Some people have been critical of the MTV show My Super Sweet 16, which shows the lavish birthday parties of young people from wealthy or privileged backgrounds. These critics are offended by what they perceive as the greediness and egotistical behavior of the birthday boys and girls who are planning to celebrate the party of a lifetime. And they have lambasted their parents for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to make these parties happen. Despite this controversy, countless teenagers and even many adults tune in every week to watch My Super Sweet 16. The program has attracted some of the biggest names in the music industry. Many stars have either performed at My Super Sweet 16 parties or thrown extravagant bashes for their own teens. This books in the MAJOR REALITY SHOWS series describes how the featured teens thrill their friends by inviting them to the lavish shindigs while angering others by leaving them out in the cold. Some participants insist on wearing only the most expensive clothes and jewelry; others receive $100,000 cars as birthday presents. The book also examines a related MTV show, Exiled, on which former sweet 16 celebrants are shipped off to remote parts of the world to learn how those in poor cultures get by and gain an appreciation for all that they have.
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