Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this BET reality show is reminiscent of Laguna Beach and The Hills because it follows a group of mostly privileged teens living in a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles. That means that cast members are shown attending exclusive parties, freely spending their parents' money, and generally embracing a materialistic lifestyle. On the flipside, this show tends to be tamer than its reality cousins, and it makes an effort to examine the realities of class and race. The all-black cast includes teens from a variety of backgrounds, including a boy who "grew up rough" and a girl who lives "in the hood."
Blatant sexuality is scarce, but teens are shown dancing suggestively at clubs and parties.
Words like "damn," "hell," "ass," "pissed," and "screwed" are used, but other profanity is bleeped.
The show as a whole challenges commonly held stereotypes about African Americans, expanding the definition of what it means to be "black." That said, materialism and privilege are major themes.
Materialism and consumerism are recurring themes, and brand names are mentioned frequently, including BMW and Versace. Lots of sports-themed clothes with player names (Michael Jordan) and other logos as well.
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