TV Show Criticised For Segment About Man Who Died From Injecting Scrotum With Silicone

Australian talk show The Project has detailed the tragic story of a man who died after injecting silicone into his scrotum, the Daily Mail reports.

The man's mother, Linda Chapman, opened up about the 'bondage master', Dylan Hafertepen, who she accuses of coercing son Jack Chapman, 28, into injecting himself with the silicone.

Jack, who went by the nickname of 'Pup Tank', was part of a scene in Seattle fronted by Hafertepen, which involves followers having engorged scrotums, among other physical attributes.

He died last month from 'silicone embolism syndrome', having injected the liquid substance into his scrotum.

"What sort of person injects into their balls... what sort of person does that?" she said on the show.

"Someone who feels so badly about themselves, someone who was vulnerable, who just wanted your love at any cost... and the cost of his life."

Handing over her son's ashes, she angrily asked Hafertepen: "I didn't get a chance to say goodbye, he was in the hospital for about a week, and nobody thought a mother might want to know?"

Hafertepen explained that her son had requested Chapman not be notified of his health struggles 'unless absolutely necessary'.

"Don't you think it was necessary when he was on a ventilator in an induced coma?" Chapman replied.

Credit: Jack Chapman/Facebook
Credit: Jack Chapman/Facebook

While Chapman blames Hafertepen for her son's death, he has argued that he did not inject Jack's testicles with silicone.

However, the shocking segment came under fire from many viewers, with many labelling it 'sensationalistic' and 'manipulative.

One person wrote on social media: "Jesus this is hard to watch."

Someone else said: "Lots of people live in different relationships than a nuclear family. While losing a son is obviously heartbreaking, I feel this was a generalised and sensationalist attack on non-heteronormative relationships."

A third wrote: "Serious story revealed in a sensationalistic and manipulative manner, more like a Channel Nine effort, all that was missing was Tracey Grimshaw."

Others argued that it 'demonised' the BDSM lifestyle, as Chapman was calling her son's scene a 'sort of clan, family, like a cult'.

One wrote: "This was clearly not a healthy relationship but it's no reason to demonise being gay or a BDSM lifestyle."

According to The Stranger, Jack was a 'pup' who would cater to the master's needs - like many other dominance and submissions relationships - by submissively become an 'obedient puppy'.

He was one of many 'pups' linked with Hafertepen in the 'polyamorous, self-made family'.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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