America’s Next Top Model Riot
The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model,” has done wonders for Tyra Banks’s career as well as for all the aspiring models that have gotten the chance to experience what it’s like to be a top model in editorial print ads.
I actually used to work as a logger in post-production for this particular show, and my job was to go through all the footage and try to find the most “interesting,” bites for the producers. This means any parts of the show that had cursing, fights, drama and any type of eye-rolling.
And that is precisely why this show is still a huge ratings draw for the CW Network, and most recently had an open casting call for aspiring models who are under 5 feet 7 inches. (Most models have to be at least 5’9”) Well, it looks like half of Manhattan showed up, causing a riot in the middle of 55th St in New York City.
Six women had to be sent to the hospital, three people sent to jail, and hundreds were annoyed when they were unable to audition for the show.
New York Daily News reported that Mayor Bloomberg was definitely not a happy camper when he said, “If you’re going to have an event where there’s the remotest chance that the crowd is going to be bigger than you expect … call the precinct and make sure they know.”
Banks, the host of “America’s Next Top Model,” issued a scripted statement Sunday, saying “We appreciate the efforts of the NYPD and will assist them in any way possible in this matter. With a beginning like this, this next season is sure to be another ratings hit for “America’s Next Top Model.”