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Amber Portwood, Teen Mom star, sentenced to prison. Are you sad?

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(Read caption) Amber Portwood, the Teen Mom star, was sentenced to prison on a drug charge. drug Troubled moms, elevated to celebrity – like Octomom Nadya Suleman (pictured here in May 2012) who is considering stripping for money – have become parodies of our greatest social problems.

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Ok, so am I the only one here who thinks the rapt media attention this week on some of pop culture’s most troubled moms is....  well.... sad?

I don’t mean sad as in “pathetic,” although one could certainly make that argument, too. I’m thinking “sad” here as in heartaching. 

I'm not trying to be preachy. But really, let’s take a look at some of the news that’s come out this week about Teen Mom reality star Amber Portwood and “Octomom” Nadya Suleman – moms who pretty clearly fit that “troubled” category.

Yesterday, a judge ordered that Ms. Portwood, who starred in the MTV reality television shows “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant," serve a five year sentence for a felony drug charge. (Her sentence had been suspended on condition of finishing drug rehab, but she dropped out of the program.) Prosecutors say the now 22-year-old mother was arrested on May 24 after she failed and lied about a urine test.

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