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First of all, the science just isn't there to truly decipher the addictive value of Molly, or MDMA, yet. This street drug is widely known for its chemical impurities, often being a random mix of meth, baking soda, and a bunch of other compounds that have too many letters to even tell apart. That being said, it is likely that this show will spotlight those MDMA users who, actually, aren't even taking real MDMA. Maybe the network should put its wide reach of audience to a good use and make a show focusing on drug facts and safety, instead of giving further attention to the misconstrued nature of MDMA and its often times misinformed users.
Secondly, we all know the media loves Molly and its controversial storyline, but is MTV really going to try to make a profit out of this in order to better "connect" with its target demographic? FYI MTV execs, you're a little late on hopping on the MDMA craze, which really started heating up last year when two teens lost their lives at Electric Zoo from apparent overdose (of a mix of various compounds and metholone, a drug often confused for MDMA and sold as its identical twin), and has since simmered down a little. Of course the problem still exists and will continue to unless drug safety education better emerges, but why glorify that which we already know is wrong and validate the negative stereotype of EDM fans?
My advice to MTV is to really think about the value of this show and how its going to affect molly users, not just network revenue. It's likely that this show will be a joke to many of them, as some may critisize its lack of scientific backing and others might view it as a dramatized and unfair portrayal of its casual users. In other words, let's stop making capital off what we know kids want to hear and instead educate them and provide safe options for them before they get to the point where they're auditioning for "True Life" I'm Addicting to Molly (and whatever other crap is in this pill)"
Look below for the official casting call that MTV posted:
TRUE LIFE: I’M ADDICTED TO MOLLY
Do you take Molly — the powdered form of MDMA — so often that it feels like you can’t have a good time without it? Is it affecting your ability to function during the day? Is your Molly use no longer confined to the occasional party and starting to become more serious?
If you appear between the ages of 18-28 and think you are addicted to Molly, we want to hear your story. Email us at email@example.com. Please be sure to include your name, location, telephone number, a recent photo and a brief description of your situation
-Steph D'Agostini (@stefdaggg)
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