MTV's New Show 'Ghosted' Sharply Criticized For Promoting and Romanticizing Stalking

MTV announced on Wednesday a new show premiering September 10 called Ghosted: Love Gone Missing, and the program is already receiving intense backlash. The Catfish-style show will follow two people — both the ghost and the ghosted — as the hosts try to assess the story behind the unanswered messages. Many perceive this as harassment and stalking.

One twitter user said on Wednesday, "So, this will basically be about stalking people who don't want anything to do with you anymore?" Another pointed out, "'Publicly tracking down the person who ghosted you' is a weird way to say stalking. It's stalking."

American attorney Carrie Goldberg — who specializes in sexual privacy violations, particularly revenge porn and online abuse — told Newsweek on Thursday, "We should all feel entitled to exercise the freedom to end a relationship — whether that relationship goes on for hours, weeks, years or decades. We owe an explanation or justification to nobody. And often the safest way to end a relationship with somebody abusive is to do it abruptly and with minimal discussion or reason."

Speaking specifically on the MTV's new show, she continued, "I'm troubled that there's a television show hunting down people who made the decision to terminate communication somebody with whom they didn't connect."

The eight-episode docuseries is set to be hosted by the Bachelorette's Rachel Lindsay and recording artist Travis Mills. In the first look trailer, Mills asks, "Have you ever been ghosted? Totally left in the dark by someone you care about? No texts. No DMs. Nothing."

"Ghosting" is a common tactic used to end a relationship — typically, but not always of the romantic variety — by abruptly and completely cutting off all communication without explanation. The hosts of the new show are tasked with investigating situations and following "every lead to track down the 'ghost.'"

Twitter user "Juicebox" said in response to the show on Wednesday, "Could you imagine someone leaving behind a toxic relationship/friendship, healing, and then an MTV camera crew shows up in your face with that person. That would be super traumatizing for a lot of people."

Goldberg, the author of Nobody's Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, & Trolls, said that ghosting is a, "phenomenon derived from dating online — algorithms connect us with somebody who in real life, if we'd met in a social scenario, we might get bad vibes from."

She explained that it is easy to turn off your "alarm system" when chatting over messaging apps, and it can be difficult to realize when people have become too attached. The safest way to get out of a situation like that that may be dangerous, she said, is to break off all communication.

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