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.
My fantasy is to have Keeping Up With Kardashians, Season 26,” Kris says. “Who knew it would be this profitable? I should have had more kids.
“I didn’t really understand what we were getting into,” Russell told The Daily Beast defensively, but with more charm than was ever displayed on TV. “I don’t really watch reality television. And so we decided early on that this was Taylor’s project; that I was going to be supportive, but just stay in the background. And that backfired.”