A Danish TV show has raised eyebrows after it asked adults to pose naked in front of children with the aim of promoting body positivity.
The show, Ultra Strips Down, was filmed in front of a live studio audience consisting of kids aged 11-13 who then watched five adults undress.
The children were then encouraged to ask questions about their bodies with the aim of trying to debunk the idea of the “perfect body”.
Not that everyone was happy about the idea, with right-wing politician Peter Skaarup leading the backlash, describing the experiment as a “vulgar way” to teach kids sex education.
Skaarup claimed it was “far too early for children” and is even “depraving” them. He told a Danish tabloid that kids “already have many things running around in their heads”.
Parents had to consent for their children to appear on the programme.
Check out the promo for the show below:
Audience reaction to the stunt was mixed. One person writing to social media: “F@ck this is disgusting!” while another added, “Would you please remove that shit? … you’re out in deep water.”
But the show found some supporters. “It’s educational TV for kids and families who can have healthy talk about what bodies look like,” one fan wrote.
Speaking to the New York Times, Ultra Strips Down host Jannik Schow, who also co-developed the idea with a producer, said: “Perhaps some people are like, ‘Oh, my God, they are combining nakedness and kids’. But this has nothing to do with sex, it’s about seeing the body as natural, the way kids do.”
One of the kids on the show, thirteen-yea old Ida Engelhardt Gundersen, added: “I’m not used to seeing volunteers butt-naked and asking them questions. But we learned about the body and about how other people feel about their bodies.”
For its part, Denmark likes to think its quite progressive in these sorts of matters. In 2014, the Copenhagen Zoo drew plenty of criticism after it allowed children to watch a giraffe get euthanised and then cut up and fed to the Zoo’s pride of lions.
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