MTV’s The Real World Hollywood comes in like a lion…

My goodness! Have y’all seen the first episode of The Real World Hollywood? I was watching it last week and had to open my laptop to start writing a post in the middle after PretyBoy managed to urk me so much I wanted to jump through the screen and pimp slap him. Unfortunately, my laptop froze and I lost the post so I apologize if this sounds a little lackluster in delivery.

So here’s my take…

I have been a die hard Real World watcher and fan from Season 2 onward. This is season 20 and I’m not getting any younger. 20 seasons is remarkable for any show. Anyhooz…good, bad, or ugly I always watch the entire season because that’s what die hard fans do. However, this is the first season that I feel like I might end my allegiance, and here’s why:

  1. More drama on the first episode than a soap opera. I think they pushed the envelope too far for reality tv. My guess is that they’re trying to compete with the plethora of reality options out there. Lest they forget, this show was around before reality was all the rage. They’ve crossed the line from an interesting experiment in mixing flavors from real life to a freak show. I’m just waiting for the funny mirrors, midgets (sorry…little people, or whatever the politically correct term is these days), and a host of other circus freaks to pop in.
  2. PretyBoy (AKA Greg). Added to the cast based on online popular vote. Online voters, what the HELL were you thinking? He calls women “associates” and referred to people as “peasants”. His cockiness is beyond tolerable and he doesn’t give a fuck. I hope he gets beat down this season. I absolutely could not stand to watch him. I have always hated super cocky guys who think they’re God’s gift to women, and he wears that badge loud and proud. Plus, he’s not all that attractive. Nice body, but the face is nothing to wet my pants about.
  3. Brianna. Oh Bri, why hast thou forsaken thee? Stripper wannabe singer? For real? I don’t know what to do with that.
  4. The fact that my points #2 and #3 are related to 2/3 of the black cast members on the show. MTV, why do you always have to go down like that? Black people have a hard enough time functioning in the day to day real world battling stereotypes and ignorance that stamping cocky womanizer on one and stripper who’s trying to get out of the game on the other is a recipe to perpetuate, if not accelerate, the negative stereotypes already out there.
  5. I think back to the positive things I’ve learned from seasons past and wish that the 20th season could have been commemorated in that light. Just ask yourselves producers, what would Pedro Zamora be saying if he were blessed to be on this earth today and watching this season? That season had an enormous impact on me and I know countless others. Enough said…

The rest of the cast is run of the mill with the jock, party girl, southern belle, etc… No gay lesbian action this round…or at least that has been disclosed. Thank goodness that at least negro #3 on the show, Will, seems to be pretty decent.

If you’ve seen the first episode, what did you think? Shall we march against the over-sensationalizing of The Real World 20 Hollywood? or do I just need to buck up and keep watching?

Comments

  1. Saundre' says:

    Just to piggy back off of your analysis, something else that needs to be discussed is the lack of presence of the darker skinned African American Woman. I mean, is it me or does MTV think that only bi-racial or lighter skinned African American Women exist in the world? The last darker skinned woman on the show was Kameela, from the Boston cast and that was in the 90’s! By the way, Kameela was brown skinned. They have had darker guys on the show for the past couple of seasons i.e. Theo, Steven, Neamiah, Tyrie… and the list can go on! I am happy that my darker skinned brothers are getting their time to shine but, shall I say it… Does MTV think that darker skinned black women are unattractive? Gasp…. I am an avid watcher and I think that is the problem, I continue to accept their B.S. I am getting too old for this. I think I am going to take my own advice and stop watching. Besides, how much more can I allow MTV to shove their blatant disdain for black people in my face, like a piece of cake!

  2. Saundre' says:

    Just to piggy back off of your analysis, something else that needs to be discussed is the lack of presence of the darker skinned African American Woman. I mean, is it me or does MTV think that only bi-racial or lighter skinned African American Women exist in the world? The last darker skinned woman on the show was Kameela, from the Boston cast and that was in the 90’s! By the way, Kameela was brown skinned. They have had darker guys on the show for the past couple of seasons i.e. Theo, Steven, Neamiah, Tyrie… and the list can go on! I am happy that my darker skinned brothers are getting their time to shine but, shall I say it… Does MTV think that darker skinned black women are unattractive? Gasp…. I am an avid watcher and I think that is the problem, I continue to accept their B.S. I am getting too old for this. I think I am going to take my own advice and stop watching. Besides, how much more can I allow MTV to shove their blatant disdain for black people in my face, like a piece of cake!

  3. Saundre' says:

    Just to piggy back off of your analysis, something else that needs to be discussed is the lack of presence of the darker skinned African American Woman. I mean, is it me or does MTV think that only bi-racial or lighter skinned African American Women exist in the world? The last darker skinned woman on the show was Kameela, from the Boston cast and that was in the 90’s! By the way, Kameela was brown skinned. They have had darker guys on the show for the past couple of seasons i.e. Theo, Steven, Neamiah, Tyrie… and the list can go on! I am happy that my darker skinned brothers are getting their time to shine but, shall I say it… Does MTV think that darker skinned black women are unattractive? Gasp…. I am an avid watcher and I think that is the problem, I continue to accept their B.S. I am getting too old for this. I think I am going to take my own advice and stop watching. Besides, how much more can I allow MTV to shove their blatant disdain for black people in my face, like a piece of cake!

  4. Saundre' says:

    Just to piggy back off of your analysis, something else that needs to be discussed is the lack of presence of the darker skinned African American Woman. I mean, is it me or does MTV think that only bi-racial or lighter skinned African American Women exist in the world? The last darker skinned woman on the show was Kameela, from the Boston cast and that was in the 90’s! By the way, Kameela was brown skinned. They have had darker guys on the show for the past couple of seasons i.e. Theo, Steven, Neamiah, Tyrie… and the list can go on! I am happy that my darker skinned brothers are getting their time to shine but, shall I say it… Does MTV think that darker skinned black women are unattractive? Gasp…. I am an avid watcher and I think that is the problem, I continue to accept their B.S. I am getting too old for this. I think I am going to take my own advice and stop watching. Besides, how much more can I allow MTV to shove their blatant disdain for black people in my face, like a piece of cake!

  5. Kameela! Oh ya. MTV won’t do that again. She’s too smart. She was studying biology or something along those lines at Stanford. Super sleepy yawn!

    All jokes aside. I appreciate your comment. I don’t think showing the light-skinned black girl or embracing biracial=black=as dark as it gets for tv formula is unique to MTV, however. You bring up a good point that I need to sit on for a moment. Why would they go for dark skinned black men over women? or are they even thinking about it like that?

  6. I feel identical to you. I haven’t watched in many years and took this season on hoping things would have changed in the past many years, but it’s simply worse. I’ve made it through the first three episodes and things continue to tread an awful path. If they do, the towell will officially be tossed in on my end as well.

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