After two seasons of Laguna Beach, some residents of the community have had enough. As production on the third season begins, “[t]hey plan to boycott businesses that allow filming, petition the council to condemn the show and encourage individuals to disrupt shooting,” according to the Telegraph.
Among other things, families are reportedly moving to Laguna or renting houses in order to ensure that their kids can attend the high school and maybe appear on TV, and some teenagers are reportedly “undergoing plastic surgery to increase their chances of being cast.”
Resident Howard Hills says, “There is a groundswell of community opposition. Initially people were star struck — parents and kids. But now they are beginning to realise this is not what Laguna Beach is about. Our town and our kids are better than that.”
“That,” according to Derek Ostensen, “is exploitative, sensationalist and all about titillation” from “sexy, dizzy blondes and lascivious young men.” Ostensen, who the paper says “tries to step in front of the cameras whenever he sees crews filming,” maintains that this is not representative of the community. “Laguna has historically stood for noble principles such as art, education, the environment and community togetherness. The only principle MTV stands for is exploiting youth for profit,” he said.