Thanks MTV, Shain Gandee’s Family Can’t Afford Funeral

By Michael April 02, 2013 @ 1:24 PM

Anyone who has seen Buckwild knows that that Shain Gandee loved him some muddin’. Laugh if you want but there is honestly nothing to do in rural West Virginia other than…well…drink beer, blow stuff up, and drive in the mud. If his death wasn’t sad enough, his family is reporting that they can’t afford to bury this redneck prince. I know what you’re thinking: “Bullshit! He was famous and on TV!” Yes, but he was on MTV. This channel is notorious for making its reality stars famous but not rich in their first season. (Snookie worked her first season on Jersey Shore for $800 and a case of pube lice shampoo.)

The dirt poor kids of Buckwild were reportedly paid 1,000 per episode which means that for the 12 episode season they made 12k gross. Seeing as the average funeral nowadays costs 10k you can see the problem. MTV exploits the poor and the stupid for their own profit margins and grudgingly pays up. If they could pay them in Natural Light and Marlboro Reds they would. The family is having a “mud run” which is a race in the mud I guess, to raise money to bury Shain. MTV should fucking pay for his funeral. It’s the least they can do for the shit-ton of money they are going to make using his death to boost ratings.

What’s mudding like in Buckwild’s hometown of Sissonville? Here’s a primer.

Buckwild Star Shain Gandee Died the Way He Lived

By Lex April 01, 2013 @ 5:05 PM

It’s sad when any young guy who seemingly isn’t such a bad guy dies. Sure, we could blame MTV, but they didn’t invent stupidity, they only foster it, highlight it, and make tons of money from exploiting it. Like the good and decent country folk of Buckwild who like most MTV reality shows seem destined for trouble. Or in the case of Shain Gandee, death. In the latest update, it looks like Shain, his uncle, and another dude died in Shain’s ’84 Bronco from carbon monoxide poisoning because the car was running with the tailpipe stuck in deep mud. I wouldn’t even think of shit like that. I’m a city mouse. But that sounds fucked up even for a country mouse. Nobody should die from being stuck in the mud.