By Christopher Rosa. Photos: Courtesy of Twitter.
BuzzFeed reports that Neem Je Zwemspullen Mee, a new celebrity game show on the Dutch network NPO 3, recently featured a segment where a woman had to stand on stage as four strange men studied her; then, those guys had to guess whether she was overweight or with child. This is so mind-blowingly horrifying and wrong that there truly are no words to describe it.
Well, there are, but the Dutch people who watched this disgusting segment already said them all. Unsurprisingly, Neem Je Zwemspullen Mee viewers wildly disapproved of the"Fat or Pregnant?" challenge. Refinery29 translated a few of the tweets from fans, and they say exactly what we're all thinking. "A woman on a block and the question, 'Thick or Pregnant? ' WTF?" wrote one viewer. Another outraged audience member called the segment a "meat inspection" and said Neem Je Zwemspullen Mee should be "ashamed" of it. Took the words right out of our mouths.
This isn't the first time Neem Je Zwemspullen Mee incorporated a deeply offensive "game" into its show. BuzzFeed reports it also included a segment where male contestants had to guess whether a woman's breasts were real or fake. And in last year's pilot, guests were tasked with figuring out if a person was Chinese or Japanese. Yes, these are all real things that happened on a real TV show. In 2017.
BuzzFeed also included a statement from Neem Je Zwemspullen Mee's production company, KRO-NCRV, which claimed the show creates "satirical settings." Um, satirical? So, it's all supposed to be a joke? What's funny about this?
Nothing! We're stating the obvious, but these segments take misogyny and body-shaming to destructive new lows. It's hard to believe someone would even come up with ideas like this, let alone broadcast them on TV—publicly-funded TV, mind you. That means Dutch tax dollars are going toward it. Not exactly NPR, is it?
This story originally appeared on Glamour.
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