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Local people react to MTV's "Buckwild"

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13News showed people in Sissonville the trailer to MTV's newest reality show. These people watched how the station portrays their hometown. At first, they just watched. But then the words started flowing.

"Ridiculous."

"Exciting."

"Disturbing."

"Silly."

"Embarrassment.

The show, Buckwild, will air January 3, filling the time slot for MTV's hit show, Jersey Shore, which is in its final season. It follows a group of nine friends who live in Sissonville and Charleston.

"It looks like watching a bad train wreck," said Philip Johnson, who works in Sissonville.

"What I seen of it was alright, except the licking and the drinking," said Dennis Parsons, a Sissonville native.

Even the CEO of the Convention & Visitors Bureau had something to say.

"Unfortunate," Alisa Bailey said. "I, for one will not watch the show, and I encourage others not to watch the show or buy the products endorsed on the show."

Bailey said she believes the show will negatively impact the number of tourists who visit West Virginia. The state's film office denied tax credits to the show because it claimed Buckwild promotes negative stereotypes about the area.

The show's executive producer, J.P. Williams, actually hails from West Virginia. And some who grew up in Sissonville said producers hit the nail on the head.

"Everything they done there, we were doing growing up as kids," Parsons said.

"I think it's gonna be alright for West Virginia," said Parsons' wife, Stephanie. "It shows what normal kids do in West Virginia."

The trailer depicts the young adults riding ATVs, drinking, and rolling in the mud, among other activities. In one scene, one girl licks another boy's bare chest.

13News met up with a crew in Sissonville that repairs cell phone towers and generators. They all said this reality show exposes everything but reality.

"There's decent, hardworking people here just like anywhere else in the state," said Sissonville resident Joey Harper.

And the people who spent their entire lives in this community have something to say to the show's creators:

"I'd say keep rolling. That's exciting to watch," Johnson said.

"I would tell them they're out to make other cities look bad," said Marissa Fisher, a freshman at Sissonville High School. "Everybody's gonna think we're white trash because that's exactly how we're portrayed in the show."