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People still recognize me every single day. They fall into two camps: Half of them know that, in 1998, I was on the receiving end of what many have dubbed "The Bitch-Slap Heard Around the World" when I was moving out of MTV's The Real World: Seattle house early in the series' seventh season. The recognition is instant, even if some details are fuzzy. For example, these people don't remember if I had lupus or Lyme disease (it was the latter), and some are extra surprised to see me because they thought I died from cystic fibrosis years ago (rest in peace, Frankie from Real World: San Diego). Equally unsettling is when they remember the assault wrong; over the last couple of years, more and more people think I hit a guy, rather than vice versa.The second camp of people typically think they went to high school or college »


- Irene McGee

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