Real World DC camera operator apologizes for harassing news crew

A camera operator for The Real World DC who interrupted a local affiliate’s interview with a fan outside of the house has apologized for his actions, perhaps because he’s now being harassed himself.

After camera operator Ryan Romkema childishly got into a WUSA crew’s shot, those annoyed by the show’s presence got even more annoyed, and they had a target: After identifying him, some people posted photos and info and others Tweeted where he works when he’s not shooting–and one person even posting his possible address (I won’t link to that, especially because his critics have no idea if that’s actually his address).

Thursday, WUSA correspondent Lindsey Mastis posted a note she’d received from him:

Dear Lindsey Mastis,

I would like to extend an apology for my conduct on July 2. My actions on that day were ill advised and an overreaction to the pressures of the moment. Many people were and are excited for “The Real World DC” and the opportunities that lay ahead. A camera instruction was given to document the situation and it was too much. The nation’s capital has given a warm welcome to “The Real World DC” and it is our desire to present this great city in the best light possible. I regret my actions that day and hope you will accept this apology.

Ryan Romkema

Lindsey posted her reply, too: “Thank you for reaching out to me to apologize and explain your actions. I accept your apology.”

Romkema’s apology is very nice, but seems to get a little bit too warm and fuzzy when he says that the city “has given a warm welcome to” the show, which is not really true, since no city’s residents has ever stalked the cast and crew in quite the same way that people in DC now are.

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