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Girls Gone Wild hits downtown Wilmington

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WILMINGTON -- Historic downtown Wilmington is getting wild with Girls Gone Wild. The series that prides itself on making movies of college co-eds in social settings is taking over Olive or Twist nightclub on Front Street.

Wilmington resident Sharon Florio said, "I wish it was something else. I wish it was possibly American Idol, maybe, or a talent show. Or something a little more profound or interesting for all ages than Girls Gone Wild."

Cape Fear Community College student Rodney Burns said, "Some people might call it a plus, some people might call it a minus. I call it a plus if you're talking about Girls Gone Wild."

Girls Gone Wild employees travel around the country looking for wild parties and bar scenes. That footage is made into movies that are sold on the company's web site.

So what makes downtown Wilmington one of the hottest scenes?

Wilmington resident Glen Gray said, "The image has already been established as a bar town, so they're going to hop on down here."

While some may be indifferent to girls going wild in Wilmington, others are worried.

Wilmington resident Andrea Kassab said, "If the women that are on the show are completely sober that's one thing. But if they're in a bar and they're on Girls Gone Wild chances are they're not sober, so I don't agree with it."

One person who won't be here tonight is the creator of Girls Gone Wild, Joe Francis, who is in jail for federal tax evasion. He is also being sued by two Florida women who say video of them was released without their consent.

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