Naked Attraction is a new British dating show which recently aired on the UK's Channel 4. The narration at the start of the show tells us that, "Status symbols, online profiles and the clothes we wear can all get in the way of finding our perfect mate. But what would happen if we were stripped of all the things that usually define us?"
People probably tuned in out of curiosity, probably thinking that they would see people without their smartphones and designer clothes, but it seems Channel 4 had more in mind when it came to stripping away personal items.
So predictably, after one too many close-ups of strangers' genitals it was more like, "Pass me the eye bleach!".
You'd think with a title like that viewers might know what to expect.
But it also caught some viewers unaware as they were casually flicking through the TV channels looking for some late night viewing. Only to be met with flaccid schlongs.
The show, hosted by Anna Richardson and watched by over a million viewers, sees a contestant choose a date out of six people, all of whom are standing naked in a glass box. The contestant gets shown parts of the naked people, their genitals are revealed first, before they begin to get eliminated and whittled down to a winner.
The presenter and contestant discuss their various body parts and eventually the lucky date is picked, who hugs the person who picked them—while both are naked. They then get to go on a date, wearing clothes. It's like it's got it all in reverse. Still, people were pretty upset by it, especially on their TV screens. Fine if it's on the internet, but broadcast TV? Dayamn.
However, rather than just titillation Channel 4 claim it's a social experiment. "The series will examine whether or not we can rely on our primal instincts to find a suitable partner." they say.
If Twitter is anything to go by it seems it was more endurance test than social experiment. Whether it will make it past this pilot episode remains to be seen.
Here's some of the tweets.
The horror, the horror.