“Dirty South” Show Riles Murrells Inlet
Murrells Inlet, S.C. residents are up in arms over the filming of a new reality TV show entitled “The Dirty South.”
The show – set to air on CMT – has created all sorts of negative buzz. Produced by the same crew responsible for the MTV reality show “Jersey Shore,” it comes on the heels of “Myrtle Manor” – meaning in all likelihood it is yet another testament to redneck inbrededness.
News of the program was broken exclusively by WBTW reporter Erika Hayes last month – and Hayes has followed up her original report with several follow-up stories, including one in which residents claim to have been misled about the true nature of the show.
“They kept telling us it was a documentary, well no it’s not. It’s a reality show about a bunch of drunk 20 year olds or whatever, coming in and pretending they’re Southerners,” one inlet resident told Hayes.
Former Georgetown County councilman Tom Swatzel is one of several residents who is concerned about the conduct of the cast members and the negative publicity.
“The cast’s behavior has been reprehensible and the show is likely to paint Murrells Inlet in a less than favorable light,” Swatzel wrote on his Facebook page.
However Swatzel is opposing efforts to rescind temporary permits obtained by the crew – arguing that to do so would be inconsistent with private property rights. Swatzel also rejects the contention that the public should have been given an opportunity to weigh in on the permits ahead of time.
“Is the county now supposed to grant land use decisions based on whether the applicant is likable or via a poll of public opinion and not the law?” he asked.
Swatzel is correct …
Owners have a right to do pretty much as they please with their property – so long as the exercise of their freedom does not impede upon the freedom of others. In fact we’re not sure why the producers of any sort of program need permission from government to film on private property.
Nor should government shell out tax money on dubious film credits, either …
Anyway … if the cast and crew of “The Dirty South” violate local ordinances, then local authorities should by all means arrest, prosecute and punish them. Absent that, we don’t see any universe in which government should be involved in any aspect of this production.