Silence after model fight
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.