Max Adds Nude Dating Show To Platform That Features Kids’ Content
By Movieguide® Contributor
Max has added the nude dating show NAKED ATTRACTION to its streaming platform, which also features kids’ content.
The U.K. dating reality show sees contestants get completely naked. They are then judged by the date-seeker, who eventually takes their clothes off, too.
The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the episodes of NAKED ATTRACTION are “uncensored, but have added a warning at the beginning of each: ‘The following series is intended only for mature audiences. It contains full frontal nudity, coarse language, and graphic discussions about the human body. Viewer discretion is advised.’”
The show has already started making waves. The hosts of THE VIEW discussed NAKED ATTRACTION, with co-host Whoopi Goldberg blasting it for making contestants “choose dates based on their naked bodies.”
The Parents Television Council has also criticized the show and Max for adding NAKED ATTRACTION to their streaming platform.
“NAKED ATTRACTION should not exist on the Max streaming platform, and HBO should immediately remove this exploitative, pornographic program,” the organization said in a statement. “Max has mediocre parental controls, enabling children to access some of the most explicit streaming content on the market. There is no doubt children will be able to easily access NAKED ATTRACTION, the purpose of which is to shock and titillate the audience with uncensored and explicit nudity.”
The statement continued, “And in a new low for HBO, the show fully exploits its own participants, somehow convincing them that their exploitation for the purpose of dating is right and good…[HBO] gives the appearance of a trusted family brand by hosting HARRY POTTER and SESAME STREET, but HBO has now lifted its own veil, revealing that it is and always was a pornography channel.”
As the Parents Television Council stated, Max has lots of content geared towards children. Adding NAKED ATTRACTION to their content roster is a disappointing move from the streaming platform.
Movieguide® previously reported on the network’s addition of excessive content:
HOUSE OF THE DRAGON, a hyperviolent, hypersexual spin-off of GAME OF THRONES, cannot save the floundering HBO Max.
Though it broke the streamer’s record for the most-watched series’ premiere, the platform is losing traction. HBO Max was recently included in the Warner Bros.’-Discovery (WBD) merger.
HBO Max is wrongfully putting their eggs in this egregious and excessive basket. People do not want the atrocious content in shows like HOUSE OF THE DRAGON. Even star Matt Smith said the show contained too much sexual content for his preference, and mainstream media outlets like BBC say some scenes need to have trigger warnings for their excessive violence.
According to the Movieguide® review, there is very strong violence including graphic scenes of humans having various body parts dismembered, including sexual organs; strong nudity including rear male and female nudity and upper male and female nudity; there strong sex a character is shown committing adultery with a prostitute.
Though streaming does not follow the same guidelines as the box office and it can be difficult to determine success, the same formulas hold true: Audience members want to watch content that appeals to each member of their family. The more inspirational and redemptive content in a series, the more it will succeed.
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