On September 17, MTV is getting ready to show off a new reality show called “Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Island“. Much like Survivor, it’s supposed to show a bunch of people “roughing it” while completing tasks, acting like asses, and other dramatic moments.
As one would expect, the real “reality” is much less exciting. In fact, as was recently reported by Michael Drake on the Tree Climber’s Coalition site, not only is the show basically scripted and shot in and around civilization, but it also appears to have done a good deal of environmental damage. Drake, along with others living on Boca del Drago Island in the Republic of Panama witnessed MTV clear a large section of rainforest for the set construction. In addition, they also trashed a pristine beach, disturbed a bird sanctuary island “off-limits” to human visitations, and left behind an insane amount of garbage, set debris, and refuse.
As Drake wrote, “MTV’s behavior in this situation has been rampantly inconsistent with their self-proclaimed ‘MTV Green Crusade’. I sense a bit of hypocrisy and I question their commitment toward being ‘green’.”
Of course, it’s not uncommon for television and movie productions to adversely impact their surroundings. The uproar surrounding the environmental damage done by DiCaprio’s film The Beach back in ’99 comes to mind as something similar. What is surprising is that in this time of supposed “awareness” of these issues — and the efforts being done by studios like MTV to address them — that such a production would proceed forward without any care towards its impact. Not to mention the fact that they somehow figured nobody would care? Or talk about it online?
I encourage you to check out Drake’s full report on MTV’s negligence in Panama over on the Tree Climber’s Coalition site. These personal reports are vital for keeping tabs on what’s really happening behind the scenes — and we thank him for bringing it front and center. So MTV, what’s the story?