UK Daily Mail
Monday, Oct 6, 2008
A reality television show has been accused of crossing the line from entertainment to sadism.
In Channel 5′s Unbreakable the contestants are buried alive, trapped in a tent full of CS gas and must wade through piranha-infested water.
They are also subjected to waterboarding – a torture technique used by the CIA on terror suspects.
This involves being tied down on a board, tilted back and having water poured over the face, which recreates the experience of drowning.
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One of the volunteers was so traumatised they had convulsions on the first day of filming.
Another ran away into the African bush and had to be found with tracker dogs.
Critics say the content is simply ‘unacceptable’.
John Whittingdale, Tory chairman of the media select committee, said: ‘You have to ask, where is it going to end?
‘It seems that scenes of torture are being used as entertainment. What next? Reality contestants having electric shock treatment? There is a point where such things should not be shown on television.’
This article was posted: Monday, October 6, 2008 at 12:02 pm