Si­lence af­ter model fight

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THE two mod­els who sparred on Aus­tralia’s Next Top Model (ANTM) are avoid­ing so­cial me­dia reaction af­ter a con­tro­ver­sial in­ci­dent, while view­ers con­tinue to call for ‘‘bul­ly­ing’’ ads to be re­moved from the re­al­ity TV se­ries. Model hope­ful Tay­lah Roberts, 18 (pic­tured), was dis­qual­i­fied from Fox­tel’s re­al­ity TV search af­ter phys­i­cally at­tack­ing fel­low con­tes­tant Ash­ley Pog­more. The two girls had been par­tic­i­pat­ing in an art class on the show with other con­tes­tants be­fore a paint fight erupted. Roberts, up­set her clothes were dam­aged in the paint fight, is seen lung­ing at ri­val con­tes­tant Pog­more be­fore chok­ing her in a semi-jovial way. ‘‘I’m gonna (ex­ple­tive) stran­gle you,’’ she says. Pog­more is later seen crying on cam­era, vis­i­bly dis­traught af­ter the phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion. ‘‘(Pay TV chan­nel) Fox8 and the se­ries pro­duc­ers, Shine, do not con­done any form of vi­o­lence and felt dis­qual­i­fy­ing Tay­lah from the com­pe­ti­tion was ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion,’’ an ANTM spokesper­son writes on Face­book. In an in­ter­view with Syd­ney ra­dio sta­tion 2Day FM yes­ter­day, Roberts said she ac­cepted her dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion. ‘‘I think that I de­served it,’’ she says. ‘‘Ev­ery­body makes mis­takes and it was un­for­tu­nate that mine was on national TV.’’ Viewer reaction to the episode has been mon­i­tored for a po­ten­tial pub­lic back­lash against the teens. On Twit­ter and Face­book, some view­ers crit­i­cise the pair. Oth­ers are sup­port­ive. ‘‘Per­haps if some­one had taught Ash­ley that NO means NO then it wouldn’t have gone as far as it did. Clearly her im­ma­tu­rity and in­abil­ity to stop when the girls said stop was what lead to the prob­lem in the first place,’’ one viewer writes. ‘‘Tay­lah and Ash­ley have han­dled them­selves amaz­ingly dur­ing the af­ter­math of this whole cir­cus. Credit to them,’’ an­other writes. Pog­more and Roberts are both avoid­ing so­cial me­dia reaction. ‘‘Af­ter­wards, I had a look and I don’t think I would look again,’’ Roberts says. Mean­while, view­ers con­tinue to call for the show’s ma­jor spon­sor TRESemme to re­move ad­ver­tise­ments they say are tan­ta­mount to bul­ly­ing. In the ads, a group of well-groomed girls are seen hid­ing their TRESemme hair care prod­uct from an­other, less glossy friend, who’s in search of the wares. ‘‘Your AUs NTM ads pro­mote bul­ly­ing and re­ally should be canned,’’ Jo­hanna MacGre­gor tweets. TRESemme re­sponds: ‘‘Our ad­ver­tise­ments take a light-hearted, tongue in cheek ap­proach to the com­pet­i­tive na­ture of the show and we be­lieve the vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple will view them in this light,’’ says a spokesper­son.

Aus­tralia’s Next Top Model: Tues­days, 7.30pm, Fox8; en­cores Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day, Fri­day, Sun­day, var­i­ous times.

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