MTV’s The Real World is casting for its 27th season, and one place it is looking for cast members may seem somewhat unlikely: the Occupy Wall Street movement.
A very brief Craiglist ad asks, “Are you a part of the OCCUPY WALL STREET movement? If so, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The Los Angeles Times reports that “a spokesperson for Bunim/Murray [said] the casting call is simply a way to cast a wide net in keeping with the show’s ‘tradition’ of bringing together an eclectic group of people. An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator is not a definitive role they’re looking to fill, the spokesperson said.”
The show has at least attempted to cast people who are a bit more substantive in recent seasons, and although this may seem a bit opportunistic and ridiculous, it also makes sense, because this movement includes a wide range of people, including those in the show’s demographic. And for a prospective cast member, the show could be an interesting platform for communicating ideas to a new audience. If there’s time to show that between the drunken make-out fights, of course.