My Kitchen Rules – Is The Cast Lacking Diversity?
One of the criticisms on this blog by readers regarding My Kitchen Rules is the cast does not reflect the multicultural country in which we live.
This criticism has also been thrown at US TV show The Bachelor, where every bachelor has been white, with no black person cast in this role as yet (Source: The Guardian).
In My Kitchen Rules most of the cast is white with no asians, and with just a sprinkling of people of mediterranean background.
Do TV stations think anything “out of the ordinary” won’t appeal to the viewer?
Which brings me to one of the weirder emails I have received with a rumour in it about the casting of My Kitchen Rules.
I am unsure of the veracity of the allegations. It alleges there was a pilot of the show shot with five teams. The teams were then advised the pilot was going to be turned into the show. However, when it was revealed three of the five teams were gay the “series” was cancelled and recast.
According to this email this pilot was allegedly shot in October end early November. One person commenting on a MKR blog post who was a student at WA contestant Marc’s school said that the teacher shot the show in his school holidays (December).
As I said I have no idea if this is true or there was some miscommunication between Channel Seven, and cast of the pilot.
Also it was noted in comments on this blog wondering what the point of Victorian team Clint and Noah being shot on the beach with girls in bikinis. Was this to make it clear to the audience they were straight? Or was this just a way to get the gratuitous bikini shot in the show?
The other rumour in the email was the original judges were Manu Feidel and female chef Jackie Gowan. They then decided to get Pete Evans in. However considering Seven announced Manu and Pete on 10 November 2009, this would mean they would have ditched the pilot anyway.
Regardless of the crazy My Kitchen Rules rumour, it would be great to see more diversity on our screens.