Cast of "The Hills" Needs Alcohol & Drug Class

by: Mike Miller

I have said time and again that celebrities should not be considered role models.  America’s obsession with celebrities is nothing unique.Europeans, Indians and the rest of the world too idolize their celebrities.

But let’s face it – quite often their behavior is deplorable Like millions of others, I too am hooked on the “The Hills.”

The Hills is a reality television series which originally aired on MTV from May 31, 2006 until July 13, 2010. The show uses a reality television format, following the personal lives of several young adults living in Los Angeles, California, but tends towards a narrative format more commonly found in scripted genres such as soap operas. The series originally followed the personal life of former Laguna Beach star Lauren Conrad and her friends' new lives in Los Angeles, California. After five seasons, Conrad chose to leave the series, and was replaced by another former Laguna Beach star, Kristin Cavallari, beginning in the second half of season five. Cavallari signed on for two additional seasons following the fifth.

Drug Use and Sexual Harassment

A production coordinator for "The Hills" claims she was unmercifully harassed sexually by a male staffer during the filming of the Costa Rica episode, and even "pressured" to smoke marijuana.

In the suit, Eliza Sproul alleges Andres (she doesn't give a last name) -- a Costa Rican local -- was hired by MTV to do grunt work.  She says while they were driving together in 2010, she realized something was up when he took his shirt off and began making sexual advances, including comments such as, "I love your freckles. I like your eyes. Let's just take off."

A while later, Eliza says Andres drove her into the forest and "pressured" her to smoke marijuana.  Eliza has lots of other gripes, including:

  • She had to drive male cast members to a shoot and they were drunk and made crude and offensive jokes
  • She was forced to work insanely long hours
  • She had a meltdown and was abandoned in a hospital.
  • It got so bad doctors gave her Valium.

Again, celebrities and reality TV should never be mimicked.  These people are actors and entertainers, many of whom seem to have no self-control.