Not too long ago, MTV's show "The Duel II" aired for the first time on MTV. It's a show where former cast members of "Road Rules" and "The Real World" square off in a number of challenges. After getting to the house, the contestants start hanging out, and having fun. Diem and CJ use to date, but now have gone their seperate ways although there is still an emotional connection between the two.CJ goes off with one of the female contestants and comes back with the female contestant giggling.
Rumors now start to fly that CJ had sex with her, and while Diem is discussing it with fellow contestant Adam, CJ spies the two in their intense discussion. Later on Diem gets info from one of the girls that CJ did have sex with the female contestant she saw earlier, and confronts CJ about it. Although the two are no longer together this confrontation gets hot, and CJ goes off to find Adam whom he believes told Diem about the rumored sexual encounter. CJ and Adam get into it, and a brawl, the likes of which has not been seen in the MTV reality universe, ensues which ends up with CJ and Adam getting kicked off the show.
Now here's where it REALLY gets laughable. The next day, the contestants meet for their first challenge. Before introducing the two guys who will be replacing CJ and Adam, the host of the show declares that "fighting is not condoned on "The Challenge", then proceeds to lead them through their first challenge which is a modified game of rugby - which is basically an organized fight albeit with participants holding an oblong, multicolored ball.
So MTV doesn't condone fighting on it's hot new reality show. Really? So I guess the reason they take emotionally unstable 20 year olds, many of which hold grudges against each other, and put them altogether under the same roof, with booze and alcohol is so that they can explore their inner child, and meditate to find peaceful alternatives to their explosive outbursts. But let's be fair. Fights do break out over misunderstandings all the time, so perhaps this is just one of those things that needs to be taken as a lesson learned, and now everyone can just let bygones be bygones, and move on right?
WRONG! Right after the premiere episode they had the "Road Rules / Real World Aftershow" where some of the contestants got together to discuss the big brawl. CJ was actually really humble on the Aftershow, and Adam, as always, presented himself in a very mature way. The thing that got me was that the host of the Aftershow mentioned that they were going to show clips of the brawl in slow motion, to which CJ protested. Anyone that has seen CJ in the past knows how much he likes to fight, so for him to say that he didn't want to see fight clips of himself in action let's you know something. Of course, MTV doesn't condone fighting, right?
Now don't get me wrong. All of this is very entertaining, and must be getting MTV some really good ratings if they actually took out the time to take 30 min to discuss a fight that only received a few minutes of air time. Not to mention this special Aftershow was shown after the FIRST episode, instead of after the season finale. But let's call a spade a spade. Fighting is what makes all these challenges interesting. Seeing who will betray whom keeps the audience on the edge of their seats, and keeps them coming back for more. But I guess for legal reasons it has to be stated that fighting is not "condoned" even though all the elements that would help to provoke fighting are in place.
Hopefully, this playing both sides of the fence doesn't come back to bite MTV in the butt like it did Dana White, CEO of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Tito Ortiz, well know for his brash behavior, was told by Dana that he would never (and I mean NEVER) be allowed to come back to the octagon.
A couple of months later, Tito was back for the simple reason that he is a very strong box office draw, and Dana ended up looking like a complete idiot. It's nice to have morals, but let's face it. If the name of the company is the "Ultimate Fighting Championship" then rude, and unruly behavior should be expected, as should the same thing from those who participate in the reality shows for MTV. Trying to say that you don't "condone" such behavior is insulting to people's intelligence.
But maybe I'm being jaded. Maybe those who are in the MTV audience really do believe that MTV doesn't condone fighting. Sure a fight breaks out every so often, but perhaps people don't expect it, or look forward to seeing that kind of thing. Maybe. For now, I will openly admit that I'm curious how this show plays out. I've seen some clips of upcoming episodes, and it looks like that once again the "uncondoned" behavior breaks out among some of the other contestants. Hopefully, there's enough replacement players waiting in the wings ready to help keeps things running. After all, the show must go on (not to mention the Aftershow).
TAKE MY POLL ABOUT FIGHTING ON MTV!
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