According to Politico.com's columnist Ben Smith, MTV, BET and CMT are casting the audience for a town hall meeting with President Obama in Washington, D.C. next week.

The casting form, which can be found on this website, lists the qualifications for audience members.

While all the networks mentioned are seeking males & females, 18+ -- only MTV requests a recent photo of potential audience members.

Seeking—Audience Members: males & females, 18+.

To apply, email townhallaudience@mtvnmix.com and put “Town Hall” in the subject line. To ensure that the audience represents diverse interests and political views, include your name, phone number, hometown, school attending, your job and what issues, if any, you are interested in or passionate about. Also, provide a recent photo and short description of your political views. Submission deadline: Oct. 14. No pay.

Ben Smith theorizes that MTV (and Obama) prefer an audience made up of pretty people who reflect MTV's "Teen Spirit" idealism.

But I'll take his theory a step further and say that MTV (and Obama) are seeking to control not only the 'look' of the audience, but the number of blacks in it also.

Kelly McAndrew, a spokeswoman for Viacom, which owns MTV, denies that MTV is screening out ugly people, blacks or Republicans from Obama's Town Hall meeting.

"We’re just trying to get the broadest, most diverse audience possible," she said. "We want to have divergent points of view – we’re not looking for a single-view audience."

"We’re going to have a very diverse looking audience," McAndrew said. "We want gender diversity, we want ethnicity diversity, we want religious diversity, we want political view diversity. We want diversity of all kinds."

I'd be interested to know how many black applicants are turned down based on their photos.

  • Mamacita

    :yawn:

    who cares? does anybody even watch MTV anymore...

  • FloridaChick813

    :no: @Mamacita

  • TruGemini

    This type stuff is done all the time...especially if there will be an open forum for questions. They wanna make sure they don't have anybody in the auidence looking / acting / sounding crazy. And definitely don't want to have the President (or whoever) looking bad...

  • TruGemini

    Mamacita says:

    who cares? does anybody even watch MTV anymore…
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    I do :ashamed: I watch 'Jersy Shore' (again :ashamed: ) 'Teen Mom' , 'True Life' and some others... The question is does anybody watch BET anymore

  • lovezoe

    This is done all the time, for all we know they could be running their pictures through a crime database.

  • Virtuous

    Sandra your dislike for the President is sickening...How much is Rupert Murdock paying you? I tell ya...Remove the Willie Lynch chip already. You remind me of one of the slaves who did not know they were free.

  • ysoserious

    Yada, yada, yada...Obama is a narcissist. :rolleyes:

  • NunyaBizniz

    :rolleyes:

  • Virtuous

    oh no disrespcet just calling it how I see it. Peace and TGIF

  • http://blogtalkradio.com/theolaandkeyshow daprinceofradio

    :( @ watching MTV Or even VH1 for that matter. :( Ok ok well Vh1 sometimes. I cant tell you one audience casting that does not discriminate. THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW. Everyone there is welcome no matter how ugly, fat, "black",. TYRA show was the discriminatory 1. SMH O and well just see how this plays out. When it airs. I will be watching. SURPRISINGLY

  • FloridaChick813

    :lol: @TruGemini

  • StillASassyOne

    Sandra- they do this at most shows that will have a "live studio audience!"

    How many fat, Black, White, Hispanic, dirty, ugly-as-ever folks did you used to see in the audience at TRL? The Mo'Nique show? The Ellen Degeneres show? they RESERVE the right to refuse you entry at the door...just like at a club. It's not big deal.

    And furthermore- you act like the requirements for admission are coming from a White House memo- they're coming from the MTV/Viacom studios! Obama ain't picking the damn audience! C'mon Sandra. Let some of the hate seep out of your blood just for today, please.

  • http://www.twitter.com/cocoabana Cocoabana

    Tru, I stay tuned into Teen Mom! It's addictive.

  • candibfly

    and obama is responsible for global warming :coffee:

  • Daisy

    I watch Teen Mom

  • luvly1957

    PUT MY ARTICLE ON YOUR SITE IF YOU'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT MY PRESIDENT!!! YOU ARE SO NEGATIVE PRINT THE RESPONSE RUSH LIMBAG LOVER....

  • ysoserious

    Still says:

    C’mon Sandra. Let some of the hate seep out of your blood just for today, please.
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    Ms. Rose would have to bleed out completely to get rid of the hate she has for just Obama alone.

  • http://www.twitter.com/cocoabana Cocoabana

    :popcorn: I always love the random outburst.

  • TruGemini

    Cocoabana says:

    Tru, I stay tuned into Teen Mom! It’s addictive.
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    :yes: it is ain't it! Next week is the season finale, so I guess I'ma have to get additcted to something else on Tuesday nights...

  • pinksghetti

    They just want to eliminate anyone that is looking extra crazy in their photo. You know the ones that can't even pretend their normal for a few seconds to take a picture.

  • ysoserious

    @ Cocoa

    Then go back to the Jay-Z post. And bring extra :popcorn:

    :lol:

  • Anna

    daprinceofradio says:

    @ watching MTV Or even VH1 for that matter. Ok ok well Vh1 sometimes. I cant tell you one audience casting that does not discriminate. THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW. Everyone there is welcome no matter how ugly, fat, “black”,.
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    I think some ppl just walk into the studio as and extra to fill seats. Some look homeless on Wendy.

  • Anna

    TruGemini says:

    Cocoabana says:

    Tru, I stay tuned into Teen Mom! It’s addictive.
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    it is ain’t it! Next week is the season finale, so I guess I’ma have to get additcted to something else on Tuesday nights…

    ~~~~~~~~~
    On "Show Bizz Tonight" last night (someone) finally addressed Amber's(his her name Amber) abuse towards Gary. She is always yelling, hitting, cursing him out. That girl needs anger management.

  • http://twitter.com/k_cicero Kezi

    :yawn:

  • Destinee

    Stop the MADNESS Sandra!

  • http://twitter.com/Proberson07 proberson07

    I can't wait to see how you are going to turn this into Obama's actions. :coffee:

  • ysoserious

    Sandra doesn't have to prove anything she says. The fact that SHE says it should be all the proof anyone needs. :coffee:

  • J2201987

    :no: This is so reaching beyond reasoning. Aren't you required to send a picture of yourself whenever you're auditioning for any type of casting?

    I would be funny if they said "Only pretty people allowed" sorta like Diddy did for his Ciroc ads/commercials.

  • jazzyiest

    I think you're stretching this one Sandra. MTV asks for pics. for every da** thing they're casting for. All the casting calls I've ever seen have asked for people to send in at least one recent pic of themselves.

  • PAHairston

    Hello All. I agree with most, you reaching Sandra. Heck, whenever the GOP does a commercial/ad, they strategically place black folks, which are few in the Repulican party, close to the candidates so they can also be seen in the photos, to show America that there are indeed a few black Repulicans. (Are you one Sandra?) It's all planned and political. That is all.

    Did you all know that before the 70s, most black folks were Rebublicans? Dr King was one.

  • MissHarlem

    :rolleyes:

  • lovezoe

    A new 16 and Pregnant comes on the 26th.

  • jazzyiest

    @ True Gemini

    I really don't watch BET anymore but I know da** well that I watch TV1 to see my Good Times episodes! :danban: DY-NO-MITE!

  • TruGemini

    TV1 = 'Unsung' :yes:

  • Al-Ameera

    Can we get a Free Fun Friday post. Geez

  • luvly1957

    TruGemini says:

    TV1 = ‘Unsung’
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    I am so addicted to this show they be having the best artist and you get to find out what really happened and why they broke up!!!

  • Ebony

    I love teen mom :popcorn:

  • TruGemini

    luvly1957 says:

    I am so addicted to this show they be having the best artist and you get to find out what really happened and why they broke up!!!
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    I know I was watching the ep with Tammi Terrell and was like "whuuuuttt :popcorn: " cuz I did not know she used to fukk with James Brown...had no clue AND he used to beat her up

  • Starr

    reaching...as usual

  • http://twitter.com/Proberson07 proberson07

    As this is a live televised event this might be a legitimate security measure. There are a lot of crazy Anti-Obama crazies who would not hesitate to interrupt this great event or even bring harm to our commander in chief. I miss Aeon Fleux and Beavis and Butthead! :popcorn:

  • Mamacita

    :newpost:

  • Str8Cpt

    I don't do politics but Happy Friday everyone :)

    I'm jammin' to some Oscar Brown Jr. this morning *pumps fist in air*

  • Ms. Thickness

    SO BECAUSE MTV IS ASKING FOR PICTURES YOU BLAME OBAMA..SANDRA PLEASE...YOU REACHIN SO MUCH ON THIS ONE.

  • Freda2you

    :newbie:
    I forgot everything is the President Obama fault. I guess he stole my truck too.

  • M_promp2

    I think this tactic is a security measure.

  • luvly1957

    TruGemini says:

    luvly1957 says:

    I am so addicted to this show they be having the best artist and you get to find out what really happened and why they broke up!!!
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    I know I was watching the ep with Tammi Terrell and was like “whuuuuttt ” cuz I did not know she used to fukk with James Brown…had no clue AND he used to beat her up
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    Yea, I didn't know about James Brown either I knew David Ruffin and I didn't know about Klymaxx and why they broke up and still got beef with each other

  • Daisy

    I love UNSUNG

  • TruGemini

    luvly1957 says:

    Yea, I didn’t know about James Brown either I knew David Ruffin and I didn’t know about Klymaxx and why they broke up and still got beef with each other
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    Klymaxx had way to many chicks in the group..they were destined for break-up. Wasn't too interested in the one that came on this week about Musical Youth, though.

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    Al-Ameera says:

    Can we get a Free Fun Friday post. Geez
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    What's that?

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    ysoserious says:

    Sandra doesn’t have to prove anything she says. The fact that SHE says it should be all the proof anyone needs.
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    :think:

  • luvly1957

    TruGemini says:

    Klymaxx had way to many chicks in the group..they were destined for break-up. Wasn’t too interested in the one that came on this week about Musical Youth, though.
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    I don't even remember dat group so I didn't watch it, who comes on this next week?

  • TruGemini

    luvly1957 says:

    who comes on this next week?
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    George Clinton is next. Thought they had already covered him but then I remembered that was Bootsy...

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    Don't forget you can watch any episodes you missed on Hulu.com :)