Apparently all of the smushing that happens on reality TV has its price. And if you’re one of the participants on Jersey Shore who hooks up with a STD infested partner, you can’t sue MTV for it. Ha.
Seth Kaufman, a writer on the topic of reality television, claims that the cast members of the MTV show are required to sign a “VD clause”. That clause basically states that they agree not to hold the show’s producers liable if they catch any sexually transmitted diseases during any of their hookups on the reality show.
Seth said, “What I’m told is that it’s pretty standard for reality shows. Honest to God, there’s even a VD clause in most reality show contracts, about how if anyone gets dosed from a co-star during filming, you can’t blame the production company or the network.”
He said that the VD clause was passed onto him from someone close to the show. It reads: “Producer hereby informs me, and I acknowledge and accept, that the other participants have not been screened for any diseases, sicknesses or other health conditions (and specifically have not been tested for any sexually transmitted diseases) and I assume all risks of interacting with the other participants, including any consensual contact.”
So, if Snooki’s smush smush gives you Syphilis, you’re SOL.