The next season of Married at First Sight isn’t airing until next year, but already Channel Nine’s flagship romance reality show has struck a chord with the Aussie public.
Nine has recently been introducing the contestants for next season for the fifth season of Married at First Sight one by one via social media, and its post on Friday was about a guy named Dean, who “wants to be loved, honoured… and obeyed”.
The tweet includes a video of Dean talking about what he wants in a woman.
— Married At First Sight Australia (@MarriedAU) December 14, 2017
“It’s hard to say without being sexist or something, but I like a girl that is a girl and like, she’s girly, and knows that I’m the man and I’m in charge,” he said.
“I also want someone that listens to me and… I want to be the alpha male and she needs to respect me as the man. I think that’s a traditional role that still exists in a lot of other countries in the world, and Australia’s kind of lost that.
“A lot of guys are just afraid to be men now and they’re just getting whipped by their women. I don’t agree with that – I don’t know why that’s happened. I want to bring it back.”
The tweet has already garnered over 1,000 comments, and it’s fair to say most of them are in the negative category.
Some have described the promo as “disgusting”, “terrifying” and “upsetting”, while others have threatened to boycott Nine and the advertisers for Married at First Sight.
— 🎄Patricia Barraclough🎄 (@PMBarraclough) December 14, 2017
Channel 9. You’re not being controversial. You’re being complicit.
— Holly (@talkandtea) December 14, 2017
Early warning signs for domestic violence- shame on you channel 9. Disgusting do not watch
— Sophie Potter (@sophijayp) December 17, 2017
You guys realise it’s 2017 and women have rights, right? This is not entertaining television it is terrifying and upsetting.
— Merryanne 🎄 (@maryannelouiseg) December 16, 2017
This is wrong and absolutely no companies that respect women should paid for any advertising during this series
— Annie O’Rourke (@CEO89oEast) December 15, 2017
From the same channel that bought us Don Burke and sat back while he allegedly abused and assaulted countless women. Okay then. Time to lodge a formal complaint I think.
— KayeRoeWarrior (@KayeRoeWarrior) December 14, 2017
— Santa 🎅🏽 (Sanita) (@sanita_keegan) December 16, 2017
I’m boycotting Channel 9 and all advertisers on this show from now. thanks for this list, previous commenter. Anyone know others?@LottolandAU @KFCAustralia @SuzukiAus @HotelsCombined @9NowAU @9NewsAUS
— Merryn Redenbach (@merrryn) December 16, 2017
Yo Channel 9, put yourself in the sea please.
— Annie Parker 🌈 (@annie_parker) December 16, 2017
Nine declined to comment when approached by B&T.