NEW YORK — Three people were arrested and six others hurt after bedlam broke out while they waited to audition for “America’s Next Top Model” Saturday, police said.
Police didn’t know what prompted the chaos involving hundreds of people outside the Park Central New York hotel. The panic left the midtown street outside the hotel littered with the would-be models’ shoes and clothing.
Two women and a man were arrested on disorderly conduct charges, police said. Authorities also shut down the audition, saying it wasn’t properly organized.
Four injured people declined treatment, while two others were taken to a hospital, the fire department said. Their conditions weren’t immediately available.
ANTM producer Tyra Banks is trying to change the stereotypes of models so they are planning a cycle that is only open to women who are less than 5’7″ tall, and the bedlam described above was one of those auditions. I have never watched the show (I’m definitely not in the target demo), but I can’t be the only one who would at least sneak a peek at the show where they show people waiting in line at the auditions and all hell breaks loose. Maybe the CW will find a home for Hopeful Models Attack (each other).
Update: more details. It does appear that had the process for waiting in line at the audition been better organized, all of this could have been avoided.
Here a wannabe model details her experiences of the day (she bailed before the riots) and gives Tyra a piece of her mind at the very end. “Thanks for nothing Tyra!”
Overhead views of the scene (Police throw someone down at around the 2 minute mark):