Monday, January 5, 2009
Pity poor MTV. The venerable cable channel has been blamed for everything from the corruption of teenagers to the wholesale destruction of western civilization. It was even, in its early years, accused of playing music videos. But the one charge that might just stick is its hand in popularizing that great American train wreck known as "Reality TV."
Long before a group of dyspeptic misfits and shallow dipshits were thrown together on an island until the last "Survivor" walked away with a million dollars, MTV was telling the "true story. . .of seven strangers. . .picked to live in a house. . .who work together and have their lives taped. . .to find out what happens when people stop being polite. . .and start getting real."
Premiering in 1992, "The Real World" showed us how glamorous prejudices, petty grievances and drunken hot tub hijinks could be. The show is also notable for third season cast member Pedro Zamora, an AIDS activist who was among the first out, gay and HIV positive men to obtain a significant national profile.
The twenty-first season, Real World: Brooklyn, premieres on Wednesday, January 7. It promises to be gayer than a particularly gay picnic basket; packed with enough gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning participants to ensure this season will be the most rainbow-friendly one so far. No longer onboard for shock value, novelty or conflict-baiting, the lavender-leaning members of this eight-person cast will (if the press materials aren’t lying) do their part to keep it real and make life in their Red Hook warehouse digs particularly fabulous. (Continue Reading-Source/Edge)