There are some people who will do anything to get a little attention. Anyone who has gone through the airport scanner has basically been seen naked, but there’s a big difference between naked airport scanners and parading around on stage in a state of undress. However, when you sign up to appear on something called “Dating Naked,” then you’re probably pretty sure what you’re signing on for: lots of people seeing you naked, then lots more people seeing you naked and blurry on television. The key word in that last sentence, of course, is blurry. Or, in this case, lack of blur. “Dating Naked” contestant Jessie Nizewitz is suing Viacom after a brief unblurred glimpse of her nakedness was shown on TV.
“I have no problem going to a beach in a bikini or people seeing me on TV in a bikini,” read a statement by Nizewitz via attorney Matthew J. Blit. “Although I went on this show knowing that I would be nude while taping it I was told that my private parts would be blurred for TV. If you watch an episode, you will see that the blur actually makes it less revealing than a bikini would. Obviously, I did not expect the world to see my private parts, this is not what I anticipated or what any other contestants on the show anticipated.”
Nizewitz is suing Viacom, parent company of VH1, and two different production companies for $10 million, alleging that the man she was dating at the time stopped returning her calls after the nudity, which was crotch-based according to every report, showed up on the screen (and later, presumably, the Internet). Here’s the thing; you signed up to be naked in front of cameras for the filming of a television show. Just because they promise to blur everything doesn’t mean everything is going to end up blurred, especially if you go wrestling around in the surf with an equally-naked person. Mistakes are easily made, especially considering how many hundreds of hours of footage have to be blurred to make the show something able to be shown on television.
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