I think we’re supposed to be scandalized by the revelation that the cast of the Jersey Shore, and supposedly many other reality show participants, signed a contract with the following clause:
“Producer hereby informs me, and I acknowledge and accept, that the other participants have not been screened for any diseases, sicknesses or other health conditions (and specifically have not been tested for any sexually transmitted diseases) and I assume all risks of interacting with the other participants, including any consensual contact.”
This was uncovered by author and entertainment journo Seth Kaufman as he researched his reality-TV set novel, The King of Pain. Kaufman explained to the New York Daily News that TV insiders told him this kind of clause is common.
It makes perfect sense to us that our parent corporation and others like it don’t want to be held accountable for any nasty consequences of hot-tub hookups. And actually, this, rehab and drunken fight arrests are basically the only things Snooki, the Situation and company have to take responsibility for in life. If MTV’s set you up with a job, a sweet place to live, constant companionship, booze money (we’re just assuming) and random recreational activities, the least you could do is take care of your own, er, reproductive health. They probably even have a stash of free condoms in the house, just in case, right?