International TV

BlachmanThe Danes are dishing up sexism on a plate via a new TV series that basically involves male hosts staring at naked women and critiquing their bodies.

Host Thomas Blachman – a Danish X Factor judge described as being the ‘Simon Cowell of Denmark’ – relaxes on a couch with his male guests and as women enter and strip, Blachman and his cohorts assess and critique their bodies.

Blachman himself says the aim is to “stir discussion about the aesthetics of the female body without allowing the conversation to become pornographic or politically correct”. Continue reading »

reevaThe South African channel that went ahead in airing the reality series featuring the late Reeva Steenkamp has defended its decision.

SABC broadcast the first episode of Tropika Island of Treasure on Saturday, just days after news broke of Steenkamp’s death in the home of Oscar Pistorius.

Samathna Moon, the show’s producer, told the BBC: “I took it after consultation with her family.

“The feeling was that this is an amazing woman who you don’t have very much in the public domain except for the work she was most well-known for… which is her modelling work.” Continue reading »

reevaA South African TV network has decided to go ahead with airing the reality series in which Oscar Pistorius’ girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp features, despite her death this week.

The series, entitled Tropika Island of Treasure, will air as planned on SABC 1, just two days after Steenkamp was killed at Pistorius’ Pretoria home.

The hour-long show is described as a “pure adrenaline-fuelled drama … Whether diving off 22-metre Jamaican cliffs into the ocean, recreating cool runnings or meeting Jamaican celebrities”.

A statement issued on behalf of the show’s creator, Samantha Moon, said:

“As we grieve today with Reeva’s family & friends and struggle to make sense of this shocking tragedy, it has taken much deliberation to come to the decision to continue screening Tropika Island of Treasure 5 as planned.” Continue reading »

A kiwi competing on a Chinese dating show has come home empty handed.

Former Wellingtonian Sam Pearson was chosen to take part on the Chinese version of The Bachelor, Fei Cheng Wu Rao, last month but failed to appeal to any of the women on the show.

The 34-year-old was interviewed by 24 women who had the power to choose whether or not they wanted to date him.

Pearson was turned down by the one woman he had signalled his affections for and missed out on a free trip to Greece. Continue reading »