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, 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.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.

A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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.