Parents Television Council has successfully convinced dozens of advertisers to pull out of VH1’s Dating Naked. The show, which is exactly what the title implies, has a 14+ rating, meaning 14 year-olds can watch it. To the PTC, that’s appalling considering the show’s cast members are all cavorting about nude — with heavy pixelation of their private parts.
The watchdog group condemns the fast-food chain’s sponsorship of the VH1 program and recommends patronizing Wendy’s as an alternative “until McDonald’s returns to being a responsible advertiser.”
VH1’s Dating Naked is the latest example of reality television’s newest trend: Nudity is hot, no longer confined to latenight premium cable. Leading the way is Discovery’s Naked and Afraid, on which a man and woman who don’t know each other fend for themselves in the wilderness for three weeks without a stitch between them. That program’s success since its June 2013 premiere begat Dating Naked and TLC’s real estate show Buying Naked, with more in the planning stages.