A Danish TV show has received major backlash after people were left disturbed by the fact that it puts naked adults in front of school-age kids.
Ultra Strips Down, an award-winning television programme in Denmark, has received criticism for putting nude adults in front of kids.
In the series, there is a group of participants aged between 11 and 13 and they have to ask the grown-up volunteers any questions that they have on their mind. According to the New York Times, the show is trying to promote body positivity and combat body-shaming.
Although the show has recently aired its second season on a channel called DR Ultra, it has sparked a backlash with many viewers and one politician even said it’s “depraving our children”.
Throughout Denmark, there is a generally permissive attitude towards nudity and it isn’t considered taboo. Even so, many have said it has taken this too far.
In one of the latest episodes, there was a focus on skin and hair. Students from a school were placed in the company of five naked adults, with the series’ creators insisting that it was to challenge the concept of there being perfect body types.
In the episode, one of the kids asked the naked adults: “At what age did you grow hair on the lower part of your body?”
Another kid asked an even more personal question, querying: “Are you pleased with your private parts?”
One adult who participated in the show, Martin, responded to the kids by saying that he had never had any negative thoughts about his privates. Whilst another man, also named Martin, said that he had worried about his privates and in particular, the size.
Viewers that have been left outraged by the TV show have addressed their concerns on DR Ultra’s Facebook page. Whilst many said they thought the show’s concept was great and encouraging positive attitudes, others said it was wrong to expose kids to naked adults.
One woman wrote: “F*** this is disgusting!”
Another added: “Would you please remove that s*** … you’re out in deep water.”
The channel has responded to the backlash and said: “What a comment … It’s educational TV for kids and families who can have healthy talk about what bodies look like.”
The first series of Ultra Strips Down aired in 2019 and won an award for best children’s programme at a Danish TV festival. The 2020 season has a total of five episodes in which there are differing topics.
Many of the schoolkids that have taken part have said that they all learned something whilst being involved in the show.
An 11-year-old said that “she felt more confident about her own body now”.
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