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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 06/26/2009

Got Plans? Redux: Real World, Pro & (Mostly) Con

By Julia Beizer

Yesterday's chat was a good old-fashioned grab bag. We talked about FreeFest tickets, Artomatic picks, Caribbean Carnival and even answered a few questions about next week's Fourth of July festivities.

We also delved into everyone's favorite topic these days: The Real World in D.C. Most of you, it seems, are decidedly against the show's arrival in town. Prompting some (me included) to wonder where all the backlash is coming from. This led to a fuller debate about whether people in D.C. are judgmental and/or haters. Read the full transcript to check out the debate. (You should have heard the Fritz-Julia verbal argument about it during chat time. Awesome as always.)

A few good comments came in after the chat ended. I've posted them after the jump. Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments.

-- Julia

D.C.: I don't think the reaction to the Real World is particularly D.C. -- there's whole term for this: NIMBY, Not In My Back Yard. We're all happy to generate tons of garbage but then someone proposes a landfill in our neighborhood and all of a sudden, we're big environmentalists. Just like it's easy to say, a TV show dedicated to encouraging drunken obnoxious behavior is not a big deal, until it's filmed next door to your house. Plus I think D.C.'s size is a factor -- something like that just blends in more easily in NYC or London, which have 8-9 million people. D.C. has, what, 600,000, and is on average a pretty staid, residential place. Especially the street the house is on. The Dupont Circle house tour features million dollar rowhouses there all the time. It's not frat row or Red Hook Brooklyn or whatever... Also, we're hearing about it because we live here. Maybe Parisians weren't happy either, but do we all read Le Monde?

Washington, D.C.: Just for those going back and forth about how D.C. is reacting to the RWers -- having lived in another city while it was hosting a RW cast, I can say from experience that the D.C. reaction of dread and disgust is pretty much the norm. So don't blame on the people who live here, who you've decided are rude, stuckup, etc. Blame it on the idiot children that MTV forces onto people who didn't ask for them.

Washington, D.C.: Re: D.C. Haters

I'm born and raised in D.C. DC is transient. It tends to be the people from out of town (working on the hill) who think they're big shots that tend to be haters. Native Washingtonians are awesome.

I think it's awesome the Real World is in town and can't wait to see it on TV, but yes, I'm a little insulted it took them so long to film here.

By Julia Beizer  | June 26, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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