If you have ever watched MTV’s reality show The Real World (“Welcome to Las Vegas,” from Amazon) before, then you may know some of the rules. The cast are only allowed one phone. There are absolutely no doors in any of the rooms. And oh yeah, every minute of your livfe for three months is on tape.
But after The Village Voice recently unveiled a copy of the cast member’s contracts, we know now those three stipulations are the least offensive rules these reality stars must follow.
In case you have never seen an episode of the show before, here is a quick video to catch you up:
The contract states:
- You may die, lose limbs, and suffer nervous breakdowns.
- You may be humiliated and explicitly portrayed “in a false light.”
- Producers are under no obligation to conduct background checks on your fellow cast members.
- If you contract AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases while filming ["gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), Chlamydia, scabies (crabs),'hepatitis, genital warts, and other communicable and sexually transmitted diseases or Pregnancy; etc"], MTV is not responsible.
- You’re not pregnant and you won’t become pregnant before the show’s done filming. If you do become pregnant, you’ll tell the producer immediately–and pregnancy is grounds for dismissal.
- You can’t change your physical appearance during filming, without the producer’s express permission.
- Your e-mail may be monitored during participation.
- You promise not to hide from MTV cameras in establishments where they can’t film.
- The production crew can show up at your personal house at any time to film and/or to take anything they want, as long as they return the objects once production has ended.
- You authorize the producer to have total access to your school records, government forms, your credit history.
- You’re obligated to participate in a reunion special for up to five years after the show ends, you’ll be paid $2500 for your involvement, and the producer only has to give you 14 days notice.
Now some of these contractual stipulations I understand. I imagine that members of the cast could easily get injured, or even possiblly suffer some kind of mental breakdown while filming. (If your life were being filmed at every minute, wouldn’t you?) But some of these bullet points are just out of control.
What part of the contract do you think is the most shocking, Lovelies? Would you agree to all of those terms and conditions in order to be on a reality TV show?