MTV’s Sorority Life led sororites to not “cooperate with … the media.”

MTV’s Sorority Life led sororites to not “cooperate with … the media.”
In Alexandra Robbins’ new book Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities, she reveals that MTV’s Sorority Life had a bigger impact than one may have suspected. Attempting to get permission to hang around a sorority house, Robbins was told by a sorority’s national executive director, “Because of the MTV show, all of the national sororities have decided on a blanket policy not to cooperate with any members of the media. It’s just not appropriate at this time.” Another sorority director told her, “We’re gun-shy. We’ve gotten several media calls even this week and we’re turning them all down.” Every one of the “twenty-six member groups of the National Panhellenic Conference, which was established in 1902 to oversee the historically white national sororities, had laid down the law” and refused her requests because of MTV’s reality series. In an excerpt from her book published on MSNBC.com, Robbins writes that “The show had infuriated sororities nationwide, who believed that MTV had overly sensationalized life in a sorority house and concentrated only on the girls’ drinking and catty fights.”

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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.