Disclaimer: We know the title of this post includes the word “celebrity.” We are about to talk about people who appear on reality TV, so we are using the term loosely in this case. Quite loosely.
Ah, reality TV, where regular folks get their chance at 15 minutes of fame and oftentimes end up ruining their lives forever. There is no shortage of people from all walks of life champing at the bit to sign up for all sorts of nonsense and be filmed performing said nonsense.
These shows seem to split off into three camps: those that require castmembers to actually possess some sort of skill set (Top Chef, Ink Master), those that offer adventure mixed with somewhat naturally unfolding drama (Survivor, Amazing Race), and then there are the shows that scrape the bottom of the barrel of humanity, trolling for people who have absolutely no shame and want the whole world to know it (Rock of Love, Jersey Shore). We will be dealing with the latter category.
If you spend a lot of time watching PBS or the History Channel, a little show by the name of Dating Naked might have eluded your DVR.
Here’s the show’s premise, according to VH1:
A new social experiment provides daters with a radical dating experience where before they bare their souls, they bare everything else first. Each week on a primitive island resort, far from the masks of modern society, daters will go on exotic dates and be naked every step of the way. We will follow along as two primitive daters each go on a total of three naked dates, including their first date with each other. At the end of this experience, they’ll choose which of their naked dates they would like to continue dating back home. Clothing will of course be optional. Naked daters will bare their soul and a whole lot more in this groundbreaking dating experiment.
Couples go on adventure dates like horseback riding!
And even Slip’N Sliding!
“How was work today, honey? What did you do?”
“Oh, you know, same old.”
It must have gotten to be too much after a while because a lady part fell through the cracks. And the owner of that lady part, Jessie Nizewitz, was steaming mad. So mad that she sued Viacom (VH1’s parent company), Lighthearted Entertainment, and Firelight Entertainment for $10 million for failing to “blur out her vagina and anus.”
You had one job!
In the suit, Nizewitz stated she “suffered and continues to suffer severe extreme emotional distress, mental anguish, humiliation, and embarrassment” as a result of the exposure.
The defendants countered these claims using a quote straight from Nizewitz that she uttered while being considered for the show: the “nude thing isn’t a big deal to me, I’m very comfortable being naked and with my body in general.”
They went on to state that “since unfettered nudity was a crucial aspect of the program, the Production Defendants were careful to document the participants’ consent.”
While she agreed to appear on the show, Nizewitz says the producers made a verbal promise that her private parts would be blurred out, and when that did not happen, they breached their contract.
New York Supreme Court Justice Anil Singh disagreed with Nizewitz and an order to dismiss this case has been recorded.
Then we envision Supreme Court Justice Anil Singh removing his glasses, rubbing his eyes slowly, and questioning whether the whole law school thing was a good idea or not.