The most hated mom in America isn’t Casey Anthony, Andrea Yates, or the mommy blogger who poisoned her son. It’s a 23-year-old single mom who allegedly grew up in an abusive household, gave birth to a baby at age 17 because her mom refused to allow her to get an abortion, and lost her baby daddy in a car crash when she was eight months pregnant. A mom so controversial, the former Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Taylor Armstrong called her a “fucking rat.”
America’s current favorite Whore of Babylon is, of course, Farrah Abraham, the most controversial teen mom on MTV’s very controversial Teen Mom.
This week Abraham released her first erotic novel, In the Making (Celebrity Sex Tape), about a reality TV star named Fallon Opal who purposefully releases her own sex tape. If the plot sounds familiar it’s because last year Abraham starred in Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom with porn star James Deen. Despite the fact that a cameraman clearly recorded the porno, Abraham has claimed the video was a “leaked sex tape” she made with a boyfriend: “I am not involved in porn,” she said on VH1’s Couples Therapy, while discussing the porno and her sex toy line.
Deen has called Abraham’s bluff, telling TMZ that he never dated Abraham and she wanted to make a porno. Following the anal controversy, Abraham appeared on VH1’s Couples Therapy, where her other alleged “boyfriend” failed to show up for filming. Unsurprisingly, the media accused Abraham of lying to star on a reality show. I would dismiss Abraham as another famewhore who sucks at lying, but in 2012 she released a critically acclaimed noise album, My Teenage Dream Ended. On the album, Abraham cathartically wails about her traumatic experiences against a confusing medley of sounds, creating heartbreaking songs The Atlantic compared to the music of Daniel Johnson and other outsider artists.
Is Abraham a broken starlet who pathologically lies because she grew up on reality TV or the last outsider artist—the Bjork of reality TV, as my friend called her—who is using interviews and an erotic novel to fuck with the public’s perception of reality? I invited Abraham to the VICE office to find out.