New MTV reality show 'Siesta Key' under fire for connection to animal abuse video

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  • Siesta Key is a new MTV reality show with a format similar to the network's past hits Laguna Beach and its spinoff The Hills. The show follows the lives of a group of privileged friends.

  • A watch party for the premiere tonight came to a halt halfway through when a video, featuring a friend of one of the Siesta Key's stars (Alex Kompothecras), went viral. In said video, a shark is being abused. Alex's facebook response to the video, before it was deleted, was: "I had absolutely nothing to do with the shark video. Yes he's a friend of mine, but no I don't agree with what he did. Check your facts before you go posting on my page. Thanks."

  • As a result, at least 6,000 Facebook users are protesting Siesta Key. The show (or its actors) have also received death threats. When asked if the shark abuse video and the death threats are what ended the watch party, Alex's father (the one who conceived the idea for the series) said, "I wouldn't say that's the only reason. There are other reasons."



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