Over its nearly ten years on the air, the Teen Mom franchise has seen many of its stars branch out to side projects with appearances on shows like Marriage Boot Camp or Big Brother. It is not uncommon for the girls to do other reality shows when they are taking a break from filming Teen Mom, so when Maci Bookout announced she was going to be part of another show it wasn’t a big surprise.
But, when fans found out what show she was going to be on, many slammed her for being a hypocrite. Is Bookout’s upcoming appearance on a celebrity edition of Naked & Afraid just as bad as Farrah Abraham doing porn?
Back when Teen Mom OG took a break while Amber Portwood was in prison, it eventually returned to the air with a twist: MTV would be following three moms instead of four because the network had decided to cut ties with Abraham because she had just released her first adult video.
But the network quickly realized after just a few episodes that Abraham was too important to cut out of the show entirely, so they brought her back, and Bookout lost it.
At first, she threatened to quit the show and then refused to let her son, Bentley, film any scenes because she didn’t want him appearing on the same show as an adult actress. Eventually, she lifted the rule, but she made it crystal clear to everyone that she did not approve of Abraham’s career choice.
Now, Abraham finds Bookout’s choice to get naked on TV quite hypocritical.
“The irony of this is hilarious,” Farrah said in a statement to The Ashley. “Hopefully she has fun on her pornographic show; [it] sounds tragic.”
Many fans agree, with some writing on Twitter that they have lost respect for Bookout after she banned Bentley from filming and gave Abraham “s**t,” only to get naked on TV herself.
Before she left to shoot Naked & Afraid, Bookout spent a lot of time training for the show, and she didn’t get any special treatment except for being able to bring a few extra personal items with her.
— #TeenMomOG (@TeenMom) March 11, 2018
But instead of Bookout being worried about Bentley and his classmates talking about his mom being naked on TV, the worry is whether she can survive the experience. The 9-year-old isn’t confident that this mom will make it and says it’s “scary” to think of her doing the challenging show where a team of one man and one woman must pair up to survive 21 days in the wilderness.
Bookout assured her son she can do it, even if her partner taps out, promising that she can survive without a man.
The Discovery Channel has not released the air date of Maci Bookout’s Naked & Afraid episode, but new episodes of Teen Mom OG air Monday nights on MTV.