Teen Mom OG star Maci Bookout faced a backlash from viewers for showing segments on MTV that focused on the aftermath of a gas station shooting. MTV announced at the beginning of the new season that Bookout “suffered from post-traumatic stress” after witnessing a fatal shootout in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Bookout, 29, was on her way to pick up her 12-year-old son Bentley when she stopped to refill her tank in October 2020. Gunfire broke out and Bookout hid in a bathroom until the shooting was over declared on a March 2021 episode of Teen Mom OG.
Bookout enabled MTV to document the aftershock of the event. Cameras showed the Teen Mom OG star was struggling to get her own gas, with husband Taylor McKinney filling up for her until recently.
After watching the October 12, 2021 episode, fans weren’t convinced that Bookout was authentic about their PTSD at the gas station. Some people accused it of being fake, saying the plot was “scripted”.
“I’m sure it’s partially scripted,” wrote one viewer on Reddit. “But you can see MTV trying to bring up relevant issues (racism in TM2 with ash and bar, masking even though they have been tested and tortured). of that.”
“Maci has to be rerouted because of the traffic and forced to stop by the gas station, which she avoided for months while she happened to be filming, is pretty handy for her plot, isn’t it?” Another added. “Do you think this show could be … fake?”
While some viewers believe Bookout is sincere about their experience, the mother of three held back tears when she first spoke to MTV about the incident.
“I didn’t think I would survive,” Bookout told Teen Mom OG during a confessional. “I literally thought I was going to die.”
“I’m alive,” she added. “Well, I’m grateful for that.”
Since Bookout was afraid to drive past the gas station where the shooting took place, husband Taylor McKinney stepped in by taking Bentley to his baseball games and practice.
In addition to Bentley, the couple have two other children together: 6-year-old Jayde Carter and 4-year-old Maverick.
“Our family plan is complicated because the children are in three different teams and go to three different schools,” said Bookout on October 12, 2021. “In addition, my fear of the gas station shooting is not getting any better.”
Bookout revealed that she didn’t spend time with her eldest son because she was anxious to drive past the location of the shooting.
“Taylor usually takes Bentley and I usually take Jade. To be honest, we used to like to switch, ”Bookout explained to a friend. “He took jade sometimes, I sometimes took Bentley, and then we picked up everyone we picked up that morning. But then there is shooting. “
“Well, I don’t take Bentley to school at all because the only way is to get past that gas station,” she continued. “For example, the red light keeps you right in front of it, literally right in front of it. And you just sit there. “
In an earlier episode, Bookout joked that McKinney was a “Benny thief”. To make up for lost time, Bentley surprised his mother by taking her to an escape room for a mother-son bond.
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