The nude painting challenge issued to Jayme Jalandoni on Pinoy Big Brother All In has sparked widespread outrage and now possible legal ramifications.
The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board is going to meet with ABS-CBN producers about the challenge, which was part of the episode that was broadcast on June 4.
The challenge was issued to Jalandoni, who was asked to pick three housemates to accompany her.
The 23-year-old nurse picked Daniel Matsunaga, Michelle Gumabao, and Ranty Portento.
The devout Christian reluctantly agreed to the challenge but backed out after her father instructed her not to do it.
Michelle Gumabao in file photos.
The board announced on Twitter that there will be a mandatory conference with ABS-CBN staff over the challenge.
“MTRCB alarmed over alleged gender-insensitivity in PBB: ALL-IN nude challenge,” it said.
Bong Osorio, a spokesman for the network, told dzMM that the network will cooperate and attend the conference.
A number of responses to the challenge have slammed it, including one by the Philippine Commission on Women.
“PCW sees nothing wrong with women posing nude for art but it should be a woman’s free choice to do so,” it said. “The episode showed the broadcast media’s coldhearted perpetuation of exploitation of women on national TV. No individual, television show or entity has the right to cause discrimination, insecurity, discomfort, offense or humiliation to any woman.”
Senator Nancy Binay also derided the challenge, calling it an “irresponsible and insensitive act bordering on blackmail.”
“This might be a reality show but its contestants, especially its female housemates, should be accorded with respect without compromising their dignity and their rights as women,” she said in a statement. “I believe this is the second time PBB went overboard. How far can reality TV go for high ratings? Will we allow the network to exploit our women and children for ratings sake?”