Angry neighbors get concessions from producers of Real World San Diego

Producers for The Real World have agreed to some concessions after angry neighbors who live near the new house in San Diego made demands at a meeting held by a city council member, although some of them want production shut down completely.

Producers will pay for a police officer to guard the house, and code enforcement has inspected the lights on the house and asked producers to fix them, according to The La Jolla Light, which reported that neighbors “insisted their neighborhood be compensated by MTV’s hiring round-the-clock security, and that bright lights on homes rooftop be dimmed or elminated completely.”

Earlier, neighbors outlined their complaints in a meeting with councilwoman Sherri Lightner. In a story about those complaints, The La Jolla Light noted that the show is spending $6 million, including 1,700 nights in hotels for crew members. A San Diego Police Department lieutenant said producers have “been very cooperative with everything we’ve asked them to do, and, from a police perspective, we’ve not had any problems there whatsoever.”

Demands, other than the ones that were met, included MTV giving $100,000 to charity (“You take something, you give something back,” resident Bob Asaro said) and dealing with multiple smelly trash cans, according to San Diego’s 10 News.

Best of all, one of two “young people” leaving the house told that local news station’s camera crew, “That’s not allowed. I should break that camera.” There’s so much that’s mind-blowing about those eight words that I don’t even know where to begin. If it’s a cast member who volunteered to be filmed a national television show, that’s just idiotic, and not just because they seem to have reversed the fundamental principles behind public and private property.

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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.