Much like any other typical person my age, I grew up ADORING MTV as a teenager. I spent countless summers as a child waking up, turning on MTV, and literally watching all day and night long.
For our 5th and final personal challenge, MTV asks:
Personal: What three MTV moments have resonated with you most?
3 moments!? That’s all I get!? I could sit here for days and talk about all of the ways MTV has shaped pop culture, and the way I perceive entertainment today.
After some really long, intense thinking, I thought long and hard, and though 2 of my 3 moments are from one MTV television show, I think I chose the best 3 moments.
If you watched The Real World: New Orleans (original season) then you are probably laughing your ass off right now. Who could ever forget David’s original song “Come On Be My Baby Tonight” that he sang over and over again on that show!? My friends and I grew up LAUGHING OUR ASSES OFF at how ridiculous the song was! You’re probably wondering how on Earth I picked this moment to be one of my 3 that resonated the most right? Because this show was one of the first MTV television shows that EVERY one of my friends and I watched. To this day, if I walked up to any of my friends and sang, “Come on be my baby tonight,” we would immediately fall apart laughing, and I am not exaggerating. David, if you’re reading, I am not knocking your music career, only the hilarity of how it was used on the show. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!
In case you have amnesia and forgot how the song goes (because how on Earth could you have forgotten this song), here’s a short clip of it that I found on YouTube.
2. Danny and Paul from The Real World New Orleans (original season)
Danny was always my second favorite person on The Real World New Orleans. Melissa will always be my favorite person, basically in life. Anyway, on the show, Danny brought his boyfriend around and they blurred out his face because he was a Captain in the Army. I never understood why it was such a big deal to be gay and in the military, and now almost 10 years later, neither does the rest of the country. But even then, only a few years after Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was put in to policy, it seemed so ridiculous and upsetting to me. For me, my second resonating moment was not long after the Real World New Orleans went off the air, Danny and Paul finally had a big reveal with John Norris. I was so happy to see that after spending so much time having to hide from the world, two role models for the gay community come out and stand up for who they are. Bravo Danny and Paul!
Here’s a snippet of that special with John Norris:
It’s hard to believe that by Friday this could all be coming to an end. But, my third MTV moment that resonates with me is the moment I am currently living and a part of: the MTV TJ search. This competition has been overwhelming and beautiful in so many ways. The outpouring of support from every corner of my life, my friends, my family, my coworkers, and most surprisingly the complete strangers, has been an experience that I wish every single person could feel. For me, this was a competition that meant I could get to do what I absolutely love…for a living. It was exciting, it was fun, and it was thrilling. But, I think seeing my face on a giant screen in Times Square was really my moment to sit back and think about what has happened. I really couldn’t believe it. I’m just a guy who likes technology and pop culture from a small town in Maryland. Now, I’m a guy from a small town who likes technology and has a chance to be a part of pop culture. MTV’s commercial for the competition airing in Times Square was definitely a moment where I counted my blessings, and was thankful for each and every person who influenced my life to get to where I am. Has your favorite television network done that for you?