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Sep. 10 2009 - 1:09 pm | 71 views | 0 recommendations | 1 comment

The bad idea file: Creating a fake reality TV show to trick women into being your porn stars

Stars/victims of fake reality TV show 'Somebody's Watching You' (Photo from Sky News)

Stars/victims of fake reality TV show 'Somebody's Watching You' (Photo from Sky News)

I was not sure whether to label this a “bad idea” or a “great — but totally diabolical — idea.”

Vanessa Altin at SkyNews reports that some dudes in Turkey invited nine women to take part in a reality T.V. show competition called “Somebody’s Watching You,” which was supposedly modeled on Big Brother.

The women were all models between the ages of 16 and 24, and had responded to an Internet ad they saw for the show. The ladies moved into a beautiful luxury villa in Istanbul, which was outfitted with cameras. The women allowed themselves to be videotaped 24/7 over a two-month period in the hopes of winning big and achieving reality TV famedom.

But they achieved a different kind of famedom. There is no “Somebody’s Watching You” reality show. In fact, the men in charge were taking videos and photos of the women naked and selling them on Internet pornography sites, as well as allowing fee-paying subscribers to stream the video.

The women grew suspicious because no one was being voted out of the house and there were no competitions. Though the women were told to wear bikinis and dance by the villa’s pool occasionally. The women demanded to be let out of the house, but were shown contracts that they had signed saying they had to pay a 50,000 Turkish lira ($33,000) fine if they left early.

Apparently, these women were good-looking, but they weren’t very sharp. If you ever decide to become a participant of a reality TV show, here are four hints that you might actually be taking part in a stealth porn movie:

1. You’ve never actually heard of the reality TV show before.

2. There’s no B Celebrity type hosting the show and beaming in via telecast every week.

3. All the other participants are attractive women.

4. No one is ever asked to leave.

5. The only competitions are lingerie fashion shows, mud wrestling, and kissing endurance challenges.

Somehow police were called to the villa, and the women were released. Digital Spy reports that a man has been arrested for kidnapping and extortion. If he was selling photos of nude 16-year-olds on the Internet, he’s also likely facing child pornography charges.

It seems like there are easier ways to get photos of naked women. Those who organized this must surely have shelled out a good amount of Turkish liras for a luxury villa in Istanbul. The main appeal of the photos and video subsequently sold is that the women didn’t know their nudity was being captured. As with the Erin Andrews peephole tape, the transgressive invasion of privacy is what gives these images their pornographic appeal.

(Thanks for sending, Michael.)


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