Yesterday it looked as though Bunim/Murray, the production company behind MTV’s Real World, had put out a casting call on Craigslist. Nothing weird there, but the casting call asked for Occupy Wall Street protesters, who don’t immediately spring to mind as MTV material; we kind of thought it was a joke.
Today we’ve confirmed that the casting call is the genuine article. There very well could be an OWS’er on season 27 (!) of the Real World. The ad:
MTV’s Real World is seeking cast members to tell their unique stories on our show. If you are over the age of 20 and appear to be between the ages of 20-24, and the description below sounds like you, we want to hear from you!
Are you a part of the OCCUPY WALL STREET movement?
If so, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Your subject heading should be YOUR NAME and WALL STREET.
Please attach 3 RECENT PHOTOS and a brief BIO, including your full NAME, DATE OF BIRTH (for ID purposes only) as well as your CONTACT INFORMATION including PHONE #.
Bunim/Murray’s Senior Vice President in charge of casting, Sasha Alpert, confirmed to the Voice that the casting call is in no way a joke.
“We really want to keep up with the current zeitgeist of what people are interested in,” Alpert said. “It’s great to have someone who’s frustrated and actually doing something about it on the show.”
As for whether she sees the irony of OWS protesters appearing on a corporate reality television show: “I suppose. But it’s a show that’s always been about people’s passions and what people are thinking about.”
“Look at it any way you want, but from my point of view I’m not yet the Man,” she said.
The New York casting call is on October 29th. Again, we officially nominate Ted “Multicolored Tights Guy” Hall for inclusion in Real World 27.
Keep up with the rest of our Occupy Wall Street coverage here.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 19, 2011