Naked Attraction boss forced to respond as show receives huge nudity backlash after airing in US
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The Americans have discovered Naked Attraction and it's safe to say the Channel 4 dating show where contestants appear in nothing but their birthday suit has had a bit of a mixed response.
Here's a clip, and trust us, the original broadcast blurred nothing out:
If, for whatever reason, you're unfamiliar with the dating show which launched on Channel 4 in the UK and is now available to stream on HBO Max, someone looking for love is presented with a number of potential partners.
As you can probably guess from the title, they're all completely nude, with only a screen to protect their modesty which gets raised as the show goes on and more of their body is bared.
And the show doesn't shy away from anything, there's no blurring of genitals and indeed, the camera goes in for a good look at whatever the contestant and host Anna Richardson are discussing.
Over here, we've already gone through the whole 'that man has his dingle-dongle out on national television' rigmarole since Naked Attraction first aired in 2016, but over in the US they're just learning all about it.
While it attracted complaints in the UK when it was first broadcast, regulator Ofcom said the context of the show justified the nudity, and Naked Attraction made it clear to viewers what they were getting in for, with 'clear warnings' being given prior to broadcast.
A dating show where everyone's got their bumps, lumps and rumps out on display has naturally attracted quite a bit of interest and criticism, with some branding it 'absolutely bonkers' in a good way and others insisting that it's so morally repugnant.
Even though there's been significant backlash from some corners, the interest in the show is clearly strong with plenty of people streaming it.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Naked Attraction's executive producer, Darrell Olsen, has addressed some of the backlash the show has encountered since it started streaming on HBO Max.
He said: "What’s happening in the States right now is [like how the U.K. reacted] seven or so years ago.
"You have 'I can’t believe this is on screen' - shock and outrage - mixed with 'This is quite amazing.' The show isn’t for everyone, but everyone is interested in it.
"I think what will happen with you guys is, hopefully, what happened over here, where the 'Oh my God, I can’t believe this is on TV' turns into 'It’s a pretty good show.' Also, the stories get better and we push more boundaries [in the latter seasons]."
Olsen said he initially thought the show wouldn't work in the US due to 'the public feeling about nudity on TV' but said he tried to make a US original version of Naked Attraction in the past without success.
However, the show's clearly interested and growing audience across the pond means it might happen and Olsen was 'very excited by that prospect'.