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'Real World' Producer Ruins Glory's Day

Glory, mascot for the Washington Freedom, greeting local soccer players in Maryland in May. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

"The Real World": Isn't putting cameras up in their faces the whole point?

(Photo illustration by The Washington Post.)

The cast of the latest season of the MTV reality series, now almost three weeks into D.C. filming, took in the Washington Freedom's match against St. Louis Athletica at RFK on Saturday, trailed by the usual camera crew.

The photogenic unknowns were friendly and cheery, calling Glory, the mascot for the women's soccer team, up into the stands for high-fives. They happily posed for photos -- but when a season-ticket holder snapped an image for Glory, a producer insisted he delete the photo from his camera.

"You're in a public domain with a lot of people who already know who you are -- what's the fuss?" said Glory, who asked that we not use his real name in deference to mascot tradition. "With the attitude of the producers, perhaps they should be on 'Big Brother.' "

By The Reliable Source  |  July 20, 2009; 1:02 AM ET
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If the MTV crew does not want people taking pictures then they need to keep the cast sequestered inside. This could be a fun couple of months if people step up and make the production hell for B-M. There is more than enough legal support for the public simply shooting a few pictures for personal use.

Posted by: skipper7 | July 20, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

I'm the photographer to whom the article refers. I deleted the photos so I wouldn't cause any problems. The cast was nice and had absolutely no problem with me snapping the pictures of them with the mascot. It wasn't like I was obnoxious, either. I welcomed them to DC and told them to enjoy their stay. It makes me wonder why cities would bend over backwards to accommodate MTV if the producers then turn around and are rude to that city's residents.

Posted by: stwasm | July 20, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Well, stwasm, why are you wondering why cities bend over backwards when you bent over frontwards to them? You didn't want to cause any problems?? Geez, dude, they're just reality show producers, not the Secret Service. I would have taken a few more photos just to irritate them.

Posted by: 7900rmc | July 20, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

What's funny about that, Glory was at Rhino Bar on Thursday along with some Freedom players doing a promotion for the double header. One of the cast members from the Real World now "works" there and took some pictures with them. The RW cameras were not there yet to interfere I suppose.

Posted by: roteki | July 20, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

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