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5 years after the Real World, is Austin still struggling to recover its coolness?

2010 June 24

Y’all remember these people? Don’t they look like people who could be your BFFs? They’re actually a group of celebrities who lived in Austin 5 years ago-before Austin was ‘cool.’

Austin loves celebrities, and we welcomed them with open arms:

On, a site devoted to all things Real World, a member named “JLR” described one of Nehemiah’s earlier altercations. “People were screaming this is the REAAAAL WORLD and f**k the real world and go home get out of Austin,” JLR wrote on the site. [via Austin Chronicle]

Feel kinda sad for these folks. No matter where they went, they were stalked by paparazzi. Those vultures recorded every aspect of these celebs’ lives and then sold the footage to MTV. MTV then used the footage in one of those documentaries about celebrity life. It debuted 5 years ago this week.

While here, the celebrities had a chance to experience the ‘real Austin’ by getting out and seeing all the amazing things our city has to offer:

By all accounts, the Austin cast practically lived on Sixth Street, moving from club to club, seeing what they could stir up with cameras, production money, and a few bright lights. After Jamieson’s altercation, the entourage included off-duty Austin police officers, hired to provide security for the TV crews. [via Austin Chronicle]

Did you ever see them out on 6th St?

6th st 01

Remember when they got hella wasted and partied on 6th st?

drunk on 6th

Apparently, they liked to take body shots.
body shot

And hang out at Austin’s HOTTEST night club, Paradox!

dancing at club

Remember when that one dude got wasted on 6th and fell into some sort of roid rage?

fight on 6th

Where were you when that Boston bro got punched on 6th st?


Did you punch him?

Did you cry?


Do y’all remember the time the blonde chick got wasted and stripped?

When they were here, they really integrated well with the ‘common folk’ of Austin:

“The people were very, very rude. Everyone wanted a chance to get on camera and make an ass out of themselves. It was tough dealing with the locals. There’s always that bad person who yells at you and ruins your night. I realized after the first episode that I had to be careful. It’s really hard to deal with and it really gets to you.” [via Reality Blurred]

Kinda makes me feel sad for celebrities. They never get to ‘let loose’ and ‘have a good time’ without the cameras around. Do you think celebrities have it much harder than the rest of us?

Do you remember the mansion the celebs lived in? Since they left, it’s been converted into a series of restaurants that never seem to be successful. Do you think it’s cursed?

Kinda worried that Austin will never be as cool as it was during that season of the Real World. :(

Were you ‘into’ the Real World Austin when you were a kid?

What happened to those celebrities?

Do you think Austin is a welcoming place to celebrities?

Has a friend ever videoed you while you were ‘hella wasted’ and uploaded it to YouTube?

Have you ever done something stupid?

Did you used to ‘rage’ at Paradox on the weekends?


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11 Responses leave one →
  1. June 24, 2010

    yes. yes. yes. yes. and yes.

  2. June 24, 2010

    If I could line up all seven, I’d pimp slap all seven with one swing. I think the potential for Real World Austin being one of the best ever was there, but FAIL. I didn’t like how my city was presented on that show. There is so much more to this town than 6th Street. The first season and maybe a few more were interesting experiments, but when MTV realized how much sex and violence sells on the Real World, each seasoned seemed like a competition to out whore and out rage the previous season.

  3. June 25, 2010

    I really enjoyed SXSW that year, where you’d always see the camera crews taking footage of awesome bands, with no real worlders around, to be spliced into the show to make it look like they actually did something.

  4. Carlesbian permalink
    June 25, 2010

    Roary Dillo, you been reading too much HRO.

    • Roary Dillo permalink
      June 25, 2010

      Hahaha. I am what I read. I’m glad you caught my inspiration-which hopefully means you got the joke ;)

      • Carlesbian permalink
        June 28, 2010

        Like Oscar Wilde said, “Talent borrows, genius steals… y’all.”

        • Roary Dillo permalink
          June 28, 2010

          Sorry, Carlesbian: The world does not revolve around HRO. In fact, I just discovered it in early May. I’ve been blogging on here for a lot longer than that-and have been using “y’all” for a lot longer. And unlike HRO, we don’t really get a lot of negative comments on here or our Facebook page…just sayin.

  5. Carlesbian permalink
    June 30, 2010

    Uh, I didn’t mean that to be a negative comment. I simply meant to imply that everyone steals from everyone. Wilde didn’t mean it as a put-down, and neither did I. I stuck a ‘y’all’ on the end of it just to be funny. I guess the humor didn’t translate.

    I like RoA, and I’m a regular reader. I wasn’t aiming to discourage, so I’ll be sure to vet my attempts at humor a little more closely in the future before posting. Cheers.

    • Roary Dillo permalink
      June 30, 2010

      V + <3 + \m/ = :) to u !

    • Roary Dillo permalink
      June 30, 2010

      And sorry, Carlesbian, for not getting your humor. We get a lot of hate mail, so sometimes the light-hearted stuff gets misread :-/ Hug it out?

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