There are certain Teen Moms who we count on to bring the drama, like Jenelle wanting her pet son “back”, Amber crying invisible tears, and Farrah. They are our punctual trains that wreck day after day.
But on last night’s reunion, we got some serious drama from an unexpected source: Maci Bookout McKinney.
Her opposition? Baby daddy Ryan’s new bride, Mackenzie.
The footage of Ryan’s behind-the-wheel wedding day nap with Mackenzie riding shotgun & punching him back into consciousness has become somewhat infamous since the finale aired, so it’s no surprise that last night’s reunion got Mackenzie and Maci on stage together to talk about it.
Mackenzie had a pre-written letter to Maci that she read on stage, the text of which follows:
You told me to my face, merely days after I had informed you of Ryan seeking help, that you had known about his problem since November. That was 186 days, 4,464 hours, and 267,840 minutes that he could’ve died, and still, you said nothing. You let everyone know that you feared for his life, while concurrently exploiting Ryan and his addiction on the show.
I had only known about it for two days before Ryan was walking into treatment. You preach about hating complacency and enabling. Because you turned your head to the problem, that makes you the enabler, not everyone else that it’s blamed on. This is not reality television; this is actual reality.
Instead of solving the problem, or doing what you could to make an effort to solve it, you decided to humiliate Ryan, humiliate myself and his entire family, but more importantly, you’ve humiliated our children for years to come
Helping Ryan doesn’t mean talking about all of his problems on national television, it means being supportive, not kicking someone when they’re down, and respecting the privacy that we all so graciously deserve.
After Mackenzie read her letter, you could faintly hear an explosion in the distance as fans everywhere went absolutely bananas.
Maci stated that the drug counselor who she’d been in contact with about Ryan advised her not to bring up his drug addiction to Mackenzie. She also defended herself by insisting that she didn’t exploit Ryan, but he exploited himself, and she got some applause when she stated “[Mackenzie] talks about privacy; don’t sign up for a fucking TV show then.” She also pulled some snark right out of my dad’s book and told Mack “you’re so full of shit, your eyes are brown.” Southerners seriously have the best insults.
Mackenzie brought up the trip to Puerto Rico specifically, when Maci tearfully confided in her TMOG cast mates (and a camera crew, of course) about Ryan’s addiction and her fears for their son, Bentley. Mack said this scene was just Maci “talking shit” & exploiting Ryan’s situation, and when Maci disagreed, Mack stormed off the stage.
It just wouldn’t be a TM reunion without someone attempting to strut off stage in high heels they can’t walk in, am I right?
Maci called Mack’s letter “bullshit” on the air, and it seems like fans on Twitter agree with her overwhelmingly:
I mean OVERWHELMINGLY:
The overwhelming-ness of support for Maci cannot be overstated, y’all:
As easy (and gratifying) as it is to pick apart Mackenzie’s letter and criticize it until our vocal cords disintegrate, it’s important to remember that she is only 21 years old. We all did cringeworthy stuff when we were 21, but most of us didn’t do it on camera for a TV show that stars the ex of our significant other.
In the end though, the angry tweets have a very strong point: Mackenzie is blaming someone else for her husband’s addiction. Is that fair? Clearly fans think NAH.