BSA complaints soar because of Naked Attraction

Stuff 9 November 2018
Family First Comment:  Because the BSA is morally hopeless, complaints will increase but complainants will soon realise the process is flawed and useless. Time for an overhaul.

A controversial dating show where potential love interests are introduced by gradually revealing their naked bodies, has caused a huge spike in complaints to the Broadcasting Standards Authority.

Naked Attraction on TVNZ 2 has been deemed unacceptable by complainants because of its high level of nudity and sexual discussion.

The BSA had a 54 per cent increase in complaints over the past year, up to 174, and issued 103 decisions in the last financial year, according to its annual report. There was also a 65 per cent increase in enquiries to the BSA.

The advocacy group Family First made one of the complaints about the British show, which shows close-up shots of genitalia of the naked participants vying for dates.

Although the BSA found it acceptable to broadcast the programme after 9:30pm with an Adults Only warning, they still upheld the complaints because the programme contained explicit nudity and sexual references and failed to meet the good taste and decency standards.

In July Family First said in a press release that Lighting Direct, Carpet Court, Warehouse Stationery, Foodstuffs, Electrolux and Kitchen Things had all withdrawn advertising during the programme’s timeslot.

Family First national director Bob McCoskrie started a #BoycottNakedAttraction campaign during season one of the programme, where Fonterra, Lotto, Emirates and The Warehouse Group all agreed to remove advertising during the show’s timeslot.

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