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‘Dating Naked’ Reality Show ‘Accidentally’ Broadcasts Vagina On National TV

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Jessie Nizewitz, left, on "Dating Naked."

Jessie Nizewitz, left, on “Dating Naked.”

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Jessie Nizewitz knew she was going to be naked on the VH1 dating reality show Dating Naked. But she didn’t think she’d be, you know, naked. She anticipated, and was allegedly promised multiple times, kosher-for-cable nudity, with anything a bikini would block blurred for air.

In an episode that aired July 31, Nizewitz play-wrestled on the beach with her date. And everything below Nizewitz’s waist was on-screen, unblurred. The episode is no longer available on VH1.com.

Nizewitz is suing Viacom for ten million dollars. The full complaint is available online, and it is quite distressing:

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Her complaint alleges she was “continually promised” that “all frontal and genital nudity would be blurred out,” and that she was also “strongly encouraged” to engage in the wrestling session. In perhaps the most cringe-inducing line, the lawsuit goes on to say that “Defendants knew or reasonable should have known that they did not have consent from Plantiff to broadcast her vagina and anus on national cable television.” The saddest part is that Nizewitz requests, in addition to the money, that “all images of Plantiff’s vagina and anus” be removed “from the Internet, including but not limited to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr.” Would that it were so simple to scrub an image from the internet; brave be the soul who tries to succeed where even Beyonce has failed.

Reality shows like this one are, naturally, competing in an ever-more-crowded marketplace, where one year’s “most scandalous show” is next year’s “wait, what’s the name of that again?” Already on the docket for 2015: Sex Box, a show in which people have sex in a box. Then they emerge from the box and discuss sex — and, presumably, intimacy, relationship stuff, and so on — with a panel of experts. Basically, it is “Seven Minutes in Heaven,” but for grown-ups, and televised. Just when you think we’ve reached the bottom, there’s another bottom beneath it; there is not now, nor has there ever been, a maximum amount of grotesque that some portion of the population will want to see. There has always been, and will continue to be, plenty of entrepreneurial types who will exploit our basest hungers for profit.

Which leads us to: was the accident really an accident? Seems like one of your top priorities in post-production on a television show on which literally every contestant is nude would be to blur out all the things you’re supposed to be blurring. Whether or not the reveal was intentional, it did manage to generate more buzz than the show had experienced since its premiere: Twitter mentions of the show spiked on July 31, the night the unblurred episode aired, and another (although smaller) spike yesterday, when Nizewitz filed her lawsuit.

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Though much of the coverage around the lawsuit refers to Nizewitz as a model, it looks like the most news she made through modeling was documented in this Dallas Observer story about a serial rapist who preyed on young female models. Her lawsuit alleges she had to be cajoled into the TV wrestling match; in a strange coincidence, the Observer piece describes Nizewitz as “a model who wrestled in high school.” Judging from her search results, it does appear that she has garnered significantly more attention for her appearance on Dating Naked than she ever did from modeling.

Nizewitz was likely the victim of extreme carelessness or worse. I guess the small possibility exists that this whole thing was a publicity stunt and both parties were in on it? Even if that were true, it would still be gross to think about. In conclusion, everything is horrible, people are terrible, and The Onion is reality:

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