Speaking of MTV, the Village Voice got hold of a copy of the Real World contract. Some highlights:
• You may be humiliated and explicitly portrayed “in a false light.” (12)
• Interacting with other cast members carries the risk of “non-consensual physical contact” and should you contract AIDS, etc. during such an interaction, MTV is not responsible. (7)
• You’re not pregnant and you won’t become pregnant before the show’s done filming. If you do become pregnant, you’ll tell the Producer immediately—and pregnancy is grounds for dismissal. (38)
• You grant the Producer blanket rights to your life story. (49)
• Under ordinary circumstances, all of this would be considered a “serious” invasion of privacy. (11)
To that last point, in reality TV anything goes.
And the most misleading, click-baity tweet of the day goes to…..the Washington Post, which got 7,049 clicks to a random ‘Post Mortem” blog post about the death of a 92-year-old jazz trumpeter named Snooky Young.
For context, the tweet before, about a “Growing number of consumers pay[ing] credit card debt before mortgage,” got 296 clicks. The one that followed the Snooky tweet got 229. Our beehived Sn00ki, of the Jersey Shore, is—by all indications—still alive.
[MTV execs are concerned] that some of the upcoming scenes could violate federal child-pornography laws and have ordered producers to tone it down….One scene in question, slated to air Jan. 31, showed a backside view of 17-year-old actor running down the street in the buff.