Channel 4’s upcoming new TV show Surjury allows for contestants to compete for the chance to win plastic surgery. Contestants will need to pledge why they need surgery (they couldn’t usually afford) the most.
Channel 4 has had some unusual reality TV shows over the years, but it looks like new show Surjury could top the lot when you hear about the concept behind it, being described by many as a new low for television.
A remake of the US show, there appears to be little of the programme online – maybe for good reason.
Set to air in 2020, the concept behind the show is that contestants will be trying to bag free plastic surgery that they couldn’t usually afford by pledging their case on TV. The series will bankroll the winner and film the transformation.
To convince the jury that they are the contestant that is most deserving of the surgery, they need to win a majority vote of 75 percent.
Some people may not agree, but this sounds like a pretty dangerous concept when it comes to a television show. With social media, both men and women are already feeling the pressure to look a particular way. The end result may not lead to the happiness the contestants believe they’ll get.
Channel 4 has defended the concept behind the show: “From bum-lifts to nose jobs, sculpted abs to breast enlargements, The Surjury allows people to explore their choices more thoroughly.”
Executive producer for the show’s creator Gobstopper Television, Ross McCarthy, added: “This is a totally new way of doing peer-to-peer advice.
“Our pitchers will either get the surgery they’ve always wanted or a massive boost in confidence when the public rules they don’t need work at all!”
Not only has Channel 4 faced backlash for the TV show, but also host Caroline Flack who shared the news via her Instagram account, which has over 2.3 million followers.
Caroline wrote: “Over the mooooooon to be hosting my first Channel 4 show The Surjury.”
In an interview with Celeb Now, Caroline has compared the plastic surgery within the show as simple as maintaining a persons’ teeth or hair: “I don’t have any judgements. You get your hair cut or whiten your teeth, so what’s the problem if it makes you feel confident?”
Some people took to the comments section to share with Caroline their disappoint at her latest venture, saying it glorifies the concept of plastic surgery.
Amypritchards7 wrote: “Oh flack I love you so! But so very concerned a programme is using a medical procedure as a prize.. Ethics gone mad!”
Nicolio27 said: “The concept of this show is shocking.”
Cjv2005 added: “Sorry but I really do think we need more positive role modelling other than plastic surgery these days #disappointed.”
Caroline opted not to reach out to the negative comments.
Instead, a Channel 4 representative reached out to defend the show: “Rather than wag a disapproving finger, this new series looks at who wants it, and why – and allows those who make a strong enough case to their peers, to undergo the procedure of their choice.
“The show will neither glamorise nor condemn their choices: the aim is instead to interrogate the realities.
“All contributors featured in the series have actively been seeking surgery of their own accord.”
Plastic surgery has become almost as common as getting a new hairstyle, and shows like this will just make it more normal than ever before, to the dismay of some. For example, a girl spent over £15,000 on plastic surgery, hoping it would mean she’d make the pick for the Love Island lineup. Sadly for her, this wasn’t the case.
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