinctively know that the opportunity to document someone’s decision to have an abortion was too important and relevant to pass up, but get cold feet when it had to face the possible wrath from advertisers and anti-abortion activists?

It simply continues to boggle my mind. There’s even a comment on the MTV community feedback website asking MTV to “please remove this show from your programming” (posted 15 hours ago, as of this blog post) — oddly enough, this viewer’s wish was granted long before the special premiered, as it wasn’t scheduled to be in MTV’s programming for very long at all.

This commenter likely didn’t even watch the special, as she complains that it glamorizes abortion — yeah, it looked like Markai was having a really great time deciding whether to have an abortion. It’s called “No Easy Decision” for a reason: it doesn’t glamorize abortion, but rather details how difficult of a decision it is. Maybe if anti-abortion activists actually watched the special, they’d learn something. Too bad they have to seek it out online to actually see it.

To watch the special online, go here. If you want to let MTV know how you feel about the lack of reruns, try Twitter: @MTV, with the hashtag #noeasydecision.

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2 Responses to “Week 2: MTV still isn’t re-airing ‘No Easy Decision’ abortion special”

  1. dude Says:

    groundbreaking special? come on. Has MTV ever done anything groundbreaking? besides MTV doesn’t make decisions about what they put on their station based upon how they feel about the ethics surrounding the subject matter. They will air whatever sells the most ad space. A re-run of jersey shore can sell more ad space so that is probably what they aired. I’m sure they will be happy to air the episode if you personally pay them for the ad space. besides that show is more about being a teenager and having a kid more than it is about being a teenager and being pregnant. so being a teenager and no longer being pregnant doesn’t really reach the same target audience as the previous two. logically they have common ground and interest but financially they are probably pretty far apart.

    • cathyjwilson Says:

      How is a special that documents someone’s decision about abortion not groundbreaking? It’s such a taboo topic — especially considering Markai did choose to get an abortion — that isn’t shown in this format on mainstream media channels like MTV.

      I see what you’re saying about ad space, but come on — you’re telling me reruns of “My Life as Liz,” (which aired last week) are more lucrative than a special about abortion, which focuses on a character from the immensely popular 16 and Pregnant? Doubtful.

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