My Kitchen Rules – Death Threats To Tassie Couple
I mean come on guys it is only a reality TV show, what is with these death threats to the Tasmanian couple Mel and James. This is giving reality TV views a bad name. Also get a grip guys they are not exactly Murbarak.
The Sunday Telegraph reports Mel and James have had death threats on Facebook and also James has been contacted via is mobile phone by one male viewer. The out come is that Melanie now regrets going on the show, and that is not a good thing for anyone.
Ok Melanie has been shown as being bitchy and talking down to her husband James on TV, and James has shown a certain part of his anatomy has shrivelled, but do they deserve death threats? No.
In fact they deserve accolades for making the show so entertaining this year.
This same situation occurred last year on Masterchef Australia when Joanne Zalm received death threats via Facebook as well.
As I wrote in The Punch then, I think the editors of these shows have some responsibility on how they portray the characters of this show. As I am sure at some stage Mel would have said a few nice things, and James would have stood up to Mel and told her to “back off”.
The article states:
Under fire for her nasty comments on the cooking program, Ms Maddock told The Sunday Telegraph the threats had left her fearing for the safety of her family.
“I’ve had death threats on Facebook,” she said.
“The person who made the indirect threat was trying to find out how he could get our home address so he could send a threat in the mail.”
Maddock said her husband James, with whom she appears on the program, received a phone call from a viewer.
“He got a call on his mobile a couple of days ago from a horrible man who told us sarcastically to ‘keep up the good work’. This upset James greatly and has surprised and scared us that people have gone to the trouble of finding our phone number.
A Seven spokesperson said the threats had been taken seriously and that the network had approached Facebook in an attempt to have them removed.
Several hate pages have been set up on Facebook, including one with almost 1200 “fans”.
Other online forums contain viewer commentary in which Ms Maddock is often labelled a “bitch” and “an absolute cow”.
Anyway the viewers also have to realise it is a show and a show only, and it is reality TV, but the characters we are two dimensional, and this type of behaviour does no one any favours.