Real World DC’s already-annoying cast and subtlety-deficient house previewed

After production ended recently, The Real World DC opened its doors to the media, and as a result, The Washington Post has an extensive preview of the house and its inhabitants. The house includes an Oval Office-like desk and bedrooms with Lincoln, Washington, and Reagan themes, and the confessional looks like the White House briefing room. Subtle.

It’s also a place of profound insight, with a handwritten sign that says, “A woman is like a tea bag–you never know how strong she is until put into hot water,” and also a place that has a hole in the wall from where Ty punched it instead of punching a person, he says. Awesomeness.

The Post’s story relentlessly mocks the cast, pointing out that “[t]hey use ‘driven’ and ‘electric’ often to describe themselves and Washingtonians. There is a faint, stale whiff of prepackaged buzzword, like they’ve been coached to brand the production before it airs Dec. 30.”

In the video, Andrew says it took him three weeks to figure out Metro–three!–even though it is by far the easiest and most well-labeled subway system I have ever seen.

The well-documented cast, for the record, consists of Josh Colon, 23, Philadelphia; Ashley Lindley, 22, Fort Bragg, Calif.; Mike Manning, 22, Thornton, Colo.; Ty Ruff, 22, Baltimore; Emily Schromm, 21, Columbia, Mo.; Callie Walker, 21, Huntsville, Texas; Erika Wasilewski, 21, Chicago; and Andrew Woods, 21, Denver.

Here’s a video preview of both the (filthy) house and the cast members, who manage to be annoying within one-eighth of a second:

We’re, like, uh, Earth to ‘Real World’ [Washington Post]

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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.