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'Red Eye' Compares 'Teen Mom' to Panhadling Technique of 'Crippling' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 30th 2010 9:05PM
Does the MTV reality show 'Teen Mom,' and the hype surrounding it, suggest to teenage girls that what would otherwise be an unwanted pregnancy can now lead to fame and fortune?

The folks on 'Red Eye' (weekdays, 3AM ET on Fox News) seem to think that it does, with panelist and author Dana Vachon going as far to compare 'Teen Mom' to the barbaric practice of crippling:

"I was in Cairo recently, there's an industry there called crippling," Vachon explained. "These guys are cripplers, and if you are really poor, they'll break your legs in some bizarre way so that you can make a living panhandling. ('Teen Mom') is like the First World American equivalent of crippling."

Are Vachon's remarks just hyperbolic and harsh or does he have a point?

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