MTV not responsible for limb loss or AIDS on ‘The Real World’

Whether these 2009 cast members want to or not, they're obligated to participate in a Reunion Special for up to five years after their show ended.

People will do anything to be on television. We’ve heard it a thousand times, but a Real World cast member contract obtained by The Village Voice proves it again.

After looking over the painfully long list of stipulations, we’re forced to wonder if anyone who has been on “The Real World” ever actually read this before signing it… or if they were just so desperate to be on the show that it didn’t matter.

Here are a few of our favorite tidbits from the contract’s 30 pages of fun.

–You may die, lose limbs, and suffer nervous breakdowns. (Stipulation 1)

–If you undergo any medical procedures while involved in the show, they carry the risk of infection, disfigurement, death. (4)

–Interacting with other cast members carries the risk of “non-consensual physical contact” and should you contract AIDS, etc. during such an interaction, MTV is not responsible. (7)

–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. (7)

–The Producer holds the authorship and copyright to every photograph, email, website, sound or video recording, documented performance created in relation to the program, on every medium imaginable. (8)

–You may be humiliated and explicitly portrayed “in a false light.” (12)

–You authorize the Producer to have total access to your school records, government forms, your credit history. (19)

–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. (20a)

–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. (38)

–You grant the Producer blanket rights to your life story. (49)

Oh, and just to ensure that it as covered all its bases, MTV also throws this in:

–While you’re on the show, you’re responsible for all long-distance phone charges. (16a)

Come on, if MTV is not responsible for rape or disfigurement, did you really think it would cover long-distance phone calls?

In all fairness, giving up any and all personal freedoms in exchange for several months of monitored personal communication, video-recorded bathroom visits and bedroom interactions shielded by nothing more than a doorway curtain is probably totally worth it for a chance to compete on “The Duel.”
 



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