Could Occupy Wall Street protestors move from Zuccotti Park to 'The Real World' house?

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The Real World: Zuccotti Park? While the 27th season of MTV’s reality mainstay The Real World (which is currently situated in sunny San Diego) likely won’t actually take place in the downtown Manhattan hub where the Occupy Wall Street movement has swelled over the past month, Bunim/Murray Productions is hoping some of the politically-minded 20-somethings who have taken part in the historic operation will also want to take part in the television landmark.

On Tuesday night, Bunim/Murray, the company which produces and casts for The Real World, put up a post on New York City’s Craigslist with the subject “Part of Occupy Wall Street? Real World 27 Wants You!” The post reads:

“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 realworldcasting@bunim-murray.com. Your subject heading should be YOUR NAME and WALL STREET.

Please attach 3 RECENT PHOTOS and a brief BIO, including your full NAME, DATE OF BIRTH (for ID purposes only) as well as your CONTACT INFORMATION including PHONE #.”

Sasha Alpert, the Senior Vice President of casting for Bunim/Murray Productions, explains to EW why the agency sent out this particular post. While Alpert says that Bunim/Murray puts out a variety of reach notices for casting calls, those involved with the OWS movement have generated particular interest. “This all came out of the current zeitgeist,” Alpert says. “We are always looking for people who are involved in whatever is going on in the world around them. We are always looking for passionate people.”

While Bunim/Murray is in the midst of the casting process for the upcoming season of The Real World (open casting calls will continue to take place throughout the country until the end of the month), Alpert is hoping that those involved with OWS who feel oppressed by the the current economic system won’t feel so disheartened to not try out. “We want everyone to feel comfortable coming to the open calls. We want a broad spectrum of people and people in their 20s right now feel disenfranchised,” Alpert says, noting that The Real World gives a “voice to people that might otherwise not be heard.” (After all, the series is no stranger to having cast members with a cause. The late Pedro Zamora was an activist who successfully used the show as a forum to get public involved in the conversation about HIV/AIDS.)

While Alpert notes that “it’s hard to say” if OWS participants will respond to the call (the post has been up for about 48 hours), she hopes the location (“New York has always been a great city for us, we tend to get a lot of great people in New York”) and the desire for those who are “passionate about this movement” to get their message out there could attract possible cast members. “It’s a movement that isn’t going anywhere and that’s growing,” she says. “[The casting call could find someone] who reflects whats going on.”

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  • Jessica

    That’s funny. Is it the show supposed to be funny? Anti-corporate pseudo-hippies on a corporate reality show?

    • Jolie

      Jessica, You sound like a real b*tch. Get a life.

      • Dana

        Why do I get the feeling Jolie is large and lonely?

    • muhammedX

      Careful Jessica, the brainless lemmings that watch RealWorld and troll a site like this can do not even know the meaning of the words you used let alone comprehend what you are saying. You couldn’t be more correct. But irony and hypocrisy are staples of this crowd. Let them choke on it.

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    • Dana

      The media that created the anit-capitalist is now capitalizing on their creation. You gotta love America.

      • Rachel

        Those people out on Wallstreet have got to stop whinning about how unfair it is that they are the 99%. The statistics say that if you live in America you are in the top 1% of richest people in the world. Just be happy with what you have already and stop pushing the wealth distrabution communist tatic.

    • Tesla

      Getting your message across is all about marketing. Crowd psychology. I find the incidence just as ironic as you, but if it leads to positive awareness of the problems of corruption we have today, then I say let’s ride this baby.

  • Andrew

    I think NYC is an awesome place to have Real World… I do not think in the 3 seasons they were there that it was a total slut-fest

  • Barack Palin

    It would be nice if these self-unbdulgent cry-babies would move to their beloved socialist paradises of Cuba, Venezuela, or North Korea-then maybe they would stop their whining.

  • Alex

    “The corporations take their profits and invest it in the war machine while keeping everyone blind.”

    • Timmeh

      How about the government stealing everyone blind and living beyond it’s means? How about that slick? How come sheep, like you, continually blame corporations? The corporations ARE GOING to survive with what cards they’re dealt from our all knowing nanny state.

  • Timmeh

    How are they going to get that unbelievable stench out of it when they’re done?

  • bubbalouie

    The Wall Street and Tea Partyers say “let them eat cake!”
    I say “Off with their heads.”

    • Dana

      Funny, I’ve been saying that for years… and so, I must concur.

  • BF2inNYC

    WTF – if any or the real activists take up this offer then the movement will lose all credibility. Interlopers and pseudo activists will likely try to pull a fast one. Then again this may be a plot by the 1% to try and discredit a beautiful and benevolent movement- maybe – think about it!!

  • Troy Davis

    Mic Check!!!! This is a VERY dangerous proposition. Reality TV is NOT reality. The viewpoints (aka propaganda) presented as “reality” by this show may actually take the form of misinformation disseminated by the One Percent in an effort to mislead civilian viewers and undermine the cause of the people.

  • Bendee

    If a reality show on the OWS movement is created, then the cause would just be perverted into a sell out. You know, like Green Day on Broadway. SELL OUT!

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