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By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | January 27, 2009 |


I am having a hard time deciding what I think about MTV’s new show, “How’s Your News?” I don’t regularly watch the MTV, and haven’t really, since Glam died. However, they do have one decent show on the air, “True Life,” though even that has deteriorated in quality recently (they used to have really in-depth documentaries on meth addicts; now it’s on becoming student council president. Blah). Anyway, while watching a recent ep of “True Life,” Mrs. Pajiba-hyphenate ran across an advert for “How’s Your News,” and was fairly appalled. It’s a news interview show, conducted by people with mental disabilities.

I was taken aback as well, though I did a little research and found out that the whole thing was inspired by a series of short films about Camp Jabberwocky, an overnight camp for disabled people. Apparently, Matt Stone and Trey Parker decided to executive produce those short films, and ultimately, this show grew out of it.

The whole idea makes me fairly uncomfortable — like that show on TLC about little people, called “Little People, Big World.” Sure, it does a good job of presenting this family in a very positive light, but it still feels mildly exploitative. Though, I think I’d be a little less leery of “How’s Your News,” if it weren’t airing on MTV. Is that really the right demo for this show? A bunch of dumbass teenagers who, inevitably, will sit around and mock them? Or, maybe I’m being too cynical. Maybe it will bring wider understanding.

I just don’t know. Here, watch the promo for the show, and let me know what you think.



Trailer for “How’s Your News?” Series! from How's Your News? on Vimeo.

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Is MTV Exploiting the Mentally Disabled?

Or Humanizing Them? / Dustin Rowles

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