A month ago, I posted about how one of the cast members of “Teen Mom 2,” Kailyn Lowry, openly talked about her atheism on Twitter.
Yesterday, one of her followers questioned her status as a role model because of that:
@kaillowry you are atheist? And you are considered a “role model” ?
— Alex Mendez (@amaaazing_alex) May 9, 2012
Not one to shy away from the label, Kailyn not only reaffirmed her atheism, she did it while giving a shout-out to President Obama:
— Kail Lowry (@KailLowry) May 9, 2012
And a few minutes later, one of her “Teen Mom 2” costars, Jenelle Evans, wrote back to both of them:
— jenelle evans (@PBandJenelley_1) May 9, 2012
Again, it’s not so much that these are teenagers coming out as atheists — That happens all the time. But we don’t normally see teens already under the glare of the media spotlight willing to talk about something like religion, especially when their views put them in the minority. Maybe the fact that they’re already letting people peek into a huge part of their lives gives them the confidence to be honest about other aspects of it.
In any case, it’s welcoming to see MTV stars open up about their atheism like it was no big deal.