The feud between Kailyn Lowry and Briana DeJesus is one of the most intense in the history of the Teen Mom franchise.
And every time we think the co-stars have decided to ease up on each other, one of them talks some random trash and kicks off the whole thing all over again.
This time, Kail was the instigator, and she basically left Briana with no choice but to shoot back.
Both ladies dragged the other one’s baby daddies into the debate, and the whole thing escalated with record speed.
Needless to say, it’s been entertaining as hell, and it’s almost certainly not over.
Here’s a quick recap of everything that’s happened so far:
1. The Forever Feud
2. Father’s Day Drama
4. She Knew What She Was Doing
5. Speaking of Baby Daddies
6. Rallying the Troops
The girls from Teen Mom are good at many things.
They’re good at creating reality show magic, and they’re good at writing memoirs.
Some of them have even tried to start music careers, and while none of those were actually good … well, it was nice that they tried.
But we can probably all agree that the area where the Teen Moms really excel is the baby-making area.
Because they have so. Many. Babies.
1. Sophia (Farrah Abraham and Derek Underwood)
2. Leah (Amber Portwood and Gary Shirley)
3. James (Amber Portwood and Andrew Glennon)
4. Emilee (Gary and Kristina Shirley)
5. Carly (Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra)
6. Nova (Catelynn and Tyler)
The relationship between Kailyn Lowry and Chris Lopez …
Where do we even start?
It’s not good, it’s never been good, and there have been times when it was an absolute disaster.
But now, in a leaked Instagram message allegedly from Kailyn herself, we’re learning a little more about the dynamic between them.
And it’s worse than we ever thought.
1. What a Story
2. A Look Back
5. Oh No
6. Breaking Up?
Last week, Kailyn Lowry deleted her Twitter as fans called for her to be fired for appalling racism after an older Teen Mom 2 clip resurfaced.
Now, MTV is forcing all of its stars to undergo social media “background checks” … or risk being fired.
A troubling video has resurfaced in which Kailyn Lowry uses a racist dogwhistle when describing her own son, Isaac.
“When he goes over there, you have him dress a certain way; you have him look a certain way; you have his hair cut a certain way,” Kail told Jo.
“And,” she says while confronting her baby daddy, “that’s not who he is.”
“I think you forget about the fact that he’s half-white and he’s half-Hispanic,” Kailyn reminded him.
“I feel like you dress him in a stereotypical way,” Kailyn accused Jo, “and I don’t like it.”
“I don’t understand what your description of how I dress him is,” Jo protested.
“You dress him like a thug!” Kail exclaimed.
Infamously, thug has become almost exclusively used against men of color, often said with a venomous tone. Fans are horrified.
“Bahahahahahaha ok, I’m not racist,” Kailyn declared on Twitter at the time.
Saying that you’re not racist is one thing, but laughing off a serious accusation is … not great.
Kail added at the time: “Gotta make good TV somehow!”
Is that good television? Is the secret ingredient racism?
At the time, Toni Ziegler told The Ashley that despite her social media claims, Kailyn wished that she had spoken differently.
“Kail does regret saying that,” she affirmed.
Toni explained that Kailyn regretted saying it “because she wants Isaac to embrace both of his cultures.”
“But,” she stressed, “it didn’t go down quite how it’s being shown.”
“She was wrong to say it, for sure,” Toni agreed.
“But,” she explained, “she was upset that Jo tries to change Isaac’s life and look so much whenever he goes over there.”
“Plus, a lot of the time Jo just does it because he knows it makes Kail mad,” Toni accused.
She characterized: “He likes to push her buttons.”
Right now, millions of Americans are courageously march in protest of racism and escalating police violence from coast to coast.
It is a time of reckoning for many racist individuals and institutions, from lethal police policies to widely criticized shows like Cops.
So it is no surprise that, this time, Kail’s clip is getting more attention on social media than it has in the past.
People are more aware and motivated now than ever before of how horrific the impact of racism can be.
So why are people calling for Kailyn, in particular, to be fired?
It’s not just that she used an infamous racist dogwhistle … it’s that she used it to refer to her own son.
Kailyn, they note, has multiple biracial children, and should be the absolute last person to use harmful language like that.
Sadly, having friends, partners, and children of color does not prevent a person from being racist.
The Ashley reports that, on Thursday and Friday of last week, the Teen Mom cast members received some news.
They were informed that they must now undergo background checks and complete reviews of their social media accounts.
A third party media company will conduct this review of all accounts, past and present, spanning the past 10 years.
This applies to the titular moms, but also to other cast members such as the dads.
“The cast members were informed that they have to fill out a complete background check,” a production source reveals.
“They were told if they don’t complete the background check, or refuse,” the insider shares, “they may not be allowed to appear on the [next] season of the show.”
“Some cast members were freaking out,” the source characterizes.
“And,” the insider continues, they were “saying it’s unfair to subject them to such intense scrutiny, after being with the show for 10 years.”
“The [producers] were being pretty cryptic, too,” the source describes.
“And,” the insider added, producers “would not tell the cast what the company is looking for.”
Apparently they were not sharing that “or what happens if something that’s ‘problematic’ is found during the search.”
Of course, it is unknown if producers are receiving the same treatment. They may simply not know.
“It’s ridiculous,” a production source complained.
“[Viacom] already has Season 10 [of ‘Teen Mom 2’] in the can,” the insider notes.
“So,” the source griped, “to try to do this now is dumb.”
Is it dumb to do due diligence for people who are paid massive sums of money to appear on people’s TV screens?
“They are just trying to get ahead of any possible ‘problems’ fans will dig up on social media and they’ll have to deal with,” the source notes.
“They have not been told what happens exactly if something ‘bad’ is found,” the insider shares.
“So,” the source explains, “everyone is going through their stuff with a fine-tooth comb right now.”
Well, that is good advice for anyone, right?
Sometimes, people can feel that the search for “bad takes” goes too far. Sometimes, that can be true.
After all, we can all learn and grow as people. There are things that someone could tweet in 2012 that they would never repeat in 2020.
But some things transcend that. Some things aren’t bad jokes or ignorant takes, but appalling and racist no matter when they were said.
It is not unreasonable for a company to hold public figures to a higher standard — especially when that company wants to avoid boycotts.
People have been talking about racism a lot lately, for obvious reasons.
In the celebrity gossip realm, some of this discussion has involved bringing up old incidences of racism from famous people.
And because of that, some of those famous people have been seeing some consequences for their words and actions.
Everybody saw the controversy with Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules, which saw four cast members fired just this month.
MTV, a network never known for being too selective as far as who it casts on reality shows, has had a rough few weeks too.
Dee Nguyen was fired from The Challenge and Taylor Selfridge, of The Challenge as well as Teen Mom, also got the chop.
Where will it stop? Has the carnage just begun at these networks?
Some people think MTV should get rid of some other Teen Mom stars as well, and Kailyn Lowry is high on that list.
Kailyn’s history of racism or at least racially insensitive comments has become a hot topic on the Internet these days.
And it looks like one of her co-stars and rivals, Briana DeJesus, has a thing or two to say about Lowry and her fate.
Let’s get into it, shall we?
1. Mortal Enemies
2. This Guy
4. Throwing Down
5. Hold Up Though
Over the course of June 2020, many reality stars have been called out for racially insensitive comments or actions.
Some have lost their jobs. Others have been spared by the court of public opinion after issuing heartfelt apologies.
Or at least apologies that passed as heartfelt, and perhaps actions that were long enough or innocent enough ago.
But it’s a fine line, to be sure, and the latest to find herself in hot water with her own fan base is Kailyn Lowry.
As has often been the case in recent weeks, Lowry is in trouble for comments she made quite some time ago.
Kail’s remarks, like many others across the TV world, have been reevaluated online in light of recent of events.
Will she save her job by saying the right things – or make the situation worse with her efforts to make it go away?
What did she say and when, and what actually happened compared to some of the rumors online? You be the judge:
2. In Deep
4. Angry Bri
5. Beloved By Her Bosses?
6. The Aftermath
If you’re a fan of Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2, then you know that many of the people on the MTV reality shows have tattoos.
You also know that a lot of the tattoos …
… well, they aren’t that great.
Some are poorly done, some are kind of strange, and some are nightmarish and horrifying and just so completely, unbelievably bad.
So steady yourself, perhaps grab some smelling salts and some pearls to clutch, and let’s rank all the Teen Mom ink we can get our eyes on!
1. Amber’s Tattoo of Leah
3. Speaking of Embarrassing …
5. Why Though?
6. It’s Gary Time
Even Kailyn Lowry’s harshest critics should keep one thing in mind: at least she’s better that Jenelle Evans.
But she is still getting bombarded with questions about her fourth pregnancy, And folks, Kail has had enough.
Taking to TikTok as she has before, Kailyn Lowry is using social media to express her deep frustrations with fan questions.
“Why 4 kids?” one quoted fan question asks.
Another question pops up, reading: “Do you know what birth control is?”
The first could be read as innocuous but blunt. The second is a confrontational question.
“Are you gonna try for a girl?” another question reads.
Notably, Kail has sort of addressed this, saying that she would do gender selection for baby #5.
Another asks: “Do you want [any more]?”
That seems to be up in the air, given Kail’s current life situation and relationship status.
“Aren’t you tired?” another fan asks.
We can only assume that the answer to this question is yes.
“Will you have another baby dad?” reads another commonly asked fan question.
So many questions, and so little tact.
“I don’t know,” Kail repeatedly mouths as the music plays in the TikTok video.
The music is incorrectly listed on TikTok as “original sound.”
The song is actually “Steppin'” by Supa Dupa Humble Feat. Mills Supreme.
If you don’t recognize music yourself, you can always check to make sure that you’re giving credit where credit is due.
Then comes Kailyn’s reply to the constant life-choices-shaming and mom-shaming that she receives.
“I don’t ask y’all to babysit,” Kail points out.
“So,” she demands, “mind your business.”
It’s true that Kailyn is a public figure, but there are lines that should not be crossed, right?
First of all, whether Kailyn does or does not opt to build a tiny human being in her uterus and then yeet it out is entirely up to her.
Her body, her choice extends to having kids just as much as it extends to not having kids.
While some fan questions are to be expected, people need to keep in mind that it’s not up to them.
It’s not up to fans, it’s not up to her existing baby daddies. It’s Kail’s call.
That doesn’t mean that fans can’t ask questions, of course.
Some of the more well-meaing queries have seemed to revolve around Kail’s choice in baby daddy.
Chris Lopez is, to put it bluntly, not a good dude.
Fans hate to see Kail further cement her ties to this man, and they feel that her future child deserves a better father.
But even the most well-meaning questions and suggestions in the world aren’t likely to do much.
Kail has made it extremely clear that she is not going to change her entire life to please fans.
That means that harassing her will not accomplish anything other than add to her stress.
Do we need to be piling onto a pregnant woman’s mentions with harsh words? Probably not.
If you have a bone to pick with Kailyn, you could talk with other fans about her alarming anti-vaxx stance.
While her first two children were lucky enough to get proper medical care, Lux has not been so lucky.
We can only hope that she will come around and follow the advice of doctors.
Lux and Baby #4 shouldn’t have to wait until they’re teens and can sneak off to a clinic for vaccinations, as some teens have done.