This is a story about seven strangers, picked to live in a house, and have their lives taped…and signed away via contract.
On Tuesday, the Village Voice followed up on its MTV reality show coverage after revealing secrets behind the never-seen show “Bridge & Tunnel.”
The newspaper published an unsigned standard cast-member contract for the network’s long-standing series “The Real World.”
And it’s a doozy.
Among some of the most uncomfortable selections highlighted by the Village Voice are (all emphases by VV):
- “Producers are under no obligation to conduct background checks on your fellow cast members. (7)
- If you contract AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases while filming [“gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), Chlamydia, scabies (crabs),’hepatitis, genital warts, and other communicable and sexually transmitted diseases or Pregnancy; etc”], MTV is not responsible. (7)
- 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 don’t have STDs, but accept that other people on the show might. (18)”
In other words, if you happen to be sexually abused by a roommate who has an unchecked record of such behaviour and contract an STD (along with any other sort of trauma), don’t go blaming MTV.
But you’ll be famous!
In another area of the contract (“Additional Participation”) that caught our attention, MTV producers also have “the exclusive and irrevocable option (the ‘Challenge Option’) to require [cast members] to participate in connection with a challenge program.”
This gives new meaning to the success of the network’s “Real World/Road Rules Challenge” reality competition series.
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