What is it like having the Real World: Seattle cast living and playing in the neighborhood? Ask Capitol Hill resident Julia Aaker about her recent brush with the production inside a Pike/Pine bar over the weekend.
“That’s what made me mad!” she tells CHS of the moment when an apparent Real World producer intervened to stop a bouncer from removing a foul-mouthed bigot from the bar Aaker and friends were in Saturday night. Aaker says the producer wanted to keep the creep in the scene for the reality TV shoot.
Aaker’s tale played out in a series of Tweets Saturday night about the strange episode that involved homophobic language and pouring a drink on two women brave enough to speak up:
Lemme tell you what I just saw during the filming of the real world in #Seattle
— Julia Aaker (@julialaurenaa) August 21, 2016
Aaker tells CHS the night started with her and a group of friends paying cover at a Pike/Pine bar to watch the big UFC fight.
As they watched the under-carders beat on each other and the main bout approached, their waitress came out to tell the group they would either need to order more food or move to another area of the bar — the Real World was coming and owners wanted a festive scene with lots of food.
The production crew was also looking for more than an onscreen fight. Aaker said one male patron began shouting slurs during the fight “Gonna get you, you fucking faggot… bitch ass nigga!” After women at another table began arguing with the patron, Aakers said it sounded like a member of the Real World crew came over to tell the male that with his yelling, they weren’t going to be able to use the scenes being shot that night. But the message apparently had a different effect on the patron. He left the area around the cameras and quickly returned, throwing a drink on the women. As the bar’s security descended, Aaker’s moment of anger came. The MTV producer yelled “Don’t kick him out,” and continued the shoot inside the bar.
“The producers of the show made the bar not throw this pathetic excuse for a man out of the bar because it added good drama,” Aakers said via Twitter.
Earlier this summer, CHS reported on the agreement Real World creators were requiring local businesses sign to be part of the production. Some agreed, many did not. The contract includes some choice passages illustrative of the art of reality television:
Producer shall have the right to refer to the Property by its actual name or any fictitious name, and the right to attribute actual or fictitious events as occurring on the Property, and the right to replicate the Property and use such replication in Producer’s sole discretion.
The show’s 32nd season represents a return to Seattle for the franchise. According to fan sites, season 32 features double the roommates as “a broken’ friendship, relationship, etc.” joins each of the original seven cast members in the house. Introducing 14 people to the neighborhood, there are bound to be a few run-ins here and there and most Tweets and Facebook posts about encountering the cast are more of the excited, brush-with-celebrity type than what Aakers encountered Saturday night.
Aakers, who has lived on Capitol Hill for four years, says before this weekend, the Real World wasn’t much more than a nuisance — apparently the crew sometimes films near the gym where Aakers works out — but now she’s disappointed to have the MTV show be part of the neighborhood.
“If we’re not kicking people out, that’s just letting it slips through the crack,” she said talking about the weekend incident Monday afternoon. “We’re letting this irrelevant TV show dictate how our businesses are being run.”