October 25, 2011 9:17am PT by Rebecca Ford
Occupy Wall Street: MTV Plans 'True Life' Episode
MTV’s documentary series True Life has covered a wide range of topics, including "I Live in a Brothel," "I'm Going to Fat Camp," "I'll Do Anything for Money" and "I Don't Like My Small Breasts." Now, the show, which has been around since 1998, is taking on the recent New York protests with “I’m Occupying Wall Street.”
MTV announced that an episode about young demonstrators will air on Saturday, November 5 at 6 p.m. ET/PT. MTV embedded its cameras over a two-week period with three young people in New York City.
PHOTOS: The Scene at Occupy Wall Street
The show will follow Bryan, one of the leaders of the Occupy Wall Street sanitation team. While camping out in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, he becomes fearful that the city will use sanitation issues as an excuse to evict the protesters. Viewers will also meet Kait and Caitlin, two college students worried that they won’t be able to find jobs when they graduate. The pair tries to recruit their friends to join the cause and work to keep spirits high among the occupants.
Since 1998, True Life has covered more than 140 topics, from drug addiction to body issues and sexual topics.
VIDEO: Occupy Wall Street: Alec Baldwin Visits the Protesters
Last week, reports circulated that an ad on Craigslist from the creators of MTV’s The Real World was looking for Occupy Wall Street protestors to join the cast. Representatives from Bunim/Murray confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the post was theirs, adding the company frequently targets specific groups in a similar manner to find a diverse cast.
The Occupy Wall Street protests began in mid-September in Zuccotti Park. The protesters have been demonstrating against corporate greed and corruption. Actors and filmmakers, including Susan Sarandon, Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin and Mark Ruffalo, have dropped by the protests to express their support.