written by:Angelica Bitto
Reality TV continues to grow and continues to be the biggest thing on television, we have everything from cooking shows, singing contests, and even dating shows. But is it starting to get too much and are we pushing the boundaries of some reality TV? The Bachelorette is a good example of a dating reality show, sometimes The Bachelorette can be very extreme and seem very scripted at times because you are putting all these men in one house fighting for one girl. If that doesn’t seem like a very crude way of finding love then maybe there is something else that will make you question dating and its “reality”? That something else is “Dating Naked,” which airs on VH1.
“Dating Naked” matches up several heterosexual contestants who are routinely switched with other contestants. They must remain completely naked for the duration of the date but when they get back to the house they have the option of being able to wear clothes again. They do blur the genitals of both sexes, female breasts, and occasionally buttocks. Amy Paffrath was the host for the first two seasons but was clothed the entire time while filming. The first season was filmed on an island in Panama. The second season was instead filmed in the Philippines and it was re-titled “Dating Naked: Playing for Keeps.” For the third season, they changed hosts to Rocsi Diaz and filmed in Bora Bora.
I believe that any dating show is kind of ridiculous. I mean, are you really going to find your true love in a show that requires you to let everything hang out and you are at your most vulnerable? Are you going to find love from dating all these different girls and guys and at the end of the day be able to pick who you want to spend the rest of your life with? “Dating Naked” is trying to break the boundary of being hidden that you are not able to hide behind your clothes but I honestly believe if you want someone to fully respect you meeting someone for the first time naked doesn’t seem like the best way to do it. It just seems like they will solely base who you are by appearance because you are putting everything out there. What I think they are trying to do is not have you judge right away because you are both supposed to feel a little shy about being naked and you wouldn’t want someone judging you based on what you look like naked right off the bat.
In cosmopolitan, they interviewed one of the hosts to hear about what happens behind the scenes of the show. Amy Paffrath explains how the show like this gets started. There was a recent trend in 2013 for “naked television” and the producer for “Dating Naked” wanted a twist on all the dating shows that have been on reality TV. Paffrath says the show “it’s more than just stripping away, clothing, but also the barriers that stop people from finding a connection with someone-whether that’s the social barriers or the physical barriers. She also explains that the nudity was not a part of the audition process but they had a final casting round where they had to make sure that they would all me comfortable with being naked in a room full of people and surrounded by cameras. The people they cast is a very wide range of ages from young 20s to 45 male and female. They don’t really keep the same ages all together they mix in ages, bodies, ethnicities, heights, and weights. “We’ve got a group of real people with real bodies and they’re just all comfortable in their own skins.” Says Amy. Then they ask the hard questions like if the girls make snap decision about their dates’ equipment? Amy says that there has been some childish behavior when it comes to that and some are snarkier ten others. But for the most part they were all respectful because they were all naked and in the same boat. “As much as you’re judging them, they could be judging you right back. Guys can feel strongly about women’s breast sizes too!” Which is what I feel like can cause problems with something like this. The contestants could be judging people right away and because of their appearance will not give them a chance which brings me to something that happens to one of the contestants on the show where the world was able to see everything.
There was an incident with this show a while back and Huffington post writes that “‘Dating Naked’ star is suing because everyone saw her naked.” In a strange twist of fate, a naked reality star is suing VH1’s pants off says Huffington post. During an episode that aired in July of 2014 New York model Jessie Nizewitz claims that the cable network aired uncensored footage of her private areas. Jessie is now filing a lawsuit for 10 million dollars and since the NSFW editing did have an error she might have a case. “Obviously, I did not expect the world to see my private parts,” reports Variety. “As far as the fallout from the show, the reality star says her grandma is giving her the cold shoulder and the man she had been dating (we’re assuming regular, mostly-clothed dating) isn’t calling her back.” Other sources have said that she has been mocked and bullied online. What my concern with this whole thing is that she agreed to be naked and filmed and yes, she did agree to have all parts blurred but I think you risk the fact of having things seen by others right when you agree to do the show.
For “Dating Naked” as the viewer am I supposed to be amused at the fact that these people are purposely going through these things strictly for the fact that they believe they will find love through these means. Because if you think about it these shows are done for our entertainment. So why is it so entertaining for us why are shows like these so popular in America? Why are we giving them these view?