CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Local leaders remain wary of MTV's "Buckwild" following the death of one of the show's cast members and the arrest of another.
Saying little good has come from the show, Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said MTV should cancel "Buckwild." County Commission President Kent Carper said the show often sends bad messages to young people.
"I wish it would go away," Jones said Tuesday evening. "It's like King Tut's tomb. Seems like everyone who touches it walks away cursed."
Shain Gandee, 21, who called himself "Gandee Candy" after the candy his family has made for years, was found dead Monday in his Ford Bronco. Shain was found inside the SUV stuck in a mud pit with his uncle, David Gandee, 48, and friend Robert Myers, 27.
Shain and his uncle were last seen at 3 a.m. Saturday at Larry's Bar in Sissonville. They told others they were going off-roading in Shain's Bronco.
It was the kind of activity featured on "Buckwild" that garnered a heavy following in its first season, which aired earlier this year. The show's opening features Shain and the others slinging mud around and participating in other hijinks.
Carper was concerned before the show aired about the kind of message it would send to other youth. His concern hasn't changed.
"I thought the kids in the show were pretty good," Carper said. "The parts I didn't like were the message it sent to young people.
"There's nothing wrong with muddin' and nothing wrong with huntin', but there's some things that don't mix with either one of those."