MTV denied permission to film on campus at USC for Sorority Life 3.

MTV denied permission to film on campus at USC for Sorority Life 3.
The University of Southern California denied MTV’s request to film on campus as part of Sorority Life 3, which is following USC’s Zeta Sigma Phi sorority. The reason cited was a policy “we don’t do reality shows,” according to The Daily Trojan. The paper also reports that USC’s Office of Residential and Greek Life met with the sorority about the filming of the show; the office’s director said, “We in the university, not just (ORGL), are concerned based on other reality shows and what may emerge after editing.”

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.