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MTV reality show sculpture angers Truckee officials

7:18 PM, Mar 15, 2010   |    comments
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TRUCKEE, CA - An obscene snow sculpture built in the center of downtown Truckee by a crew producing an MTV reality show has angered town officials and residents.

"It was a giant penis with water shooting out," said downtown merchant Stefani Olivieri, whose store is directly across the street from the historic train depot where the sculpture was built.  "It was not appropriate.  There were a lot of children around."

The sculpture was unveiled Saturday afternoon, March 6.  The crew was shooting a segment for a new reality series called "The Dudesons," which features extreme stunts and offbeat pranks in the style of the popular series "Jackass."

News10 obtained a copy of the special event permit application in which representatives of New Remote Productions explained that cast members would freeze their tongues to the flagpole outside the depot, and that an eight-foot snow sculpture would be built. 

Town Manager Tony Lashbrook said members of the production team insisted the sculpture would be tasteful during multiple conversations with town employees.  "There were three different times they had an opportunity to be truthful and they weren't," Lashbrook said.  Lashbrook said the town has sent a formal letter to MTV Networks protesting the incident and is awaiting a response. 

The Truckee-Donner Chamber of Commerce was made aware of the planned MTV shoot the day before it happened and was initially looking forward to the publicity.  "Needless to say we were surprised and dismayed they misrepresented what they were going to to do here in our nice, cute, wholesome town," said chamber president Lynn Saunders, whose office looks out onto the depot parking lot.

Truckee resident Darla Ford took a picture of the sculpture and sent it to the chamber of commerce and the Sierra Sun.  "We were so appalled that something like this could take place in our town.  Parents were rushing their children away from it so they would not have to explain why grown men wearing fur were drinking the white fluid and dancing in it, too," Ford wrote in the email that accompanied the photograph.

News10 tried to contact New Remote Productions, which is producing The Dudesons, but did not get an immediate response.

by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net 

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