Is Reality TV Becoming Porn?

Back in the days when the mainstream was completely square, there was some fuss in the media about a pilot for a new game show on channel 5 in the UK where all the contestants and the host were completely naked. Keith Chegwin was the host and it was ridiculously funny in the sense that only the best car crash television can be.

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It was a bit like an assault course with lots of climbing through slime and people in awkward physical positions. The most hilarious moment I recall was when one contestant, upon having to climb along the walls of a jungle themed swimming pool area whilst being blasted by water cannons, happened to get an erection so he hid in a hole in the wall and refused to come out, so the competition was abandoned. Needless to say, the pilot was not turned into a weekly show.

Flash forwards to today and we now have “Sex Box”, a new show on US television where a couple go into a metal box on a stage in front of a studio audience and have sex, then come out and sit on the sofa to talk about it. In the same way that some contestants on “Big Brother” once built a tent under the kitchen table so they could have sex without being watched by the cameras (one of the most watched episodes), this new show will appeal to the coy titillation abundant in the modern media ever since the Carry-On films of the sixties. 

This raises the questions, how long will it be before actual pornography is being shown on daytime television and indeed, what will that mean for the mainstream pornography industry?

Something tells me that we still have a few years of subdivision between porn and state sponsored television, but I have been wrong before. Every time I see David Cameron I double take, thinking someone put an image of a massive cock on TV instead of a whole human.