Beauty and The Geek Banned in Turkey
Beauty and the Geek is a hit here and in many other parts of the world, in part because it plays on stereotypes and awards contestants who rise about their labels. But the government of Turkey was not amused, and it convinced the TV station running the show to pull it from its schedule.
The show prompted several complaints about its portrayal of women as brainless beauties. For example, Nimet Cubukcu, Turkey’s minister in charge of women and family affairs, complained that the program was reinforcing "negative and humiliating prejudice against women,” according to an article in the International Herald Tribune.
Zahid Akman, head of the Turkish television watchdog, announced that the show would end less than a month after it debuted. Cubukcu sent a letter to Show TV executives thanking them for ending the program, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported.
We’re a bit disappointed – yes, we’re sure the women in the first few episodes looked and acted like idiots who only cared about fashion and shopping. At the same time, we’re sure the men looked like socially crippled idiots incapable of interacting with the opposite sex. That’s kind of the premise of the show. And the point of the show is to see these people move beyond their societal stereotypes. The Turkish audience may have started out watching a bunch of brainless bimbos, but now they’ll never get a chance to see the competitors transformed. We think that’s a shame.
What do you think? Is BATG a bad thing, or does it actually help promote equality by showing that pretty women can be smart, and that geeky guys can be great? Does the show not fit as well in countries where the position of women in society isn't as secure? Or are people getting way too upset over what is, in the end, just a TV show?