But Pete, Manu, what took you so long…?
9 years of drama, insults & abuse but now MKR judges reckon "We had to act." Yeah, right.
Maybe Manu Fieldel and Pete Evans don’t actually watch My Kitchen Rules, but I am a tad perplexed why they have suddenly grown a conscience and have taken the time to address the removal of a team from the show.
Seven released an editorial / promo for the show yesterday.
But what the hell have they been thinking for the past 8 seasons? Like those oh-so-genuine psychologists on another reality show, they are colluding (or even facilitating) primetime abuse, in what purports to be a cooking series.
“We would like to take a moment to talk about the events that led to one team being removed from My Kitchen Rules,” Fieldel says.
“Over the history of the show we’ve never had to deal with anything like this: the removal of a team from the competition,” drones Pete Evans.
“After continued warnings and an unprecedented attack on all the teams, we had to act,” Fieldel continues.
“This is the week it happens,” adds Evans. In case you were in any doubt.
In the 1:14 lecture from the two judges we are also subjected to dinner table histrionics and insults and a booming voice reminding us that the “MKR Scandal” is finally here (tip: guides indicate Wednesday).
Fieldel can even be heard telling the teams “This is a cooking competition.” You reckon? So why the hell is there no cooking anywhere to be seen in the promo? This is even a season that had a bloke who admitted he can’t cook as a contestant.
That’s because this is just a cleverly packaged excuse of a promo to maximise TV ratings.
Without having seen the episode I’m not privy to how low things stoop compared to previous years, but can I just say that the insults, bullying and casual racism that has flown across the table in previous years must have been ok with our two dapper judges given it has taken until 2018 -when the show is at an all-time low- for them to address it.
You will see plenty of media stories surrounding this incident before and after (and contestants being kicked off a reality show is frankly, significant enough for me to archive too). However I am mindful that giving this incident oxygen, the very thing I am doing now, makes me part of the problem not part of the solution. I’m playing right into the hands of the network marketing machine by adding to the controversy….. I get that.
All I can really do is offer an honest perspective of how I see things. If we are really addressing the abuse then what are the changes the show will adopt moving forward? Why are we only talking about a conduct the show has encouraged in a 1:14 minute video?
Nah, this is just almighty spin by a show out of genuine ideas.
If anybody wants me I’ll be over here watching UnREAL.