MTV has always been a force in the world of exploratory TV – they virtually initiated the blueprint with the birth of The Real World, and now they are taking their talents in an unexpected direction with a new documentary that is supposed to enlighten viewers about the hardships white people supposedly experience.
The casting call has been issued and it basically encourages anyone between the ages of 16 and 24 who feels they have been treated unfairly, excluded from their community or seen as second-class citizens to step up and be heard.
The documentary is being produced by Punch in the Head Productions, a Brooklyn-based company, and they are hoping to give a different perspective on race relations through the eyes of young white people who have endured racial hardships and have been victimized because of what they represent.
This has also been deemed a collaborative effort between Punch in the Head and Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer-winning journalist who is known for using his journalistic skills to expose topics that tend to remain dormant because of their heightened controversy. His non-profit Define American is also on the lookout for young impressionable Caucasians who feel the weight of the world due to their whiteness. The questionnaire poses options that range from the burden of White privilege to the crippling effects of “looking white”.
It will be interesting to see how the finished product will be received and if it will reveal anything new or informative. Hopefully they are treading lightly with this one.