The Daily Mail runs with the headline: Can TV Sink Any Lower? and continues:
It claims to be progressive and truthful. In fact, Channel 4's new naked dating show is stupid and degrading voyeurism from what's meant to be a public service broadcaster.
From Big Brother to Sex Box, the world of TV is always looking for new lows. And this week Channel 4 succeeded.
Thousands of viewers complained on Twitter and media guardians branded Naked Attraction -- an uncensored nude dating show -- the worst programme ever shown on TV . Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has already received 24 complaints about nudity.
A spokesman for MediaWatch UK said:
This has to be the worst programme ever shown on television, there is nothing to recommend it.
Norman Wells, of the Family Education Trust, accused Channel 4 of
Grossly irresponsible broadcasting and viewers labelled it creepy and a new low for British TV .
In each two-part programme, a pair of contestants get to appraise the six people vying in their birthday suits for approval. Each date stands stark naked in a box, while a screen is gradually raised to reveal them front and back bit by wobbly
bit , as presenter Anna Richardson puts it.
The contestants then reject the dates one by one for purely physical reasons mainly attached to their genitalia. When only two potential dates are left, they parade naked while the contestant runs the rule over them, and while this doesn't quite happen
literally, in Monday's opening programme one aspiring suitor was rejected because his penis was too big.
A spokesperson for Channel 4 responded to the whinges explaining:
This is a light-hearted and appropriately scheduled series which aims to demystify the rules of sexual attraction for the Tinder generation.
At the time of writing, 45 viewers had complained to the TV censor Ofcom who will no doubt reject them out of hand.
Despite the complaints, Naked Attraction has proved a hit with an average of 1.4 million viewers tuning to the series opener.
Naked Attraction airs Monday nights at 10PM on Channel 4.
Update: A few more complaints
28th July 2016. See article from radiotimes.com
Ofcom has now received 98 complaints in total, some about nudity and some about the programming being supposedly degrading to human relationships.
Update: Another sound bite
31st July 2016. See article from telegraph.co.uk
Sam Burnett, of Mediawatch UK, said:
Never before have programme-makers shown such blatant contempt for basic standards, with record levels of explicit nudity serving no particular purpose. It's not even like the programme was any good to compensate.
Offsite Article: Naked Attraction unzipping the history of male full-frontal nudity on TV.
31st July 2016. See article from telegraph.co.uk
The first penis was shown on British television in 1957 during an episode of the documentary series Out of Step. Presenter Daniel Farson visited a nudist colony and, perhaps unsurprisingly, some naked chap wandered past in the back ground. While this did
make the front page of The Daily Herald, only one viewer called Television House -- and that was to praise the programme.
...Read the full article from telegraph.co.uk
Update: Whingeing about catch-up TV
1st August 2016. See article from sundaypost.com
Moralist campaigners are now whingeing that the Channel 4 dating show, Naked Attraction , is available to view by youngsters anytime on its catch-up service. It can be easily accessed by children if parental controls haven't been set.
Norman Wells, director of Family Education Trust, whinged:
Although it's broadcast after 10pm, many young teenagers will be aware of it and will be able to access it online without too much difficulty.
Sexually explicit programmes like this one are sending out mixed messages to children and young people. On the one hand, parents and teachers are warning them about the dangers of sexting and encouraging modesty and restraint, while on the other hand
sexual exhibitionism is being promoted as a legitimate form of entertainment by a public service broadcaster.
Sam Burnett, acting director of Mediawatch UK, whinged:
We're concerned that programmes like Naked Attraction are freely available via on-demand apps with barely more than a box-ticking effort to ensure the person watching is over 18.
As programme-makers chase publicity and controversy they're encouraging young people to seek out inappropriate content to keep up with playground gossip.
We have an anything-goes culture in television production. Just because a programme is on late at night with fewer viewers doesn't mean that standards should be thrown out of the window. That record-breaking nudity is no longer as bad as it once was
isn't because we are more enlightened, it's a sad reflection of a society grown dull through over-exposure to pornography.
Meanwhile in the US, moralist campaigners are a bit green with envy about there being actual nudity on TV to complain about. Americans usually have to put up with their nudity being censored by pixelation.
See article from w2.parentstv.org
where Parents TV Council whinges:
In recent years, Americans have been bombarded by ever-more sleazy concepts for reality shows, from Walk of Shame Shuttle and The Seven Year Switch to Sex Box and Dating Naked . But British TV proves that there's always
something more depraved waiting in the wings.
Naked Attraction is a new program on Britain's Channel Four which premiered this week. On the show, a contestant chooses a date from a panel of six eligible singles. How does the contestant make her choice? By viewing all six potential partners
completely in the nude. Unlike Dating Naked , nothing is blurred; the show features full-frontal nudity, in shocking close-up.
And when Channel Four says naked, [they] mean NAKED. There are no modesty blurs like those found on VH1's Dating Naked or the Discovery Channel's Naked and Afraid . About 50 percent of the screen time on this show is dedicated to extreme close ups of
vaginas, penises, six-packs, love-handles, nipples, boobs and butts. The camera seems to linger on every hair, pimple and stretch mark, as well as the curves and protrusions, notes an article about the show .
American TV history is rife with concepts borrowed from British television, from All in the Family and Sanford and Son to MTV's Skins and The In-Betweeners . American viewers can only hope that this is one case where American
media decides NOT to imitate their cousins across the ocean.