Is Occupy Wall Street invading MTV’s ‘The Real World’?

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Seven thousand strangers gathering in the streets under the banner of Occupy Wall Street get picked to live in a house and have their lives taped? Not quite. One, maybe.

The producers of MTV’s ‘The Real World’ seem to be taking notice of the recent protests against corporate greed and want to incorporate a participating ‘Occupy Wall Street’ activist in the long-running series. In a posting on Craigslist, the production company, Bunim/Murray, listed this casting call:

MTV’s Real World is seeking cast members to tell their unique stories on our show. If you are over the age of 20 and appear to be between the ages of 20-24, and the description below sounds like you, we want to hear from you!

Are you a part of the OCCUPY WALL STREET movement?

If so, please contact Your subject heading should be YOUR NAME and WALL STREET.


Could the aging reality series be moving from the late-night hot tub sessions to steamy sign-making sessions? Hardly. According to a spokesperson for Bunim/Murray, the casting call is simply a way to cast a wide net in keeping with the show’s ‘tradition’ of bringing together an eclectic group of people. An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator is not a definitive role they’re looking to fill, the spokesperson said.

A location for the series’ 27th season has not yet been determined, but is expected to be announced in early November.


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demonstrator stands in Zuccotti Park on Monday. Credit: Shannon Stapleton / Reuters