• Why Is Naked and Afraid Afraid of Not Being Naked?

    by  • April 2, 2016 • Cable Choice, Sex, Sexualization • 5 Comments

    Discovery Channel’s “blur editor” details the rigors of the job.


    In a recent article in The Hollywood Reporter, Erin Gavin – “blur editor” for the Discovery Channel’s program Naked and Afraid – detailed some of the difficulties of a job that entails sufficiently blurring naked individuals’ sexual body parts.


    Naked and Afraid is a Survivor-style program about contestants striving to see which of them can survive the longest in a jungle or other wilderness setting. In this, the program has a modicum of educational value and interest. But  the program also requires the mixed male-and-female contestants to be completely nude throughout their experience, for absolutely no legitimate reason whatsoever…other than attracting viewers with its salacious premise. This in spite of the fact that Discovery’s president recently vowed the channel would return to its traditional mission of educating viewers, and would eschew tasteless content in the future.

    In the course of the article, Gavin discusses the difficulties the program’s editorial team has in making certain that not only the body parts, but resultant shadows, hints, and other potentially risque elements are adequately blurred. In the discussion about “nip slips” and “danglers,” Gavin leaves little to the imagination…yet still covers up more than the show’s cameras do.    

    Just think how much trouble – and expense – the network could avoid, if they would simply allow the contestants to wear swimsuits. But apparently, even at Discovery Channel, being salacious tops everything…including education, expense, convenience, comfort, and producing a program the entire family can watch.



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    5 Responses to Why Is Naked and Afraid Afraid of Not Being Naked?

    1. Justin
      October 23, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      Its Nudity Damn It. Its the human body. Cant hide your kids from everything

    2. Justin
      April 15, 2016 at 9:36 am

      I find it funny how they seem to purposely allow the top half of the buttcrack to show on all the contestants, but the bottom half is blurred.

    3. Jonathan
      April 6, 2016 at 10:44 am

      Why is that America is the only country that is so sensitive about nudity? It’s the human body. Stop complaining about petty things. This is why commonsense media is a better website than this one. They actually offer advice to familes and have messages that parents can use to talk to their children with. They don’t try and get a show pulled off the air or send messages to companies like a angry mob.

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        April 14, 2016 at 3:09 pm


        Nowhere in this article did I “try and get a show pulled off the air,” or urge people to “send messages to companies like an angry mob.”

        Naked and Afraid airs on a basic cable network, in prime time, and is rated appropriate for kids. Therefore, many kids are likely to be exposed to it. And given that Discovery has to employ an entire editorial team to blur the nudity, simply covering the actors seems a simple solution to the problem.

        • Jonathan
          April 14, 2016 at 4:23 pm


          Where in my comment did I say you mentioned it in this particular article? I am talking about in the past. Your “group” has countless times wrote articles about shows needing to be canceled due to the content, which those networks have every right to show. You guys tell your followers to write to sponsors and tell them not to air commercials. Which would make zero sense for the sponsors to stop, it’s marketing 101, you air ads during shows and times which have a large audience.

          “Naked and Afried” is rated TV-14, most 14 years have most likely seen the human naked body. It’s up to the parent to deem what is appropriate for their child. The rating system is a suggestion not the law (unless 14 year old goes to the theater and try to see a R rated film) to who can and can’t watch.

          If your group actually gave advice to parents on how they can talk to their children about the shows they watch, if the parents feels it’s appropriate to watch; then I wouldn’t have a issue with is group. However you guys don’t do that.

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