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A Double Shot at Love
See Ya Tila, MTV's New Dating Show
Promises to be Twice as Sexy

An article from David R. Smith at TheSource4YM.com
12/5/2008

What's more marketable than one bisexual hottie being groped by both genders on a reality dating show?

You guessed it: two bisexual hotties.

And that's what A Double Shot at Love will offer viewers when it premiers Dec. 9th at 10:00pm on your kids’ favorite channel, MTV.

Meet the “Ikki Twins”
MTV’s latest show in their hit series A Shot at Love (which formerly starred Tila Tequila) will introduce young viewers to Vikki and Rikki, a set of identical blonde twins…who just happen to be bisexual.

Before MTV got hold of them, the girls worked as Hooters’ waitresses, and were also models for Playboy. (Their web site’s bio page lists the other places where they can be seen wearing very little or nothing at all.)

These two girls will give “12 sexy lesbians and 12 hot straight guys” a shot at love with them on the show. Not only do the twins hope to find love, but also “double” the pleasure for their viewers with a show that promises to be “twice as fun and twice as sexy.”

Vikki and Rikki, the self-professed “hottest twins in the world” go by their nickname “the Ikki twins.” According to Fast & Sexy Magazine (I’m sure this magazine resides on your coffee table), their interests include “boys, dancing, drawing, cheerleading, cars, and party'n.” If your grandma stumbles across their X-Rated photos floating around the Internet, she would agree that the girls have definitely earned their “icky” nickname.

A Double Shot at Love
This new show will contain much of the same material that made A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, seasons 1 and 2, a hit with young viewers. The TV show’s trailer contains plenty of skin, lots of swearing, and more girl-on-girl kissing than late night Cinemax. Some bloggers are even suggesting there will be moments of incestuous make out sessions. (Consider yourself warned if you choose to watch the promo video that your kids have access to.)

There is little doubt as to why MTV has produced the show for its TV lineup. First, nobody does sexy like MTV. To outdo season 2 of A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila where contestants had to eat pig vagina and do racy dances in a cage, MTV will have to bring their “A game.” Knowing MTV, they’re up to the challenge.

Secondly, their financial bottom line needs it…now!

Not even the mighty Viacom (the parent organization for MTV) is immune to the current economic conditions. In their third quarter report, they showed net earnings that were cut by 37%. This past weekend held even more bad news for the media giant; the LA Times reported that Viacom had to freeze salaries and slash 850 jobs, with MTV taking the deepest cuts.

Something’s gotta be done to turn those numbers around, right? MTV is hoping that Double Shot will do just that.

MTV is literally banking on the fact that sex sells.

Too bad kids are the ones who are buying it.


Looking for Love…or Lust?
If Double Shot’s success with teen viewers is anything like the success of the first two seasons with Tila Tequila, many parents and youth workers will be forced to have difficult conversations with the teens who have watched the show.

We hope you won’t be put in that position, but just in case you hear teenagers you love talking about the show, here are a few questions to help you engage them in conversation on the very important topic of love.

  1. The show claims to be about helping people find love. Is that what you think the show is really about?

  2. How does the show present the concept of love? What does love look like to the people on the show?

  3. How do you define love?

  4. What does the Bible say love looks like? (Galatians 5:13-23 shows the difference between genuine love and the sinful nature.)

  5. Do you think watching the TV show helps or hinders your concept of love?

(By the way, The Source for Youth Ministry’s website has lots of fully developed small group discussions like this one you can use to talk about the difference between love and lust.)

Remember, with teenagers, questions always work better than lectures. Our job is to help them own God’s truth, not just hear it. Spend whatever amount of time with your teenagers that’s necessary to help them see how God views love…and how that love can change our lives.


David R. Smith David R. Smith is a 15-year youth ministry veteran who helps youth workers and parents through his writing, training, and speaking. David specializes in sharing the gospel, and equipping others do the same. He co-authored his first book this year, Ministry By Teenagers. David provides free resources to anyone who works with teenagers on his website, DavidRSmith.org. David resides with his wife and son in Tampa, Florida.



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