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Scandal of the Day: ‘Bully Beatdown’ May Be Totally Staged


(Remember him?)

Shocking allegations from MMATKO (via TheGarv) that could shake the foundations of an American television institution:

I knew from the beginning that the show advertised for tough guys to apply and they would be chosen based on some sort of bully mentality towards their friends. I did not find out until a few days ago that not one of the bullies had in fact, ever bullied the actors that have played the part of the victims.
 
I spoke with a friend that helped with the production of the show and was told that most of the bully/victim combo had never even met prior to the taping of each episode.
 
Take bully Jon from the last episode with Jake Shields. Last year he was on the Fox TV show Battle of the Bods where Jonathan proclaimed to be a professional stuntman as he judged the bodies of young women.
 
Even though Bully Beatdown is filled with actors the fights are mostly real. The stuntmen do try to fight back against the Pro MMA fighters but their payday comes not from the 10,000 prize money offered up but from the money guaranteed on the contract they signed going into the fight.

Look, I know you have to suspend disbelief to some extent whenever you’re watching a "reality television" show — we know that none of those women are really there for the love of Ray J , and Heidi and Spencer are actually cousins in real life — but was it too much to ask that real bullies would get their comeuppance on Bully Beatdown? How you gonna do us like that, Mayhem?

Comments

  1. nicey Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 07:30


    WOW!
  2. Cap'n Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 07:33


    i am shocked.
  3. nicey Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 07:34


    pepper needs new shorts!
  4. Steve Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 07:35


    I saw this coming, some of that stuff looks too set up. That being said I still enjoy watching Mayhem be grimy as ever. I'm still going to watch.
  5. skyjo Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 07:36


    I don't believe in nothin no more!
  6. young hairy and german Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 07:37


    hi a mohn
  7. kerouac Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 07:43


    Is anyone really shocked by this? Its REALITY TV which has nothing to do with reality
  8. Swearengen Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 07:49


    Dude I love any chance to catch some form of combat on tv and I like Mayhem but this show is a disgrace.
  9. Anonymous Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 07:52


    wow! that stinks! it could have been a great show!!!
  10. B Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 07:54


    They all look the same...wait what? I didn't say anything.
  11. Anonymous Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 07:54


    Life as we know it has just ended.
  12. xocgx Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 07:55


    The chick New York from Flavor of Love's 'mother' is not her real mom...just some other actress.
  13. cubicalGangster Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 07:58


    my best friend lives out in LA and they held open auditions for the show with actors. He said the ony thing each audtioner needed was a signed testimonial that they had beaten up someone, so my friend brought his roommate who lied. The only reason he didn't do the show was because they didnt provide insurance if Jake Sheilds broke his face.
  14. RED Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 07:59


    Why are people so shocked by this? Anything that comes on MTV or VH1 is staged. One of my friends was on a show called Parental Control and they didn't even use his real parents.
  15. Oatmeal Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 08:06


    if there actors why the fuck would someone waist 10k on them. how bout instead of being misinformed you ask the people who were bullied...
  16. Irish_Lad Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 08:09


    Its kinda crazy, but just because of this I'm gonna check em out!
  17. natethegreat Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 08:13


    OH MY FUCKING GOD!!! Next your going to tell me that WWE is staged as well.
  18. MMA Finnfan Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 08:16


    WWE?? noooooooooo!!!!!!!!
  19. Danxxx Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 08:22


    my faith for humanity is gone now...
  20. WarpedAcorn Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 08:28


    I lost respect for the show, but not because of the "staged" allegation...I mean come on, I think we all knew what the 411 was. But moreso because the "reality" of it was leaked so soon. Come on, these people are supposed to be professionals and they can't even keep their mouths shut. Say what you will about Pro-Wrestling, but those guys for the longest time sold their act as real and that meant keeping the act up all the time. Life is a stage bro!
  21. punchguyinface Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 08:32


    This comes as no surprise after having watched 5 minutes of the show.
  22. turdle420 Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 08:34


    if you wathced one episode of this show and couldn't tell these people were acting then i have some awesome things to sell you, ocean front arizona property and an awesome bridge too.
  23. armfarmer Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 08:40


    "if there actors why the fuck would someone waist 10k on them. how bout instead of being misinformed you ask the people who were bullied..." Either someone is in serious denial, or someone is trolling. Either way you are a dumbass and shouldn't be allowed to operate a computer. and it's "they're" as in "they are actors"
  24. Juan Blanco Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 08:40


    LOL at those who couldn't tell from the beginning!!! That show sucks worst than TUF!
  25. armfarmer Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 08:44


    Seriously everything on mtv is total bullshit. Here's an easy way to tell if a show is scripted.. if every time someone speaks it sounds like bad acting then that's more than likely exactly what it is. I also know someone that went on one of these mtv "reality" shows. I forget exactly what the scenario was but it was something like he got busted by his wife for something but in reality he had never met the girl playing his wife until the day they shot the show.
  26. micah Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 08:56


    i didn't figure it was very "real"... but i wouldnt have guessed it was 100% made up and no one knew each other. mayhem put his name on this?
  27. Danger Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 08:58


    Muthafucka, you don't know me! I am here for the love of Ray J! My man loves me!
  28. Good Ol Fashion Blunt Force Trauma Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 09:29


    Danger, she smashed the homies! Danger, she smashed the homies! Danger, she smashed the homies!
  29. Tom Green Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 09:31


    Danger! She smashed a homie! Danger! She smashed a homie! (and she's got a scary tat of a tiger on her face) Danger! She smashed a homie!
  30. Oatmeal Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 09:37


    armfarmer...you turn me on
  31. Me Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 09:39


    It was easy to tell. There were cameras set up already inside the dudes apt from episode 3. When Mayehm jumps on him, they show a different angle later in the episode. Sad, but still a good show.
  32. lower case pete Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 09:40


    just imagine how disapointed he'll be when he finds out santa claus aint real either
  33. portland mma Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 10:04


    Seriously MTV has fake reality shows? This changes my entire life outlook, i was modeling my life after the hills and now to know its fake? what the fuck
  34. Sunyly Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 10:29


    lol...really? I found a place that many players are hoo king up with h ot mo dels, seems the club called: __Tall connect Co M___, do you hear this before?
  35. Anonymous Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 10:44


    The show is on MTV, is an article about this really necessary? I thought this was a given.
  36. 825IVER Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 10:50


    ::waiting for celebrity vs pro mma show:::::
  37. Scott Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 11:03


    Yea, I knew this from the beginning and still thought it was hilarious to watch. I talked to people who are involved with the show and this is pretty much what I anticipated. But, what matters to me is that the fights are real and the producers don't step in. THAT is what makes the whole show worth watching. I would love to go on a show like this and act like a total ass. Depending what the actual payout is I would take a beating with some headgear on.
  38. Anonymouse Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 11:44


    And I bet you're going to say Junie and Rob are just actors, too. Please, get real.
  39. browntown Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 11:55


    fucking duh.
  40. Backbaconbilly Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 12:29


    Too bad, it had the potential to actually be a decent show if it wasn't rigged.
  41. Darkside Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 02:07


    Of course its staged. Everyone could tell it from the first episode. Even so, it's still a funny show.
  42. 1 GLOVE Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 03:29


    One of my friends is a camera man down in LA and he works on a lot of these reality shows. He says they are all staged.
  43. Jonn Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 04:57


    lol the ending of the last one was the best the whole show the bully telling the victims to fuck off and then at the very end of the show, out of nowhere, the bully apologizes
  44. Happy Says:

    Fri, 04/17/09 - 06:38


    The first bully on the show admits to having to take a dive in the second round. He posted this in a BYU chat room. Author: RyanKessman Date: Mar 25, 04:45pm Category: Football (college) Wow I knew you guys still loved me. lol I can't believe all the messages. Ok this is going to be my only post as I'm sure I won't be able to post after this. The owner of this board won't show my posts. However that works I'm not sure. This last project that was on TV this past Sunday called Bully Beat Down is just like a movie, it's scripted. All is fake. Come on it's MTV for goodness sake. Just for your info I signed a contract that the fight will be at 240lbs. It also stated that I had to go down in the 2nd round. Hence Bully Beat Down. You get it? I wanted to get paid, so I had to follow the contract. It was a large sum of money plus the money distributed from the fight. If it didn't show me getting beat what kind of a show would it be? The show was filmed in SLC awhile ago. Surprised you guys didn't know that. Besides I'm back at my weight from before the fight which is 205. EJG36 is the only one that knew it was fake. Congratulations to you EJG36 you had obviously had experience or knows someone in the profession. Yes it's all about exposure and getting my handsome face out there. I have lots of projects I'm working on right now and just signed a contract for a new movie that will be out next year. You guessed it I play a Bully transformed into a nice guy ironic isn't it? Hey watch me on "Lie to Me". I subdue an assassin after he kills the Mayor. I'm getting my SAG card from this show. Also see me in the new movie coming out this year called 2012 with Danny Glover and Cusak. Not a main star yet but I'm working on it. Not bad for only being in the business for 6 months. So go ahead and post your fatso posts it's fun to read them. Just to let you know. BYU was a great place and I love it there as I visit quite often. Also, there were 4 players that I invited to the filming that were there. Even the fights are staged.
  45. rampaging Says:

    Sat, 04/18/09 - 06:01


    Living in Hollywood, I will see countless "reality shows" setting up various scenes that are scripted to a T. Don't believe all what you see on TV.
  46. Anonymous Says:

    Sun, 04/19/09 - 09:28


    yeah like 'me" said,they have cameras already set up. just like with the confrontation between mayhem and the bullies...theres one there instead of one following him...
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