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Laguna Beach meets the real OC

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 8th 2006 6:01PM
Laguna BeachThe New York Times is reporting that the real life Laguna Beach High PTA has its panties in a twist over the popular MTV reality series depicting the lives of seven of its students. Let's keep in mind that the seven students in question and their parents gave permission to MTV to film their lives in their private homes. MTV was going to shoot footage at the school for the show's pilot episode, but was shut down by parents then.

Some Laguna High parents are blaming the show for increasing drug use among fifth graders and for attracting sexual predators to the area. Voice of reason Captain Danell Adams of the police department called the notion of more sexual predators coming to the area because of MTV a "crock." "MySpace is much more of problem than MTV."

If I were a Laguna High parent, I could see being appalled by the behavior and lifestyles of the kids on MTV, but only because of what it might say about my own parenting skills or, say, me. These apples can't fall that far from the tree. And, let's see, The Real World debuted fourteen years ago. Apparently everyone, but the parents of Laguna High, understand that reality television is about as close to reality as professional wrestling and K-Fed's hip-hop credibility.

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LB isn't the same as last year, true, but it has its own charm. I'd really like to see it go four more years, then look in on each group/season and update us on what they're doing. I also love LC's "The Hills" and would like to see a spin-off for each season of LB. I'm definitely hooked!

November 10 2006 at 10:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hate when I make typos-please substitute "believe" for "beleive" to above.

November 09 2006 at 7:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The show is so bad this season, I don't think the parents have much to worry about anymore. I can't beleive anyone is watching!

November 09 2006 at 7:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I used to live in Laguna Beach and it's funny that LB parents blame MTV for their kids drug use. LB is a very upscale liberal bedroom community of L.A. As in all similar upscale communities (e.g. Long Island's "Gold Coast" towns) kids have money. All those communities have "drug problems" amongst the youth because those kids grow up in communities where drugs are not seen as "sinful" in the way middle america sees drugs and the parents are less strict with their kids general upbringing. Since drugs are common amongst pretty much all high schools and high school age kids, it only stands to reason that the younger kids with the most access to money and less strict parents will be most likely to start with drugs earlier then kids without money.

November 08 2006 at 6:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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