For those who regularly follow the antics of MTV's seven insecure fame-whores picked to live together in the fetid petri dish that is reality TV, the addition of controversial Blue Springs native Frankie "I'm too punk rock/I [heart] Hello Kitty" Abernathy elicited many strong reactions, ranging from mild pity to pure hatred. But hey, at least she inadvertently plugged a KC business on national TV: When she decided to leave the show for good, it was partly because she wanted to see her boyfriend's band perform at the Catacombs. (This led one snarkster to write on Televisionwith outpity.com
, "Is she in an episode of Scooby-Doo? Because that's the last time I heard someone talk about the catacombs.") During that same episode, MTV ran a commercial in which a girl writing a letter posed this question: "Why are all the freaks on The Real World
from Kansas City?" No word yet on whether these plugs have led to an increase in Kansas City tourism.