How much would it take to make you strip down to your birthday suit on public television?
It sounds like something that might happen on a trashy reality TV show. If you are Danish, though, this could be describing not only a REAL life reality show, but one that solely revolves around the concept.
Yes, it does exist. The show “Blachman,” named after the judge and creator, Thomas Blachman, is a show that consists of two fully clothed men sitting on a couch while criticizing a stark-naked woman, who must remain silent during the criticism.
It sounds like a sexual witch-hunt, but according to the creator, the show was intended as a “tribute” to women. After all, no one is forcing them to be on the show, or even watch it.
According to reporter Emma Jane Kirby, each woman who participates on the show gets around 250 euros, or a bit over $330 U.S. Sounds like a penny for their thoughts, in the most literal sense.
One may be curious as to what is said during the critiques of the women. In one Dateline video I watched on Youtube, a full report was given about the nature of the show. I managed to make it through the entire 18 minute explanation. Surely you cannot judge a show with limited information and without having first watched it.
The show began with a broadcaster saying “Gentlemen of Denmark, Thomas Blachman would like your attention.”
Then the first line, I kid you not, to come from Blachman:
“Are you also the horniest person you have ever met? Are you touched by who you are? Do you often touch yourself?You see, I suffer from too much porn on the one hand and too much politically correct puritanism on the other. But what about the poetry? Where did it go?”
To clarify, Blachman has always contested that this show is, as I stated before, about a “tribute” to women as well as being “poetic.” But how is this possibly poetic, you might ask? Well, being a famous jazz musician allows Blachman to understand music and its poetry, to an extent–perhaps more than you and me. The poetry of the show is in the criticism.
“The female body is thirsting for words. A man’s words.”
Each week he invites a well known Danish man–comedian, artist, etc–to help co-judge the woman. They sit in a black room on a couch; the woman enters wearing a black robe and without words, removes it. She then stands naked. As I watched, I heard some choice words from the criticism I would like to share:
“I’m not really keen on shaving or waxing.”
“I don’t know if my hand could handle a breast like that.” –
“I wouldn’t know what the hell to do.” (The retort from the co-host, making sounds that suggest rubbing his face in between the woman’s breasts)
“That’s a damn nice arse. Look at it, for God’s sake.”
Of course there is a moral to the story that ties in to the earlier suggestion of men being uber horny. He asks the viewers what is wrong with men in society today? Surprisingly, sexism is not suggested, but rather that we are headed for a “dickless” society. A society where a man must be “apologizing for his erection, asking what to do with it.”
The co-host then replies, “Get on your knees, Miss, and we’ll figure it out.” Laughter follows.
Was that an offer for rape? The man flat out tells the woman that if males have an erection, as females we must relieve them of their problem. This has absolutely nothing to do with the woman’s body, making the show indeed “the world’s most sexist show ever.”
If the intention were to make women comfortable about their bodies and improve society, then why is the business of a male’s erection even mentioned? I was under the impression the show was about women, but the opening statement clearly contradicts what Blachman said the show was about, “a tribute to women.”
If you do believe your sole purpose on this earth is to view 50% of the population as a sexual object, then keep it to yourself. The fact that he tries to make the show about the women gaining confidence is a complete joke. It took literally two minutes for someone to talk about sexually assaulting the woman standing there, and about the effect she was having on his–ahem–manhood. That is doing the complete opposite of making a woman feel “empowered,” it is imprisoning her.
The show aired in April 2013 and finished its first season in May, totaling six episodes. Unfortunately, it has not been given the green light for season two. How odd. Perhaps this means that the majority of people didn’t like the idea of men telling women what is wrong, or right, with their bodies; maybe they feel that Blachman and company’s words were far less of a “tribute,” and more of a really terrible thing to ever decide to put on in a society where people have feelings and value.