I’ve got good news for you, and I’ve got bad news for you. I’d ask you which you want first, but since I can’t really do that right now, I’ll just go ahead and give you the good news first: It took an entire month for MTV to hop on the Occupy Wall Street bandwagon and start trying to exploit it! Hoorah! And the bad news? You guessed it: MTV has hopped on the Occupy Wall Street bandwagon and has started trying to exploit it. Sigh.
Earlier this week, an ad popped up on Craigslist. It’s a casting call for MTV’s Real World, and it’s specifically seeking cast members who are participating in Occupy Wall Street. The usual stipulations—be over age 20, appear to be between the ages of 20 and 24, etc.—apply. Here’s what the listing says:
“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 email@example.com. 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 #.”
So here’s what I want to know: Would the kind of person who’s occupying Wall Street be the same kind of person who would want to appear on Real World? My gut reaction says no—but then at the same time, my gut has been wrong before, so it’s quite possible that it’s wrong here, too. Real World isn’t exactly known for casting the sharpest tools in the shed, although I suppose it has had its fair share of politically outspoken folk. Maybe I’m pigeonholing people too easily. Actually, now that I think about it, this could be a really interesting situation: MTV is great at exploiting people and things for their own gain, right? Well, how awesome would it be for someone to turn that right around and exploit MTV for their own gain? Or rather, for the good of the cause?
And you know what? The casting ad is legit. Of course, when it first hit, we weren’t really sure whether it was or not– it was always possible that it was some scam or other (this IS Craigslist we’re talking about, after all). But the Hollywood Reporter checked up on it with Bunim/Murray, and their camp has confirmed that it’s real. Ho hum.
What do you think of this whole thing, readers? Is this an awesome opportunity for a politically-minded individual to get their message across to a wider audience? Or is it just MTV being MTV as always?