MTV cut ties with Teen Mom star Taylor Selfridge after racially insensitive tweets resurfaced and canceled her special with boyfriend, Cory Wharton.
MTV has cut ties with Teen Mom star, Taylor Selfridge, after past racially insensitive tweets resurfaced. A special with Selfridge and her boyfriend, Cory Wharton, Teen Mom OG At Home: Cory & Taylor’s Baby Special, has been pulled from the air.
Selfridge had tweeted a comment that many found insensitive and racist. In the tweet, she claimed she would sometimes not speak to black people because they “scare me.” In an episode of Teen Mom OG, she apologized for the comments to Wharton’s ex-girlfriend, Cheyenne Floyd. In the conversation, she explained how she thought it was just a joke at the time but now sees how it’s not funny. Selfridge’s racially insensitive comments didn’t stop with those tweets.
In an episode of her podcast in March 2017 she addressed the #OscarsSoWhite campaign and claimed black people were demanding special treatment. She attributed their lack of nominations to their lack of “acting ability.” The news comes after a series of reality TV stars are being fired for racially insensitive comments. Vanderpump Rules stars Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute were fired for the same reason, one day before Selfridge’s firing. People broke the news of Selfridge’s departure in an exclusive story. In a statement to People regarding the tweets, MTV said, “MTV strongly condemns systemic racism and stands with those raising their voices against injustice.”
In an Instagram post, Selfridge addressed her departure from the show. She explained how she made the decision not to film the next season of Teen Mom OG because she felt the reality TV lifestyle didn’t serve her anymore. She said she no longer has respect for reality TV because of current events and who they “selectively” apply their rules to. She said, “I have addressed my mistakes many times on the network and I would like to move on and continue to be the best version of myself. My past does not define who I am today and I hope you guys can see the change.” She concluded the post, “Please respect my decision to provide a normal, healthy life for my family.”
The cancellation was likely a disappointment to Wharton. Hours before the special was set to air, he expressed his excitement over the special. It was composed of entirely self-recorded footage and depicted the birth of their daughter during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wharton said viewers were getting an insight into “the most special day of my life.” It’s unfortunate Wharton was unable to share the moment with viewers but based on the lack of understanding Selfridge displayed in her comment, she does not understand why her comments are problematic or the legacy of systemic racism she’s perpetuating.