The BBC is again facing criticism following last night’s broadcast of a special edition of popular show ‘Snog, Marry, Avoid?’ dedicated to transforming the image of young people with less than six months to live.
‘Snog, Marry, Avoid?’ focuses on youths who take personal image to an unnecessary level – wearing extreme amounts of makeup and clothes that would leave Jodie Marsh feeling over-exposed – and uses a Personal Overhaul Device to give them a ‘make-under’.
18 year old cancer patient Sally Taylor was nominated for the show after her friends first saw her after chemotherapy. “We thought that her gown was way too revealing; you could see her arse crack at the back where it was done up with strings, and the bits on the front where her drip had leaked left little bits that were almost see-through,” said Ashleigh Baker, 19. “She also said she might be getting a wig – how OTT is that?!”
Sally stated that she was delighted to have received an initial “snog” rating from the public, as she’d felt really self-conscious after her face started to look a little gaunt. Following the ‘make-under’, her rating changed to “avoid”, possibly as the photo presented to the public showed her with an oxygen tube taped to her face and surrounded by her crying family.
Following a high-intensity amount of brain surgery to remove a tumour, 20 year old David Hill participated in the show after his application for Top Gear tickets got put in the wrong pile. The first time the public saw his photo, he received an “avoid” rating, mostly down to the amount of makeup used to conceal the weeping scar on his head. The show arranged a high fashion wig and laser surgery to reduce his scar, resulting in three “marry” ratings. Sadly, David was unable to meet any of the interested ladies as he passed away two weeks after filming.
The show was aired on BBC Three at 9pm, and the angry Tweets started flowing in almost instantly. The BBC 24-hour complaints team were quick to defend the show, releasing the following statment - “Hey, Eastenders executives need to do their research somehow”.