‘Buckwild’ show halts production amid scandals

By Kevin Bartelt

Students’ new favorite reality show, “Buckwild,” has had to halt production for the second season after one of its stars was found dead on Monday.

Shain Gandee, 21, died of carbon monoxide poisoning with his uncle and another man. Officials reported Gandee and his uncle missing on Sunday.

According to TheClicker.Today.com, Gandee and his uncle “were said to have been last seen at a Sissonville, W.Va., bar around 3 a.m., before they planned to go four-wheeling.”Contrary to popular belief, officials have said the deaths were not due to foul play. The cause of death is carbon monoxide poisoning: The tailpipe of the car may have been submerged in the mud while the men were four-wheeling.

MTV is suspending production of the show’s second season. “Buckwild” has been on TV for a year but recently has received a poor reputation. According to WVGazzette.com, “Sen. Joe Manchin, D.W.Va., sent a letter to the president of MTV last month, asking that the show be cancelled.”

John Kerkhoff tweeted: “I think Congress is more representative of the country’s population than ‘Buckwild’ is of W.Va.”

Kerkhoff addresses something thought by many locals of West Virginia: The show is misrepresenting the state. This is similar to how “Jersey Shore” created the stereotype that Jersey Shore, N.J., is a crazy party state. In addition to the death of Gandee, two months ago cast member Salwa Amin was arrested for possession with intent to deliver.

Although millions of Americans (including myself) enjoy “Buckwild,” the choices made by cast members like Amin are negatively affecting the show. Hopefully, “Buckwild” can continue to make us laugh in the second season without any more life-altering choices made by the cast members or any more tragic accidents happening.