MPs call for a UK ban on promiscuous American TV show

An American reality TV show called Girls Gone Wild is meant to be making a launch in Britain and the producers are on the look–out for suitable cities to film in.

The thing is that this TV show has the aim of finding drunk out-of-the-mind girls in order that the presenters get them to strip off naked, and then do crazily sexual acts on TV.

MPs in the North East fear that the show’s producers have Newcastle and surrounding areas firmly in their sights because of the city’s party–loving reputation. The politicians are so concerned that they have asked the Home Office to prevent the programme makers from being allowed to operate in Britain. Ian Mearns, the MP for Gateshead, has tabled an early day motion calling on the Home Secretary to ban the film makers from operating in this country.

Mr Mearns said he was sure that Newcastle, with its reputation as a party city, would be on the list of locations. The Girls Gone Wild franchise, which was set up by Joe Francis, a 38–year–old Californian millionaire, has provoked widespread controversy in America. In 2008, Francis was convicted on child abuse and prostitution charges after pleading no contest to a set of charges. Despite pleading guilty, he has always denied any wrongdoing.

The Girls Gone Wild phenomenon has been broadcast in America since 1997 and features camera crews approaching young drunken women in public places and encouraging them to expose themselves in return for free T–shirts and other merchandise.

Mr Mearns’s motion has won widespread support from other MPs. Within the motion is this statement:

This House is deeply concerned that US pornography production company Mantra Films Inc is filming Girls Gone Wild in the UK, which approaches young women, many of them intoxicated, in public places, and encourages them to expose their breasts, simulate sex acts and have sex on camera in exchange for Girls Gone Wild merchandise. This is a form of demeaning, exploitative and casualised prostitution; and [we] urge the Government to examine, as a matter of urgency, how it can protect young women and halt this attempt at sensationalist entertainment.

A spokesman for the Girls Gone Wild tour said

We are really excited about bringing the brand and its road show to the UK and we expect British young men and women to have a fantastic time at the events which are a really fun celebration of freedom and youthful expression.

Well I certainly hope that they don’t come to the UK. Is this really the sort of TV we want to be showing in Britain? It might work for America, but I certainly don’t think that it will work for the UK. We are currently TRYING to avoid encouragement of sexual promiscuity.

Besides, where is the value of women in this sort of show? Aren’t women meant to be equal in value to men. Surely doing this devalues them, turns them into a money making product, and sets them up for names such as ‘slut’ ‘slag’ and ‘slapper’,

What’s more, the audience who will tend to watch this will be the younger age ranges, such as teenagers and young adults, who are, at most times, impressionable to say the least.

OK, I understand that this sort of stuff DOES go on in the UK anyway, without the need of filming it. But should we be promoting it? I don’t think so. This is an absolute disgrace. Let’s ditch this idea, and start focusing on giving women the value, dignity and integrity that they deserve. If that’s what they really and truly want, then this sort of ‘capturing the sexual acts’ should not be welcomed in our country.

 

 

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Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about

  • Okay, I have a couple things to say after reading your post here… being an American, I found a lot of the comments you made about this being a little off.

    The first and biggest one is that you reference Girls Gone Wild as an American TV show. Perhaps the British view what a ‘TV show’ is differently than what we do in America, but I can assure you that Girls Gone Wild doesn’t make it onto regular TV over here, and has never come across as a ‘TV Show’ to me or anyone I know. The closest you can get to watching this on TV is through a Pay-Per-View service, which is more akin to renting a movie. More or less, it’s labeled in the same category that all other ‘adult’ entertainment is, and the only way it’s shown on TV is on networks that charge a fee for their programming.

    This sounds like nitpicking but it’s really a major point you seem to have left out. From the way your post sounds, it makes it seem like adult video entertainment is commonplace on regular television here in America and it’s simply not the case.

    That being said, I have to also disagree with the representation you’ve given the show. I’m not really defending it, as I find the whole concept of the show to be stupid, but at the same time, I have to give an unbiased opinion on it. I think the main cause of conflict here is not so much the content of the show itself, but the conflict of mindsets of the American producers and the British Government.

    You make valid points on that shows like this are demeaning and devalue women. I won’t argue that point, but at the same time, the definition of freedom is exactly what the American mindset is all about. In America, women are free to demean and devalue themselves if that is what they wish to do. Calling for them to ‘knock it off’ and fall in line with what society deems as ‘proper’ is simply a slap in the face to the ideals of Freedom that makes up the core of what American society is all about.

    More or less, while I don’t really agree with the show and I’d never bother to watch it myself, I have to say that there is nothing wrong with what they’re doing. If the girls want to flash their stuff for the camera, it’s well within their rights as human beings to do so, regardless of who thinks it’s ‘improper’.

    That’s just my two cents.

    • Hey ClockworkKitten,

      Thanks for the comment. I get what you’re saying, totally. However, I DO think our cultures are different, and whilst Girls Gone Wild may be a subscription service over there, it doesn’t mean it will be here, which is why the UK Government are unhappy about the situation. I think it adds to the fact that we in the UK see freedom in a different way I think to how Americans see it.

      Being typically British, the idea of freedom is that we are free and at liberty to say, undervalue ourselves, but we choose not to as it would be improper and ill fitting.

      We’re a country that has all these social taboos and problems, yet we’re always trying to battle them. And I think we should continue to as a country.

      We also place a high value on women anyway, and I think it would go against their British freedom to conduct themselves in a manner that can be seen on Girls Gone Wild.

      As you said, it may well be within their rights to flash and do whatever, but this all comes under the law of the land. And the law in the UK states that it is illegal to do this, it is illegal to have sex in a public place, and it may well, very soon, be illegal for Girls Gone Wild to be aired in the UK.

  • Tones

    I think the size of the UK in comparison to America is a point of consideration in this. In the UK it only takes a craze a number of days/weeks to sweep the whole nation. We can think back to “happy slapping”. Since we’re already sporting some of the highest teenage pregnancy rates on the continent, encouraging more promiscuity is the last thing we need. I think that the American concept of freedom is a nice ideal but doesn’t really work in practice (especially in the UK) as it leads to an overall degredation of society because as people from birth we naturally don’t want to stay within the boundaries of the freedom we receive. In a country where the media controls our young children’s thinking as they grow up, a show like ‘girls gone wild’ (if it is broadcast as a TV Show rather than a pay-per-view) will quickly see a dramatic increase in promiscuity and demeaning of girls in schools. We’ve got enough porn as it is.

    • Completely agree, Tones. We’re talking about two very different cultures here. I think the general feeling of this programme being shown in the UK will be one of utter disgust; or at least I hope so.

  • Amelia

    I find the whole concept of this appalling. Like, really really awful. If someone approached me asking me to do that, even if I were drunk, I would give them a very hard slap, and I hope that most girls would do the same. Sadly I know that’s not the case… This country has a bad enough problem concerning drink and girls growing up too fast etc, we do NOT need shows like this making matters worse. This isn’t about freedom, it’s about protecting these girls/women from doing something that is just ridiculously stupid and degrading and is practically prostitution. I bet you the people behind this are all horrible, pervy men – no decent woman would be a part of this. It’s disgusting. I will back the MPs all the way on this one.

    • I totally agree, Amelia…

      The guy who has organised all this was accused and charged for child pornography.

      Says alot.

  • You say the makers of this show get young girls to do crazily sexual acts..I haven’t seen the programme but if thats the case it is porn. Also if the girls approached are drunk they are more malleable to be encouraged into these acts and that is taking advantage of young girls. Is this entertainment? No. Should it be on mainsream tv? No.

    I believe the young generation need protecting from this lifestyle so it does not become mainstream. The best way to do that is through education and example.

    • Completely agree with you Claza. It’s ridiculous. And I think you’ve spoken with good authority and wisdom.

      Education is the way forward; but it will be harder to get people to set an example when so many people are morally loose when it comes to casual sex.

      • Thankyou Dean.

        I would like to add to my comment:

        Sex will always be around and rightly so, it creates the next generation. And I guess so will porn. Young drunken girls being taking advantage of…do people really want that to become the norm?

        ‘Bum Fights’ come to mind, where 2 homeless and usually drunk individuals are paid a small amount of cash to fight and it is sometimes recorded… and example of taking advantage of induviduals who are not in the best state of mind to make the best choices for themselves.

        • I think this is exactly what is going on. Maybe the producers see the UK as a sitting target for impressionable girls, who think it is fine to act in this sort of way.