Brace yourself, folks: ”True Life: I’m Occupying Wall Street” will air tonight on MTV and here’s what the New York Times has to say about it.
“[The show portrays] the scene in Zuccotti Park as summer camp with protest signs, a rolling festival of exasperation and naïveté, stone-faced cops and Hacky Sack—Fuming Man.”
Hmm. That doesn’t sound too positive.
On the one hand, the early roots of “True Life” — offering honest insight on controversial topics — would benefit the OWS protest. The merits would be many: a 24/7 view of the protest and all police interactions would eliminate biases and opinions made solely from news coverage; the diversity of the protesters would be highlighted; and direct testimonies could be taken from protesters. But unfortunately, the “True Life” of today is regularly edited to drama-crazed, trashy bits. In the OWS episode, the show will follow Bryan, 23, who is a full-time protester from Massachusetts, and his friends Caitlin and Kate, aged 20. Major police interaction reportedly goes un-filmed and is simply recapped via interviews with the subjects. Much of the episode’s focus is the race with time to clean Zuccotti Park (the park near Wall Street where the protest takes place) manually before the protest is cleared out for “mandatory” cleaning by the city.
As with any MTV production, we’re sure the episode will be packed with both manipulated and honest moments of passion, anger and conviction. But we’ll save our final judgement until we catch the full episode.
What do readers think? Will “True Life: I’m Occupying Wall Street” bring the Occupy cause more to the forefront, or cheapen the entire protest? [Gothamist]