people rally, sign petitions to get The Real World to return to Philadelphia.

people rally, sign petitions to get The Real World to return to Philadelphia.
Hundreds of Philadelphia residents who are simply crushed that The Real World won’t be taping in their city after all signed petitions and even rallied to have the show return. The Philadelphia Daily News reports that “dozens turned out for a last-minute rally at 3rd and Market streets” while “[h]undreds signed a Daily News online petition to bring the show back.” The petition is a trove of anger and wit (“This is an absolute outrage.” “Damn labor unions.” “real world should stay in philly, because philly’s awesome!”) Even the mayor and governor of Pennsylvania, who apparently have slim agendas these days, pledged to get involved. Mayor John F. Street said he “will talk to them and see if there is anything we can do, and hopefully we can,” while a spokesperson for Governor Edward Rendell said “no one has reached out to him at this point, but that if someone did, he would do what he could.” First-season cast member Norman Korpi even weighed in: “I hope it works out and that the show does come here to Philadelphia.” But perhaps the best appeal of all comes from recent college graduate Jon Hermann, who runs CampusPhilly.org. He says, “I’ve gotten more phone calls about this than I have about anything else, ever. For people my age, having ‘Real World’ film here was even bigger than the X Games. From an emotional point of view, anyway, it was much, much bigger.”
+ also: building owner “threatened late Wednesday to withdraw plans for other Philadelphia development projects.”

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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.