A new Dutch reality TV show has caused controversy and disgust for getting its contestants to guess whether a volunteer is "fat or pregnant". Which isn't exactly surprising, really, because WTAF?
The offensive series called Neem Je Zwemspullen Mee, which translates to Bring Your Bathing Suit, caused outrage over a segment in which four men inspected the physical appearance of a woman to ascertain whether she was pregnant or slightly overweight.
One fan tweeted: "Welcome to the Netherlands, where we apparently have a tv show where men guess if a woman's fat or pregnant. I f**king can't."
Welcome to the Netherlands, where we apparently have a tv show where men guess if a woman's fat or pregnant. I fucking can't 😷 https://t.co/j2mLLp5KxN- Sharon 🌱🐝 (@readbysharon) April 10, 2017
Another controversial challenge sees panellists guess whether a woman's breasts are real or fake.
For everyone thinking The Netherlands is great. We reached a new low yesterday night. National TV game show: "is she pregnant or just fat?" pic.twitter.com/HlNiBGYeJ4- Tandpasta (@TandpastaCB) April 10, 2017
And in a pilot aired last year, contestants guessed whether Asian volunteers were "Chinese or Japanese".
The production company KRO-NCRV released a statement (via The Telegraph) defending the show, and arguing that it's attempting to convey the moral message of "how you can go wrong if someone evaluates his or her appearance".
It explained: "In this round, there are different prejudices like: is he a criminal or business man? Is he Dutch or a German?, etc. Through these satirical settings, we laugh off all forms of prejudices."
They insist the show's purpose is to challenge stereotypes and taboos by making people make a snap judgement of others.
A petition against the show has since been launched, which accuses broadcasters of "downgrading women to pieces of meat", and at the time of writing had received over 2,200 signatures.
Satirisch of niet, mensen op tv laten raden of een vrouw dik of zwanger is kán gewoon niet. Teken de petitie! https://t.co/wGf8IoWpCd- Coks Donders (@coksdonders) April 11, 2017
The petition which has been shared on Twitter, roughly translates as "Satirical or not, people on TV are guessing whether women are fat or pregnant... Sign the petition!"
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