People on reality shows of yore have eaten bugs, had catfights over men, and stabbed each other in the back for a chance to work for The Donald.
And now, they beat their girlfriends.
“Abusers” is will be an intervention-style reality show that depicts real-life cases of domestic violence and offers counseling and support for both the abuser and the victim. The show — which appears to be in the proposal stage, as there is no mention of a network having picked it up — will be produced by Albert Harris, Jr., a former aide to ex-New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey. The creative team will include Ashley and Josh from “The Real World: D.C.,” who both experienced domestic violence in their homes. Abusers and victims who participate on “Abusers” will be given free online degree programs through the University of Phoenix.
This could work for TV. It just has to be more “PBS” than “Bravo,” you know what I mean? Keep reading »
A woman who appeared on “The Real World: D.C.” as a friend/possible sexual conquest of the housemates has filed a lawsuit against MTV claiming she was too drunk to give consent to be filmed. Golzar Amirmotazedi’s $5 million lawsuit claims she had 8 to 10 alcoholic beverages when she signed a waiver to appear on camera. Keep reading »
One “Real World: D.C.” cast member might have a bit of trouble with the show’s “start getting real” part. The show’s resident “rocker chick,” Erika Wasilewski, revealed that she once lied about having cancer. When Time Out Chicago told Erika about nasty rumors they read online, she admitted that she faked cancer to get sympathy after her high school boyfriend broke up with her:
“Um, there is some truth to what you’re hearing. Yes, it happened. Yes, I regret it. If I could take it back, I would. I was going through some severe emotional problems at the time. I was lashing out and craving attention wherever I could. It was really destructive. I didn’t even realize I had a problem until my freshman year of college. At that point, I received help and I did take antidepressants. I weaned myself off with the guidance of my doctor, and I’ve basically done a complete turnaround.”
Lying about cancer is pretty low, but we’re happy the spunky Illinois native realized she had serious problems and got treatment. But will the terrible lies in Erika’s former life be revealed to her new roommates? We can only hope. [Time Out Chicago] Keep reading »
Cartoonist Andrew Woods, the most irritating cast member on MTV’s “Real World: D.C.,” is even more unscrewable than originally thought. Amanda Hess at The Sexist ransacked his student newspaper archives and found that a bunch of Woods’ cartoons are about date-raping women. Yes, rape, the most giggly of topics! Wannabe-brodawg Andrew’s oeuvre damn near entirely consists of cartoons about liquoring women up so he can get laid, which is very much in the style of Tucker Max‘s body of work: women + too much alcohol + scampish naughtiness = pushing the borderlines of consent as a “joke.”
Let’s check out Andrew’s rape-y cartoons, after the jump! Keep reading »
Oh, look, a plot of MTV’s “Real World” that revolves around something other than hot tub threesomes and body shots! Much to the chagrin of their cranky blogger neighbors
, “The Real World: D.C.” descended upon our nation’s capitol to emote, drink, talk to small African-American children, and figure out their confusing sexuality. Considering the last eight or so seasons have been mind-numbing, barely-watchable garbage, we are thrilled at this new improvement! (Though we kind of want to smack the blonde kid in this clip, as he seems uber-annoying.)
However, keep in mind, whatever integrity points MTV gained (+5) cleaning up its act with “Real World: D.C.,” it lost points with the brain-herpes that will be “Jersey Shore” (-3,000) (airing December 1!!!!). We will be watching both. Keep reading »
Some D.C. folks have not rolled out the welcome mat for “The Real World: D.C.” cast members and the whipped cream/hot tub/fake lesbian make out sessions sure to come. Quite the opposite, in fact! A couple D.C.-ers are grousing daily about their fratty new neighbors on the Anti-Real World D.C. blog.
Explaining their, um, lack of hospitality in a post earlier this week, one writer explained that the blog “was created to serve as a forum for those who care deeply about what goes on in their neighborhoods— whether it be welcoming seven strangers with open arms or telling them to go home.” Keep reading »