July 11, 1979 |
|Occupation||Former reality show participant;
Former host of The Electric Playground
Julie A. Stoffer (born July 11, 1979) is a reality show personality, best known as a cast member on MTV's reality television series The Real World: New Orleans, the ninth season of The Real World series. Stoffer was notable for being the first Mormon featured on The Real World.
On The Real World
Raised in a strict Mormon household, Stoffer was barred from watching MTV; only watching The Real World at friend's houses. On a whim, Stoffer auditioned among 35,000 other people to be on the show. "When I went to L.A., it was just life-changing. I got out there, and I saw a whole new world that I've never seen before," Stoffer said. "I met some really cool people, and I realized, if this experience could be this cool in a couple of days, imagine four months in a new place with new people. I just wanted to meet new people, see new things, see what I wasn't seeing in Provo." Stoffer called the experience "eye-opening." "I saw so much. I learned so much in four months that I've never even known about."
Real World casting directors sought out a "faithful Mormon" when they selected Stoffer. Before filming began, she received a blessing from her bishop that she would be "an example to the world." Despite this, Stoffer was suspended from Brigham Young University in July 2000 for honor code breaches relating to her participation on the program. The school's honor code prohibits unmarried students from living in the same house with unrelated people of the opposite sex, including during breaks away from school. Both Stoffer and her parents, themselves BYU alumni, criticized the manner in which the school suspended Stoffer, on the grounds that the letter with which BYU notified Stoffer of their decision, according to the Stoffers, implied that Stoffer had sexual relations with her male housemates, which Stoffer characterized as "totally false and slanderous." The school gave Stoffer six days to appeal their ruling, and included an outline of actions that Stoffer could take to regain admittance to the school, but as Stoffer was traveling while filming the MTV spinoff series, Real World/Road Rules Challenge, she did not file an appeal, and later stated that she felt no respect for the school or its Honor Code, accusing the institution of assuming, on the basis of a "technical[ity]", that she was guilty of immoral conduct, when the footage shot during her time in the Real World mansion established otherwise.
Following The Real World, Stoffer continued to participate in MTV shows such as Real World/Road Rules Challenge.
She also speaks on behalf of Path-U-Find Media, promoting her moral values and working in abstinence and anti-tobacco campaigns.
Stoffer makes a cameo appearance in the 2002 LDS cinema comedy film The Singles Ward.
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