Sorry, you don’t know these people in the picture. They’re the cast of The Real World XXV: Vegas and, as is the case with all humans, they may or may not have STDs! Starring in a fancy show with Roman numerals in the title is an honor, so you’re going to need to waive some basic personal, sexual, and reproductive rights. Just go with it; you’ll get to be on TV. Producers can twist your story any which way they want, but eyes on the prize: You! TV!
The Village Voice obtained a reputed copy of the standard contract for The Real World, and while it’s everything you might expect for reality TV, that doesn’t make it any less skeezy. (MTV has not yet responded to requests from EW for comment.) You can read the full document here, but here’s a quick list of my….
Five Most Worrisome Stipulations of an MTV Reality TV Contract
Honey we all agree. (Emphasis mine.)
WHY DON’T YOU JUST TEST THEM? It’s like they want disease.
Unless you are 16 and pregnant, MTV will be unable to market you.
Too many big words in there, but the gist is: No rights!
Okay, this is my favorite chunk of text, which basically says, “We’re gonna make up stuff about you,” or more succinctly, “F— you.”
Imagine how any of this would go down in the actual Real World. What’s more horrifying — watching an MTV reality show or reading its participant contract?