ALL the News about
Mormons, Mormonism
and the LDS Church
Mormon News: All the News about Mormons, Mormonism and the LDS Church
Posted 24 Feb 2001   For week ended June 11, 2000
Most Recent Week
Front Page
Local News
Arts & Entertainment
·New Products
·New Websites
·Mormon Stock Index
Letters to Editor
Continuing Coverage of:
Boston Temple
School Prayer
Julie on MTV
Robert Elmer Kleasen
About Mormon News
News by E-Mail
Weekly Summary
Submitting News
Submitting Press Releases
Volunteer Positions
Bad Link?

News about Mormons, Mormonism,
and the LDS Church
Sent on Mormon-News: 13Jun00

Summarized by Kent Larsen

Julie Debuts on 'Real World' Tonight
Salt Lake Tribune 11Jun00 P2
By Kirsten Stewart, Salt Lake Tribune

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- BYU student Julie's life for the past few months will come under public scrutiny tonight as the new season of MTV's "Real World debuts. While her status at BYU remains uncertain, many people will find out more about Julie and about the LDS Church through what she did during the past few months.

According to an article in Sunday's Salt Lake Tribune, Julie says she has no regrets for appearing on the show. While her religious beliefs became the focus of the show at times, she says she feels good about what she did, "I can't think of anything I did down there that would cause me embarrassment or regret," she told the Salt Lake Tribune.

For Julie, the annoying part is the criticism she has received for appearing in the show. She says members of her Wisconsin LDS Ward gave her "grief" for agreeing to do the show, and she says she has received "hate e-mails" from people, mainly fellow BYU students who don't even know her. "It's pretty immature for people to send hate mail to someone they know nothing about," she said. "It's easy to not drink or not have sex or go to strip clubs. But it's hard to go to your school and have people say, ' That's evil.' "

But Julie says that her family has warmed to the idea, and that she has received letters of support from many people. "My family's been awesome, and my close friends," she said. Initially, her family was bothered by the idea. Her mom was uneasy, and her father even flies to New Orleans during one of the episodes to try and convince her to come home. "We don't even have cable TV, and one of the reasons is that we don't approve of MTV," said her mother, Jan.

Julie adds that she was able to clear up the misconceptions among her roommates about many things, including whether Mormons can drink Coke, and even whether they can date or dance. "We have to stick our necks out and inform other people," Julie said. "If we're willing to look a little stupid for five minutes, then we'll learn too. Diversity is the name of the game," she said.

Meanwhile, the Boston Globe observes that shows like "Real World" are here to stay, part of the revolutionary changes that MTV has brought to television and to the movies. Its fast-edit, slick-graphic style have influenced movies, newscasts, ads, political campaigns, etc., and "The Real World's" success is also influential, if not for its style, then for the number of spin-offs and copy-cat shows that it has produced. Even mainstream network CBS has gotten into the game, with its new show "Survivor" and its forthcoming "Big Brother." And TV execs sat up and noticed when "Survivor" beat the popular "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" in the weekly ratings.

The Globe notes that each season of "Real World," which changes its cast entirely each season, has its own classic moments and style. The ninth season, including BYU student Julie, seems less 'promiscuous' than the last, according to the Globe. Among the dramatic tensions the Globe foresees, include religious conflict between Julie's Mormonism and fellow castmember Matt's closely-held Catholicism.

Also writing about this season's 'Real World' is Rolling Stone, which reveals the producer's process and discussions around casting the show. The producers looked carefully at each of the cast members, looking for extroverts, those with strong points of view, a good sense of humor, and fearless about telling their stories. In Julie's case, Rolling Stone chronicle's her reaction to an interview question in which she was asked if she commits a personal sexual act that Mormons consider a sin. Her reaction was, according to the article, a shrieks, "Eww! No. That's gross."

But in spite of Julie's strong reaction, some of the producers worry that her naivete will mean that she is too fragile to make it through the season. But, they also decide that her naivete is one of her most appealing qualities. The producers say that some of the best candidates for the show are those that aren't familiar with it. In the end, the producers decide that Julie will work, and that her naivete and religion will make good TV.

See also:

'Real World' keeps turning
Boston Globe pgF01 13Jun00 P2
By Matthew Gilbert: Globe Staff
MTV's reality based soap opera opens 9th season

What is real?
Rolling Stone pg71 22Jun00 P2
By Katherine Marsh


[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Kent Larsen · Privacy Information