How did this even make it to air?
You’re four-years-old. You’ve just learned that a woman can get pregnant. Sure, you’re not really sure what that means or how it happens, but you want to know more. You’re in a supermarket and you see a woman with a pronounced tummy. You’ve gotta ask her; you have to know!
So, you do. Then you’re parent overhears, apologizes profusely to the stranger, and pulls you away.
“You never ask a woman if she’s pregnant!” they angry-whisper at you.
Well, apparently, this isn’t something that happens in the Netherlands. Or, it is, but a bunch of execs over at NPO 3 never experienced it, because that’s exactly what they’re doing — on national television — and people are mad. Like, really mad.
Reality TV Problem
I’m the first to admit that not everything on American television is well conceived, produced, sensitive, or politically correct — hey, it’s a good thing for me; I spend almost all of my time writing about it. That said, this new show from a Dutch television channel NPO 3 might take the cake.
“Bring Your Bathing Suit”
Neem Je Zwemspullen Mee (English: Bring Your Bathing Suit) has a simple premise. Volunteers are brought onstage and a panel of celebrities have to answer simple “this or that” questions about them. Except, as it turns out, the questions aren’t so simple, and so far, they’ve been… questionable to say the least.
The pilot received relatively little backlash when it aired, which is surprising considering it featured a panel asked to decide whether an Asian volunteer was Japanese or Chinese.
Another clip from the first episode showed the panel trying to determine whether another volunteer was a man or a woman. (Reinforcing the gender binary is so fun and light-hearted, am I right?)