Is this for real? Possibly the most sexist TV program in history? In this Danish chat show, women walk out in a bathrobe and stand in front of two men – host Thomas Blachman and his male guest. The women then strip as Blachman and his guest assess their naked figures, oftentimes with humiliating comments.
Blachman, a judge of the Danish X-factor, insists that he is doing women a favor since the “female body thirsts for the words of a man.” Riiiiight.
Blachman goes further to say that the higher object of the show is allow for a discussion of “the aesthetics of a female body without allowing the conversation to become pornographic or politically correct.” The entire idea of the show “is to let men talk about the bodies of naked women while the woman is standing right in front of them.”
Thankfully, no one seems to like the show and Blachman has been widely criticized as being sexist and demeaning towards women, and rightly so. His comments towards women, such as “I’ve always been an ass man” and “very animated nipples,” are sophomoric and insulting. Author Knud Romer states, “The program’s so-called intention of breaking down taboos or challenging stereotypes is rubbish. It’s more like a claustrophobic strip club which only serves to cement classic concepts of male dominance.”
One of Denmark’s top bloggers, Lotte Hansen, has started a campaign demanding the cancellation of the show “before this goes any further.”
However, Blachman, who has since retreated from the controversy to his home in New York, remains ambivalent to the critiques. “Ungratefulness is the only thing that can really wear down the few geniuses who reside in our country. Remember, I am giving you something that you have never seen before. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”
Check out a clip below of the TV show. Though it’s in Deutsch, the message is pretty clear…