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Laguna Beach resident says show has “violated” the community

Residents of the real Laguna Beach are still bitching about the MTV series Laguna Beach.

The same resident, Howard Hills, who bitched previously to the Telegraph now tells USA TODAY that the “show has hijacked our identity, and people are beginning to feel violated.” Maybe MTV should show all that community violation.

Others, however, say the show is quite an accurate depiction. Activist Debi Cortez tells the paper, “I’ve had arguments with people who say it makes us look like a bunch of spoiled white people. Well, have you looked at the demographics of Laguna? We may not think we’re privileged, but we are.”

Dieter’s mother, Pam Schmitz, notes that “the fact that the crew can’t film on school property means students are ‘more one-dimensional’ on screen than in real life,” USA TODAY reports. Ironically, it was a decision made by the community’s school board to not allow filming at the school that led to this. Thus, it’s basically all their fault.

The real Laguna Beach disdains its MTV image [USA TODAY]

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