I Can’t Stand RWDC Haters

No, but seriously.  I lived here for over two years and grew accustomed to the strengths and weaknesses of this fine town.  Now I’m back this summer for a span of about three months and it seems like all anyone is talking about is The Real World filming here for the next five months.  What kills me, though, is all of the pretentious bastards who take the time to complain about it.  Honestly, is it really affecting you that negatively?  You whine and bitch and moan about these eight strangers, picked to live in a house, and have their lives taped.  Yet you can’t really come up with any concrete reasons why you’re so angry.

“They have bright lights outside their house and it bothers me.” I guess that’s legit.  Because, you know, we don’t live in a major metropolitan area with bright lights and loud noises.  Major movies never film here or disrupt our daily lives while blocking out scenes, altering traffic flow, or, you guessed it, setting up lights.  Besides – it’s Dupont Circle, people.  It’s not like their house is in Fox Hall or Woodley Park; Dupont is used to being pretty active and bustling at all times.  Some lights outside your house for a few months aren’t going to ruin your life.

“Sometimes when they’re walking, they take up the sidewalks.” You’re kidding me, right?  You live in DC.  Have you ever even seen a tourist family?  It’s a pretty solid bet that they’ll walk in clumps of four, completely abreast, in the middle of rush hour traffic.  Or maybe you just disappear for the entirety of intern season.  Quit your whining, twat.

“One of their camera guys pushed me.” Apparently we’re in the second grade, and someone’s a tattle tale.  You’re a grown up now – sometimes people are mean.  Sometimes you get pushed around a little.  Sometimes, when you get on the Metro, the people who are already on the car don’t shift toward the middle when the doors open.  Every now and then, people won’t even like you, and they might even call you names.  It’s pretty tough out there in the Real World, huh?

Let go of your bitter bullshit and just have some fun with it.

Let go of your bitter bullshit and just have some fun with it.

Then there’s THIS GUY.  What a piece of work.  You set up a blog with your friends to poop on the presence of the Real World cast, blogging obsessively about every tiny thing they do that pisses you off.  It kind of just makes you look like a douche. Not only the way this guy talks about scoring with Republican chicks but also the sheer glee he feels at the thought of judging people is beyond pitiful.  I mean, I am the first person to admit that I can be a snobbish prick and I judge people far too much.  But there is just something about this post that smacks of desperation.  Calling yourself a professional writer in DC is like calling yourself educated because you finished high school.  You’re the reason that people hate the exclusive and cliquish social scene of DC.  Plus, you lost all credibility with this conversation:

Ashley, from the RW Cast: “Well so many people do, I mean, I guess if I lived somewhere, and a reality tv show came to town and went to my bars and restaurants, I’d be a little pissed too, but we’re just normal people, like everyone else.”
Douchebag blogger: “But, you aren’t, because you are being followed by cameras…”
Ashley: “But before we were followed by cameras, we were just like anyone else.”
Douchebag blogger: “Well, yes and no, I mean, my friends and I wouldn’t ever have cameras follow us around and EVERY ONE of us works in media. By the way, can I buy you a drink?”

You.  Tool.  You not only dropped that you work in the media (which, again, could be any crappy periodical/website in this city.  Something tells me he isn’t on the Post’s payroll), but you sold out by trying to get in her pants.  You went out of your way to be hateful to these people for months without even so much as knowing what their names were beforehand.  Now you meet one and find out she’s actually a pretty decent human being, and you melt into a puddle of lame sauce.

Then you people have the audacity to get upset because people called you out on your whining?  You actually made an entire post about the fact that some people said some mean things when it turned out that you were complete and utter losers.  Not only is your website not funny, it’s borderline compulsive in its desperate attention-seeking behavior.  No, I didn’t expect you to be bullies or shout obscenities or, heaven forbid, hit her.  To be perfectly honest, if you even came close to hitting her, we would have a whole new problem on our hands.  Yet, claiming that you were trying to be a humor blog and lacking any kind of real comedy is pathetic.  One of your contributors clearly prides himself on his cynical view point of the world, and had no problem making fun of someone for putting some mainstream radio hits on the jukebox.  This coming from the same person who most likely thinks Kings of Leon are cutting edge indie rock.  The second that one of the cast member actually engages him in conversation, though, he melts like a fan boy.  He is the stereotypical outsider from high school who spent three years hating the popular crowd until that fateful day when he was assigned to a group project with the head cheerleader/quarterback/Hot Person Cliché and urinated himself with uncontainable glee.

Have fun at Wonderland tonight.

Have fun at Wonderland tonight.

The RWDC haters assume that every person in the house is a total waste of space, a completely douchetastic stereotype that should be ridiculed non-stop.  Guess what?  The same could be said for the bulk of DC.  I mean, seriously, people, the hipsters hate the frat guys and the gays hate the hipsters and everyone hates the Republicans.  Who even cares any more?  I’m not saying I don’t fall prey to some of this petty middle school inanity every now and then, but what do you think you’re going to accomplish by vilifying some kids who wanted to go on MTV and learn about themselves?  Yes, they’re going to get drunk and fight and probably hook up once or twice, and I am the first to note that The Real World has significantly gone down in quality in years of late.  You know you’re just bitter because they’re doing the same exact thing you do every weekend without the national media attention.  Besides, and here’s a really revolutionary thought – let’s wait until we actually get to know these people before throwing them under the Metro bus.



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17 responses to “I Can’t Stand RWDC Haters

  1. If you don’t go to annoying places you won’t see them anyway. Problem solved.

    We live in a city. Deal.

    Exactly my point. Quit whining and grow the fuck up.

    • YES

      I have been hoping someone would address the fact that the “Anti-Real Worlder” tried to buy Ashley a drink. He’s a joke.

      I hear the housemates are all cool people with some interesting pasts and ideas on life. I’d love to chat with any of them.

      I love the city and not so much MTV, but REALLY!?!? Pretentious assholes are everywhere, and they are giving themselves way too much credit for being “cool” and anti-mainstream. Leave the kids alone. If they want to make bad decisions in front a camera while drunk, it’s their life, not anyone else’s.

      They seem like pretty decent kids this time around. Hopefully they’ll be an entertaining season without all of the manufactured drama.

  2. YEAH. Thank you. (But they will probably now whine that you are a TV plant set on creating positive propaganda for the real world blah blah blah.)

    Heaven forbid someone actually stick up for the kids in the house. Especially considering they started by attacking their personalities and quickly devolved to mentioning the physical features (or make up use) of the housemates. Petty middle schoolers, I tell you.

  3. “You know you’re just bitter because they’re doing the same exact thing you do every weekend without the national media attention.”

    Everybody is cashing on this and it’s been something I’ve noticed and I totally agree with. They are bitter that C-List fame (which appears more attainable) is on their doorstep and they want a piece.

    When movies are shot here we look, take a photo, and walk away. But when a reality show is here all of a sudden we think we can be part of the action as well.

    Well played, good sir. Well played, indeed.

  4. JFo

    This post deserves a slow clap. I first checked out the Anti-RWDC site a couple of days ago and saw this post: http://antirealworlddc.blogspot.com/2009/07/where-dbags-tread.html

    Apparently drinking a beer outside your house in the afternoon qualifies you as a douchebag. If that’s the case, then I should have a Summer’s Eve logo tattooed on my forehead given the number of times I’ve done that.

    Until the Anti-RWDC posts a story about a cast member running over someone’s dog, hitting an old lady, or pushing a kid off his bike, there’s no credibility to the hating.

    Couldn’t agree more. Your comment deserves a slow clap.

  5. I don’t think it’s the kids that bother them. It’s the annoying fame fcukers that troll the websites like Gawker and show up at these places so they can try to get some contact with fame. Like the annoying asswipes that would show up to a bar in popped collars for weeks after there was a Jenna Bush sighting. My favorite watering hole was approached by a location scout for the show, but luckilly they said that they weren’t interested.

    They do tend to focus their hatred on the cast members and crew and not so much the people who stalk. Nevertheless, good point.

  6. Carylmarx

    The caption “Have fun at Wonderland tonight.” sums it up. Haters hating haters. Maybe i should misspell something in this post so you have something to hate?

    My point there is that the blog has, in the post, worshiped places like Wonderland and Black Cat for specifically coming out against the RWDC. I was not hating on WB loyals as much as calling ARWDC on their pettiness in bar patronage.

  7. Jessica

    Yes. Thank you for calling out all the whiners in this city. I happen to be a fan of Real World, and in a city where things are going on all the time, having the Real World crew and cast in town can’t possibly be that bad. They have a few bars and clubs that they frequent and unless you go to those every single night, you probably won’t be bumping into them. I too, am getting sick and tired of reading posts about how badly they are going to mess up the city. Please people, get over it and yourselves.

    Nothing else to say – just deal with it.

  8. Oli

    You and your writing are amazing! GREAT POINTS, agree with you 100% on everything!!! I even met some of them and they really seem to be good people so I hope they enjoy their time here… Hope you do, too!

    Haha, I’m sure I’ll be fine – I love spending any time in DC possible. It’s great to be back!

  9. Scott

    I agree. The “anti-real-world” people are going to end up looking like the real douches. MTV and the RW editors will have the final say on that.

    I also wonder how many of them tried to get on RW and were rejected at some point?

    Brightest Young Things – hah!

    The backlash against them (ARWDC) has been swift and severe. I don’t really understand what they’re trying to prove.

  10. Derwin

    Thanks for the post! Spot on. I was under the impression that the Anti-Real World blog was going to be clever and cunning – but unfortunately, the Anti-Real World crew are just another group of sycophant wanna-be’s using reverse psychology to end up on the show. LOSERS.

    Couldn’t have summed it up better myself.

  11. Completely agree. It’s one thing if you are annoyed with the crew if they bump into you or block your interview, or maybe the extra traffic filming may bring, but to dump on the cast before you meet them is just lame. It’s 8 people in a whole freakin’ city. Chances are, they won’t even be a blip on your radar if you just let them be.

    To be totally honest, it’s not like they spend the whole time drinking on the porch and screaming at each other. They’re pretty spread out around the city at this point.

  12. good

    Thank you!
    Even though I don’t exactly think RW casts are rocket scientists and role models, I think the RWDC whining is ridiculous for all the points you said. They also repeatedly posted the cameraguy’s name, website, and contact info encouraging people to harass him. Low!

    Seems like the ARWDC people aren’t exactly role models, either. Way to go, champs.

  13. boo, when was the last time you went to wonderland. it’s not really hipsterrrrrific anymore. and really, DC hipsters are like a pale imitation of, for instance, williamsburg hipsters. which i can’t tell is a good thing or a bad thing.

    anyways, 2 weeks and we can have a reunion. and we will not discuss the real world.

  14. also, i realize my comment is completely unrelated to your post. i know you wouldn’t expect any less of me.

  15. Lobbylou

    What a breath of fresh air! I made a comment on the Post’s web site in response to some person who was gleefully making plans to sabotage the filming of RWDC. I was like, “why don’t you try either a) being hospitable, or b) ignoring it all?” The commentators then accused me of wanting to be on or be associated with the show. No, I’m just an adult who has learned to navigate this city by pursuing what interests me and avoiding what turns me off.

  16. Wait. You’re in DC? How did I not know this? I’ve been absent for too long, apparently. Holler at your girl, yo.

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