Judges’ antics a model of rudeness
AUSTRALIA’S Next Top Model is heading for hot water because of the outrageous antics of its judges.
The Foxtel show last year copped a hiding for encouraging already slim contestants to lose weight and for not doing enough to stop bullying, and the new season promises to be just as controversial.
Judge Alex Perry has already apologised for his catty remarks in episode one.
Take these comments from conversations between Perry, fellow judges Charlotte Dawson, Priscilla Australia’s Next Top Model, M FOX8 (Foxtel), Tuesday, 7.30pm Search for a stunner Duration: 1 hour Leighton Clark and contestant mentor Jonathan Pease: Perry on contestant Clare Venema: ‘‘I’m loving her. Slightly psycho, slightly beauty pageant-looking. OK, she’s like a murderous beautypageant queen.’’ Dawson adds: ‘‘Eyes slightly too close together and could knife you in the back — she’s good.’’ Perry on contestant Adele Theil, 18: ‘‘She’s got no top lip. She’s got a blockhead.’’ Leighton Clark: ‘‘She’s the one you said looked like Frankenstein.’’ Perry on contestant Laura Tyrie, 18: ‘‘She looks like a wild pig. What a lump — a moose.’’ Pease on contestant Cassi Van Den Dungen, 16: ‘‘You may be a bogan, but don’t be a bogan on this show.’’
Later in the show Van Den Dungen is seen emerging from the toilet after vomiting from the trauma of her day. Another girl is told she must improve her diet because she’s too thin.
Comments of encouragement are occasionally directed at the contestants, but Melbourne psychologist Dr Janet Hall worries about the impact of put-downs. Hall believes the experience of being dismissed and immediately sent home from a reality show has the potential to leave contestants feeling ‘‘depressed, used and invalidated’’.
‘‘They are making hostile judgments based on superficial visuals,’’ Hall says of some of the judges’ comments. I spend my life as a psychologist trying to build people’s self-esteem after they have been criticised about their looks by their peers and even their parents — fathers in particular.’’
Sunbury’s Van Den Dungen has been ordered into anger-management counselling by the reality show’s producers.
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