Daily Archives: October 21, 2011

Reality TV Meets the Real World: Kim and OWS

OK. It’s early Friday a.m. and we’re sliding head first into the weekend. And not much pressing for a pajama-clad citizen journalist to opine about. Here are the top stories via a quick survey of online and dead tree media:

Mad Dog is playing Texas hold’em with Saddam.

Obama’s “Pass This Bill Now” jobs plan got smacked down again last night in the Senate.

Lindsay Lohan arrived late for her court-ordered community service at a morgue in LA and was told to leave. So she drove away in her $80,000 Porsche to get her teeth whitened. Sweet.

Yet beyond the headlines, other significant stories warrant attention. Two involve reality TV and the real world events surrounding Occupy Wall Street and Kim Kardashian.

Here’s from Mediaite — “MTV’s The Real World Is Looking For Some Sexy, Young Occupy Wall Street-ers To Get Real“:

The New York Observer has noticed that Bunim/Murray Productions, the company that produces The Real Worldfor Viacom-owned MTV has posted a casting notice on Craigslist looking for an Occupy Wall Street protester to join the cast of their next season.

So, basically, a giant corporation needs a young person to exploit for money and so they’ve decided the best place to look is amongst that giant group of young people who are sick and tired of being exploited by corporations for money.

Gosh! It’s just like a wacky rom-com odd couple!

Here’s what the posted 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 realworldcasting@bunim-murray.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 #.”

The whole thing is patently ridiculous. Don’t these people realize that, to go on this show, these protesters would have to go against the very things they’re fighting for, thus demolishing their very ideals? I mean, jeez, this is as stupid as creating a show called Jersey Shore and filling the cast with all people from New York instead of New Jersey!

Oh, wait…

Ah, to be young and sexy and sleeping on the sidewalk in Lower Manhattan.

Then there is Kim Kardashian. And dare I say it? There are reports that her marriage to Kris Humphries might not last as long as the NBA lockout. Go figure.

Here’s from a post on AOL TV as found on The Huffington Post:

Uh oh. Have Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries fallen victim to “the curse of ‘Hello!’ magazine” already? It seemed like a marriage made in reality TV heaven, but reports this week suggest that if you haven’t already picked out a gift from Kim’s spectacular wedding list, then don’t bother.

Before the ink’s even had time to dry on the thank-you notes comes news that the newlyweds’ relationship may have hit the rocks. There have been numerous “Splitsville!” reports in various publications, with allegations ranging from serial flirting to visits to a divorce lawyer through missing wedding rings, ex-girlfriends reappearing and — gasp — no reality TV future for Kris.

Now comes a report that Kim’s agent has dropped Kris as a client. And, that the Kardashian reality TV behemoth allegedly has no plans to feature the couple together on a reality show. Not even a road-to-divorce one. And we had so many plans for them …

According to ‘The MailOnline’, not only has Kim’s agent at William Morris dumped Kris, but it could be game over for the fledgling marriage. The website quotes a source close to the pair as saying “I don’t know when they’ll announce the split or why they got married in the first place but they are done.”

The source then spelled it out: “They are divorcing. They haven’t been together for a month and while Kim has been staying in New York she has been staying in a hotel room which Kris has failed to visit.”

And there we were thinking that Kim’s only wedding regret was that she wished she’d stood on a box to kiss her new husband …

‘Life & Style’ says the couple — who, let’s face it, seem to barely even know each other — are living separate lives. A producer on ‘Kourtney & Kim Take New York’ told the magazine that “Kim’s mapping out 2012, including holidays, and Kris isn’t a part of it. Any itineraries for the future don’t include Kris very much. That’s not a good sign.”

But it is a good sign for fans of the show, who presumably can now be rest assured that they’ll be following the sisters’ antics through next year. Sans Kris getting in the way or making Kim look short.


I read the news today, oh, boy!