Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It's Jersey Shore meets The West Wing...

In another of those coming of the Apocalypse signs, the people that brought you (not me, as I don't watch it) The Jersey Shore are casting for a political reality show:

Doron Ofir Casting, the epic star making company behind Jersey Shore, Nashville Star, Millionaire Matchmaker and The A-List officially confirms and announces the nationwide search for political activists with personalities that rally behind a cause and influence others to do the same.

Doron Ofir Casting, in association with a major cable network, is looking for young hot politicos who care about America, follow the heated debates, rallies, protests, and scandals! We are looking for people of all party affliliations or those who are unaffliated as long as you’re outspoken, fearless, free thinking, unbound, unleashed, unrestrained, appear to be between 21-35 and are politically active and telegenic. WE WANT YOU!

You’ve volunteered for a local political campaign, stood in protest, logged over a thousand comments on blogs, tweeted Fox News or CNN on a daily basis, you run your own blog, vlog, stream, podcast, and are still looking for the right forum to express yourself. Whatever the case, we want to hear from you!
It will be interesting to see if this show ever gets off the ground. While a political reality show sounds interesting at first glance (more West Wing than Jersey Shore, hopefully), I find it hard to see how this could work. Politics is about loyalty and public discretion, but reality television relies on conflict and nothing being off limits. Cautious talking points would make for dull TV, but the political version of "The Situation" would quickly find they have no future in organized politics.

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3 comments:

sharonapple88 said...

Scary enough, a reality show contestant from the Real World: Boston won a seat in Congress in Wisconsin so there's the chance that something like this might work.

sharonapple88 said...

I mean it might work in getting someone elected....

madhacktress said...

I dunno, I think this could work. I mean, imagine cameras following around Ann Coulter and Michael Moore who have agreed to be tied to the hip with each other for a month. People would watch that (I would watch that).

Also, a career in "organized politics" isn't what it's cracked up to be. In the era of the 24-hour news channel it's much more lucrative to be getting a pay cheque from Rupert Murdoch than it is from the Treasury Department (or the OMB, I'm not sure who issues congressional salary).