MTV to ‘Real World’ Cast: Don’t Blame Us If You Get Raped

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From Beavis and Butt-Head to 120 Minutes to Jersey Shore , MTV has been in the news a lot this week — which we suppose is fitting, considering the network celebrated its 30th birthday yesterday. But the newest tidbit is by far the juiciest (not to mention grossest) we’ve heard in a while: The Village Voice‘s Runnin’ Scared blog has obtained a copy of the standard contract for Real World cast members, and it’s pretty crazy. Among the most eye-popping revelations are clauses stipulating that MTV reserves the right to portray housemates “in a false light,” commit “serious” invasions of privacy (reading your email, snooping through your credit history, showing up at your home — i.e., not the Real World house — to borrow your belongings), and kick you off the show if you get pregnant. Meanwhile, the network refuses the responsibility of performing background checks on cast members and warns that having no effing clue who is sleeping two feet away from you carries the risk of “non-consensual physical contact.” In other words, don’t blame MTV if you get raped because they stuck you in a house with a sex offender. Oh, also? You might die. Kind of brings new meaning to that whole “stop being polite and start getting real” business. See the entire, unbelievable contract for yourself here.