Not every University can say that they have a reality show about them.
But then again, not every school is USC.
This past week, the internet went aflutter with the release of the trailer for “Undergrads” – a pseudo-documentary series from Dave and James Franco.
Featuring real-life SC students – you might recognize a few from your classes – the show is supposed to be documenting what really goes on at this famed University.
Highlights from the trailer include a drunken game of Twister at a tailgate, a fierce dismissal of a boy in front of a frat, calling girls fat and of course: parties, parties and more parties.
Reactions have included everything from horrified to honored to embarrassed. After all, this is a school that has weathered storms from sexist emails to sex on a roof – not much can shock us anymore.
I find the show quite hilarious-looking. I mean, if you can’t laugh at yourself then you can’t laugh at anything. And if anyone tries to say that what the producers portray in the show is the antithesis of SC life, then they’re in fierce denial.
I’m not claiming that all Trojans are party-obsessed hounds. But people are forgetting the fact that Dave Franco went to this school; he’s not pulling the situations out of thin air. We have to stop trying to prove we’re something we’re not. There’s no harm in admitting the facts: we like to party.
The school has already released a statement declaring that it could have been filmed on any college campus, (see a blog with the full statement here) and I agree. It just so happened that SC was chosen.
As long as people realize that A) this is scripted, B) the painful acting is not representative of our incredible Theatre programs and C) it embodies a small portion of our population, then there’s no reason why we can’t all just laugh and have a good time.
View the trailer for “Undergrads” here.