A Dutch TV show has come up with the worst concept ever.
The reality series “Neem Je Zwemspullen Mee” — which translates to “Bring Your Bathing Suit” — invites women on stage to stand on a rotating platform. They are then inspected by two teams of men who try and guess whether the women are “pregnant or just fat.”
Nieuw programma op NPO3. Hier moeten vier mannen raden of deze vrouw dik of zwanger is. Leuk. Echt leuk. pic.twitter.com/jobyo8bqlT— Lisa Bouyeure (@lisabouyeure) April 10, 2017
Naturally, the series sparked controversy after the first episode aired on Sunday. On Twitter, viewers voiced their shock and outrage.
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
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
But that wasn’t the only offensive part of the show. To make matters worse, the episode also included another challenge where contestants had to guess whether a woman’s breasts were real or fake. And last year, when the show aired its pilot (the first episode), contestants had to guess if a person was Chinese or Japanese.
“In this round, there are different prejudices like: is he a criminal or business man? Is he Dutch or a German, etc,” the statement read. “Through these satirical settings, we laugh off all forms of prejudices.”
Kro-Ncrv also added that they did not receive any backlash from the pilot, which has been online for almost a year. In fact, the network decided to create the TV series because the pilot was so popular online.
However, many viewers did not find the show entertaining and launched a petition to have it removed from TV. The petition argues that the series not only objectifies women and downgrades them to “pieces of meat,” but also suggests that “it is OK to shamelessly assess a person's body.”
So far, more than 2,500 people have signed the petition to ban the show.
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
While the petition makes good arguments, some Twitter users questioned why the women volunteered to be involved at all.
@BuzzFeed So why are women doing this in the first place? The power is with them. Don't go on the f-ing show.— Lala (@RedGypsyBlues) April 11, 2017
@BuzzFeed But why did the woman take part in this shit show?— Lord Ninnycock (@kochimi2001) April 12, 2017
But regardless, many just couldn’t understand why anyone thought the show’s premise was a good idea.
“It amazes me above all a religious broadcaster chooses this type of format,” wrote one user.
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