For those of you who “pop Molly” like a child does M&Ms on the day after Halloween, MTV has just the opportunity for you to share your story! The network’s True Life series put out a casting call for an episode of “I’m Addicted To Molly,” hoping to draw from the experiences of individuals who use the drug to the point where it is “no longer confined to the occasional party.”
So, if you find that your breakfast regularly consists of Molly Rancheros, or you’re beginning to realize that you pop more Molly than you do your own pimples, this might the perfect opportunity to claim your 15 minutes of fame. Just keep in mind, however, that this is also another gloriously destructive move by MTV to further misguide a massive audience they have so much influence over.
Although True Life: I’m Addicted To Molly seems relevant to contemporary pop culture, this isn’t the first time the series focuses on the club drug. In 2000, MTV aired True Life: I’m On Ecstasy with the narrator introducing the drug as having never “been more popular” as it was at the time of the episode’s debut. One can only assume that this substance has reached unimaginable heights of admiration now, as the network decided to create an identically themed episode – this time strapping it with an even more jarring title.
The change in focus from Ecstasy to Molly arguably sheds light on the evolution of rave culture into that of an EDM scene. For both episodes, MTV could have used the name of the actual chemical assumed to be the principal component of these products – MDMA; but alas, where’s the fun in that? MTV is simply keeping up with the times. Where Ecstasy was inextricably connected with raving, the concept of Molly is one that has become inseparable from the pop culture’s image of EDM. Unfortunately, this correlation is only going to become stronger with the airing of this episode, since True Life is a show that exists to put specific, extreme profiles on a pedestal.
Instead of fishing for the next addict to exploit on national television, MTV would better serve their audience by highlighting the efforts of risk management programs meant to prevent people from being stars of I’m Addicted To Molly. DanceSafe, for example, is an organization “promoting health and safety within the electronic music community." Additionally, artists like Bassnectar and Pretty Lights have their own public health initiatives (the AmBASSadors and Illuminators, respectively) that not only promote safe concert-going practices, but also encourage positive ideals that have sustained the dance scene since its inception.
Despite lacking the shock power of watching an amphetamine-riddled skeleton stumble about life incoherently for half an hour, exposing the impact of these risk management programs might actually encourage MTV’s audience to dabble in the dance scene for the right reason: the music. After all, it’s the reason that MTV was created.
Written by Anita Obasi
The casting call for True Life: I’m Addicted To Molly can be found here: http://remotecontrol.mtv.com/casting-calls/true-life-casting-calls/