• MTV’s Ex on the Beach Shoves Sex at Kids

    by  • May 1, 2018 • Cable Choice, Misrated, Sex • 3 Comments


    What’s worse than an MTV reality series? An MTV reality series starring stars of other reality series.

    MTV is no stranger to the so-called “reality TV” format. For over 25 years (and 31 seasons), the teen-targeted network has shown endless iterations of its program The Real World, in which teens from diverse backgrounds move into a house together. Infamous for the teen protagonists’ non-stop drinking, profanity, sex, and occasional slap-fights, The Real World set the model for MTV’s “reality” shows, like Jersey Shore and its spin-off Snooki and Jwoww.

    But now, even MTV has outdone itself. Not content to settle for a cast of nobodies acting obnoxiously, the network’s newest show Ex on the Beach features “stars” from other reality shows acting even more obnoxiously. In the course of just the first episode, the unlucky viewer experiences dialogue like:

    • Angela: “I’m ready to get laid.”
    • Faith: “He has no condom on, and I’m on my back, and my legs are up in the air.”
    • Taylor: “I like a bad boy. Which is probably why I like, have a trail of douchebags just following behind me.”
    • Victoria: “Angela and T barely even met each other, they’re like, ‘What’s your name? Oh, okay we’re gonna go have sex right now.’”
    • Chase: “Look at me. How could you not wanna (bleeped f**k) me? Even *I* wanna (bleeped f**k) me!”

    And then there is the veritable torrent of profanity that pours forth from the cast members’ gutter-like lips:

    • Angela: “We’re all gonna be fighting over (bleeped s**t).”
    • Chase: “I’ve been a (bleeped f**k) boy.”
    • Pauli: “I am charming, mildly attractive, great (bleeped d**k).”
    • Lexi: “You should’ve (bleeped f**king) had the balls to call me.”

    Naturally, within the space of the first episode, these total strangers are shown making out having sex in bed together…and that’s even before their exes show up. (As per the premise of this sleazy show, each cast member tries to start a romance with their new housemates, only for a former lover to show up and disrupt things.)

    If Ex on the Beach holds to the standard MTV pattern, there will be screeching, slap-filled catfights, drunkenness, non-stop profanity, and constant references to (and scenes of) cast members’ bodies and sexual actions.

    Naturally, MTV rates all this as TV-14, suitable for young teens…in the full awareness that, despite its rating, children as young as seven or eight are likely watching with their older brothers and sisters.




    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    3 Responses to MTV’s Ex on the Beach Shoves Sex at Kids

    1. Maddox Cox
      May 2, 2018 at 7:42 am

      lol so true

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        May 7, 2018 at 9:44 am


        The First Amendment reads:

        “CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW respecting an establishment of religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging freedom of speech; or of the press; or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and petition their government for a redress of grievances.”

        It is a long-standing principle of law that the First Amendment applies only to *government.* Government cannot restrict your speech (except within certain narrow limits); but you have no “right” to post offensive commentary on someone else’s blog, any more than the First Amendment gives you the “right” to barge into someone else’s living room and scream profanity at them. Nor is it a restriction on First Amendment rights for television networks or stations to refuse to air certain programs, radio stations to refuse to play certain songs, et cetera. Those are private businesses, and the First Amendment also grants them the right to NOT have to air other peoples’ speech. We are not restricting your speech or denying you your rights simply by refusing to use our blog to allow you to spew your hate.

        It is clear from your previous postings that you have no serious intention of engaging in actual discussion. You just want to be insulting. You can think and say whatever you want, but the PTC is under no obligation to give you a forum.

    2. Shinji
      May 1, 2018 at 5:20 pm

      You guys hit the nail on the head with this one. This is bad, even by reality show standards. This is a remake of a UK reality show by the same name, where the swearing wasn’t bleeped but the cast was a lot less obnoxious. Also, the show has to only be broadcast after 9pm there due to the strong language, while MTV in the US will play their version all day.

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