A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Misleading connection between being a fan and finding a boyfriend/girlfriend, focus on dating someone with the right look.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Contestants use sexuality when performing.
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Products & Purchases
Contestants perform songs of current pop faves whose albums are on sale.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this after-school reality program has teens searching for a look-alike/act-alike of their favorite celebrity. Contestants transform themselves to fit the celebrity mold and win a date. Contestants use sexuality to gain attention and when they perform -- one teen claimed she was Avril Lavigne "plus a cup size" while another pointed out her "white girl booty" that was reminiscent of Kelly Clarkson.
Is It Any Good?
My Own takes celebrity worship to a new low. Not only does it emphasize the importance of appearance, but it goes a step farther and rewards those who happen to resemble someone famous. This is a damaging message to tweens and teens, who are forming their identity and ideas about how dating works -- they're already under enough pressure to look good, but now they need to look like a celebrity too? What ever happened to individuality? The show also offers the confusing idea that the best way to show you're a fan is to date someone who reminds you of your idol...huh?
Aside from the dubious messages it sends, My Own is simply boring. The songs and pop stars have been seen on MTV videos, celebrity magazines, and award shows plenty of times. This show seems like a tired attempt to revive some stars (Justin Timberlake for example) who have since moved on in their career. If teens have a favorite idol, encourage them to take up a similar hobby -- singing, dancing, or playing a musical instrument. It's fine to admire a pop star, but dating someone just because they look like one is just silly.
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