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4 Ways MTV Can Use Popular Shows To Inspire Social Change

No matter how much time goes by certain things seem to remain the same. For example, adults in their early-to-mid-twenties enjoy being nostalgic about their teen years and everyone, no matter how old you are, tries to avoid dealing with major social issues until we’re forced to pay attention.

“Jackass” star Steve-O’s latest stunt to protest the popular whale hospice, SeaWorld, made me think about how MTV can use its ever-lasting popularity as a way to spread awareness on important issues. Since social problems can have a major impact on all of humanity, they should be addressed by the network that gave humanity a major problem, like The Jersey Shore (on a side note, some problems turn out to be blessings in disguise. Thank you, MTV).

Think of this as kind of a community service. The following are four ways MTV can re-brand some of its best content to use our love for nostalgia to make the world a better place.

1.) Jackass- The widely popular television show turned box-office juggernaut is rumored to have a fourth movie being released in the next couple years. Why not take a page out of Steve-O’s book and have the gang perform stunts related to the world’s biggest problems? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, Jackass4Change.

Stunts would include dangerous activities like Johnny Knoxville and Bam Margera traveling to the North Pole. While there, the two challenge each other to a classic game of “Who Can Drink More Of The Other’s Urine.” At one point, Knoxville runs out of water and is no longer able to pee. Ever the fierce competitor, Bam Margera gives Johnny the last of his water supply. The two then embark on a quest to find water the other can turn into urine, before the polar ice caps melt.

Be sure to stick around after the credits to see Phil and April Margera’s top five recycling tips.

2.) Guy Code/Girl Code- Once a month, these shows should come together and replace their popular cast of talented comedians with male and female lawyers. The hour-long special will consist of the female attorneys constantly saying “No,” while male attorneys take turns saying, “Ay, my bad, I’m sorry.”

3.) TRL- In this reboot, Carson Daly would return to the show that made him a household name. To make the show more socially conscious, it’ll be renamed Total Racist Live. This time around, instead of counting down the country’s hottest boy bands and premiering the latest Limp Bizkit video, Americans will get to vote on the country’s worst racists.

Each day, a white supremacist, creepy lone white male, or police officer will be invited to the studio to seek forgiveness for their terrible mistakes by performing a live version of their hot new apology. Gone are the days of high-energy, screaming tween fans in Times Square, they will be replaced by a mix of non-violent and violent protestors. If America doesn’t accept the racist’s apology, said racist must spend the next 24 hours locked in a room, alone with Marilyn Manson.

4.) Beavis, Butt-Head & Bernie Sanders- While he’s making waves with his grassroots movement, it has been difficult for Bernie Sanders to get as much media attention as Hillary Clinton. That’ll all change with this new weekly animated series. It’ll follow Beavis & Butt-Head as Bernie hires them to manage his campaign. The two accomplish nothing after googling Rick Santorum and finding out the new meaning for his last name.

In order to get the guys back on track, Sanders moves in with them. After a few days on the couch, Sanders contemplates giving up his presidential dreams to pursue his true passion, critiquing Madonna videos, until he’s rescued by friends and family. Sanders ultimately fires Beavis & Butt-Head, after Beavis changes his campaign slogan to “I am the great Bernholio! I should see a doctor.”