The Apprentice Contestants Request Removal Of Readers Comments From Reality Ravings
Gavin McInnes and Amy Cato, both contestants on Channel Nine’s reality TV show, The Apprentice, recently contacted me, requesting comments made by readers be removed from the site.
Both Gavin and Amy contacted me concerned about comments that were made on the site by readers. Obviously I have no idea whether the reader’s remarks were defamatory, however my blog’s policy is that any reasonable request of removal of comments will be considered.
Both contestants own businesses and are probably concerned about comments which may cause a question mark about their integrity.
Viewers of reality TV shows can sometimes be forthright in their opinions about performances, or how the “character” is edited. Fan forums, both official and unofficial, and blogs are an important part of reality TV. Chances are contestants not going to be loved by all. Criticism will range from minor, like the clothes people are wearing, to major where people dissect personality traits.
Gavin McInnes, who requested only one comment be removed, is a corporate lawyer, who has started his own company Stone Leaf Capital, a corporate advisory and capital raising company.
In an interview with www.Sofix.com.au he also states he is in the process of setting up Stone Leaf Finance, which will broker all types of commercial finance solutions to businesses and companies in a range of industries. The interview would also indicate if he wins the show he may not take up the prize of working with Mark Bouris for a year.
Amy who is a partner in recruitment company Cato and Hall also requested comments also be removed from Reality Ravings.
Reality TV has become a vehicle for people to promote their businesses or themselves to obtain some long term benefit for themselves or their companies.
This can have some success, for example, MasterChef Australia contestant, Chris Badenoch successfully promoted his beer business Beer Masons whilst on the show.
However conversely there is a risk if you are portrayed badly on the show your brand may become damaged.