10,000 wowsers and one woman from Australia dictate TVNZ programming

Mob rule is all the rage with wowsers and wankers dictating to private companies and other organisations what should or shouldn’t be produced, made or sold.

Now TVNZ has caved in to an online petition.

TVNZ have responded to a petition with over 10,000 signatories and ditched plans to screen a controversial British reality TV show in which participants had sex during the programme.

Sex Box,  a Channel Four show in which couples have sex inside a screened box before a studio audience then step out to discuss the experience, was due to air on TV2 next month.

But the network confirmed today they had dropped it from schedules.

“The series was initially considered to form a part of our July line-up but given the feedback we’ve taken the time to re-look at it,” said a spokesman. “On reflection, we agree it is not the right fit for inclusion in the TV2 schedule.”

“We typically get a range of viewer opinions expressed about our on-air and online content. Not everyone will agree with every decision we make but we do listen,” the spokesperson added.

TVNZ said that they were “responding to the feedback” the network had received about the show, and agreed that after “taking a closer look at Sex Box” the show was not “the right fit” for the public broadcaster.

Caving to pressure. They’ve set a precedent now. I can’t wait for the petition to get rid of Hosking to raise its head again.

An online petition launched by petitioner Ann-Maree Quinn to see TV2 axe the show launched on community website CitizenGo in early June, and has since garnered 10,184 signatories, with a goal to eventually reach 20,000.

“Yet another bizarre reality TV show to occupy our screens, but this one is particularly troubling on a number of levels,” the petition read.

“It is not prudish to object to Sex Box. Some things ought not to be for sale, ought not to be promoted with evocative storylines, solely to grow viewership,” Quinn continued.

“Some things simply require a level of good taste and decency.  Sexual intimacy is not just a recreational activity to be viewed, scored and analysed in such a public setting,”

Quinn’s anti-Sex Box petition deemed the series “a new low” in our “flash in the pan, celebrity-seeking culture.”

Actually it is prudish, and now TVNZ has its programming set by a wowser who thinks she knows best for us.

The solution for people like Ann-Maree Quinn is for them to change the channel and not watch the show. This tart has cost taxpayers money as TVNZ had already bought the rights to the show.

What is worse is thatthe tart doesn’t even live in NZ and she is dictating what we can and can’t watch on TVNZ.

Quinn, who is currently based in Australia, said the purpose behind starting her petition was to “maintain high community standards on public TV.”

“If there is no line drawn in the sand in relation to programming standards, they will continue to slip” she said.

“It’s true, people will argue there are worse shows on TV or that viewers can just turn off. It is not a giant leap to suggest that what TV2 is proposing to screen is a form of free-to air pornography.

“The show’s role therefore in the desensitisation of sexual acts and the impact of pornography on public health, especially young viewers, cannot be glossed over here” she added.

Oh, get stuffed. A prude, living in Australia, is now setting standards on TVNZ? What next? Outsourcing public decency lawmaking to Saudi Arabia?

TVNZ is now a waste of space if they cave in to social justice warriors like this.


– Fairfax

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