MTV: ‘It was never the intent to reference the Town of Truckee …’ regarding phallic structure
March 15, 2010
UPDATE: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Town officials are asking media giant Music Television to not air footage filmed last Saturday in downtown Truckee that apparently depicts people dancing around a large penis-shaped snow sculpture.
An MTV production crew based out of Los Angeles built the sculpture sometime between 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday, March 6, in front of the train depot in downtown Truckee, said Truckee Police Capt. Harwood Mitchell.
and#8220;Weand#8217;re following up with the crew … it is the townand#8217;s desire to see they delete all that film from their segment or at minimal delete or obscure anything that would identify the Town of Truckee,and#8221; Mitchell said. and#8220;Weand#8217;re working with them for an amenable solution for both sides.
and#8220;Weand#8217;re very disappointed and certainly did not condone it.and#8221;
This story was first reported Friday afternoon on http://www.sierrasun.com.
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According to a Tuesday afternoon e-mail from Ariana Urbont, an MTV spokeswoman, the crew was filming an upcoming realty comedy series called and#8220;The Dudesons In America,and#8221; which is produced by and#8220;Jackassand#8221; star Johnny Knoxville, according to a February report from the Hollywood Reporter.
and#8220;It was never the intent to reference the Town of Truckee in the production,and#8221; Urbont said in the e-mail.
According to a permit signed by Truckee Police Capt. Randy Fenn and by MTV/New Remote Productions producers Jarrod Brom and Brent Jacoby, about 30 cast and crew members were filming scenes for the show, based off the original series and#8220;The Dudesons,and#8221; which feature four Finnish actors who perform extreme and foul stunts.
According to the permit, which can be downloaded in PDF form in this story, the crew wanted to film two scenes, to take place on the Truckee Chamber of Commerce property at 10065 Donner Pass Road:
and#8226; and#8220;Cast member will freeze their tongues to flag pole.and#8221;
and#8226; and#8220;Cast members will erect an eight foot high snow sculpture.and#8221;
Town Manager Tony Lashbrook said MTV approached the town to acquire a permit for filming and said the crew was specifically asked if the sculpture would be distasteful, graphic or pornographic.
and#8220;It turns out they were less than truthful in answering direct questions from at least two town officials,and#8221; Lashbrook said.
In Urbontand#8217;s response, she wrote: and#8220;The production filed the required permits.and#8221;
As for public feedback regarding Saturdayand#8217;s display, Lashbrook went on to say: and#8220;We didnand#8217;t get a lot of calls but we got enough. People were pretty appalled and I donand#8217;t blame them.and#8221;
One of those people was Truckee resident Darla Ford, who witnessed the display. She took a photograph and e-mailed it to the Sierra Sun.
and#8220;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,and#8221; she said in the e-mail. and#8220;It was disgusting! Is this a new image for our town? Who issued a permit for this to take place? How did this happen? This is right in front of our Chamber of Commerce and California Visitor Center.and#8221;
Mitchell said the sculpture was covered during construction, and Lashbrook said it was taken down upon request sometime after 4 p.m. Saturday.
According to some published reports, and#8220;Jackassand#8221; cast members Knoxville and Wee Man (Jason Acuna), among others, were seen in and around the Truckee area in the days surrounding the incident.