Naked News is a real television newscast featuring naked newscasters. Naked News started in June 2000 in Canada as a web-based news service featuring an all-female cast. The concept was shocking enough to catch audiences’ attention. The audiences, mostly males, liked it because they could enjoy looking at naked females while they were watching news. Thus, it became popular.
Recently, Naked News became a hot issue in Korea because Naked News started its service on June 23th as Naked News Korea. Naked News Korea divided its service into two versions, an adult version and an adolescence version. The adult version targets audiences whose ages are over 19 years old and features topless female casters. The adolescence version targets audiences whose ages are between 15 and 19 years old. It does not violate the Korean law to broadcast on web. However, I think that this is a great example of objectifying females.
I may say as a man that this type of news is welcomed, but if I look closely into this, this is merely selling sexual content to make money. For example, the nudity of attractive female caters will attract audiences, mostly males. Many audiences mean many advertisements to advertise. Eventually, it will result a lot of money to earn.
Moreover, it is consistent with John’s study on two major magazines that are showing an illustration of objectifying females on their cover and cover lines. It is also consistent with the content of the video, “Killing us softly” that demonstrates that mass media keeps portray females as sex objects and sells the concept of sex. Objectifying dehumanizes females and leads to violence on females eventually.
Overall, I think that this type of a problem cannot be solved just by setting naked males on their show. I think that Naked News should be properly monitored by censorship even if it does not violate the law. It should be distinguished with porn not to give any wrong idea to adolescence for their proper education. I hope that Naked News find a way to combine news and entertainment to create a new genre that can be loved by all audiences without objectifying females and males.