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Undressed TV show on SBS review: It’s surprisingly meaningful reality TV

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Undressed TV show on SBS review: It’s surprisingly meaningful reality TV

The match-making experiment has been a huge hit in Italy and is headed to Australia later this year. A locally produced version of the matchmaking show in which strangers shed their clothes and their inhibitions will screen on SBS 2...

January 4th 2017

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Undressed TV show on SBS review: It’s surprisingly meaningful reality TV

Undressed TV show on SBS review: It’s surprisingly meaningful reality TV

Undressed sees complete strangers strip each other naked and then have intense conversations.

Undressed TV show on SBS review: It’s surprisingly meaningful reality TV

Jo Thornelynews.com.au@jothornely

Undressed TV show on SBS review: It’s surprisingly meaningful reality TV

THE producers of dating show Undressed on SBS really want you to know that the show is a “social experiment”, scattering the phrase around like punctuation.

As any experienced reality television watcher will tell you, however, “social experiment” just means they’ll be putting normal people in abnormal situations and seeing if the results are entertaining enough to put on telly.

In Undressed, the normal people are single and on-paper compatible, and the abnormal situation is that they must undress each other down to their underwear, sit on a bed, and respond to questions and instructions on a massive screen. At the end, they have to decide if they want to see each other again, but that’s the least interesting part.

As expected, the undressing bit is excruciating. The intense awkwardness and exposure do, however, act as an effective metaphor in that the participants are stripped bare — and their honesty is delicious as a result.

The participants have to strip each other naked and then answer a series of intense questions.

The participants have to strip each other naked and then answer a series of intense questions.Source:SBS

In the first two episodes shown on Monday night, there were lots of nice undies and surprisingly meaningful conversations, and those conversations contained some pretty important statements.

These, then, are the Ten Most Important Sentences On Undressed:

1. “I WOULDN’T CALL IT A STRUGGLE”

In response to the on-screen question “HAS YOUR CULTURAL BACKGROUND INFLUENCED YOUR DATING CHOICES?”, pale Cam says to Indian-heritage Pam “I don’t know if I have a cultural background”. Pam responds with “I guess being a straight white man doesn’t really count, does it?” Cam admits “I wouldn’t call it a struggle”.

It’s important to acknowledge that while everybody DOES have a cultural background, if yours is the dominant one it rarely feels noticeable, much less the cause of struggle. It’s easy to forget that others DO struggle, and it’s important to see a straight white man in his underwear admit it.

2. “SO THERE’S JUST ONE SORT OF NEUTRAL BEIGE COLOUR OF PEOPLE”

Pam, whose type is “tall white guys”, thinks that mixed-race babies are the way of the future, that once everybody’s all mixed together, racism will be impossible.

The problem is that the only people who really want to have sex with racists is other racists, so a beige utopia might take longer than is ideal, but it’s a sweet notion.

Lucky Cam and Pam aren’t racists.

Lucky Cam and Pam aren’t racists.Source:SBS

3. “THERE’S A LOT OF BLOKEY CULTURE STILL AROUND WHERE YOU CAN’T TALK ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS”

In another bed, fitness enthusiasts Nathan and Tahlia are faced with the on-screen question “WHAT ISSUE DO YOU FEEL MOST STRONGLY ABOUT?”. Tahlia mentions animal cruelty and domestic violence (she’s against them), and Nathan’s passionate about mental health issues.

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