A new report by The New York Times goes behind the scenes with television technicians tasked with the arduous job of blurring out the private parts of naked people to make them suitable for TV.
Among the revelations, it takes at least 50 hours to blur one episode of the Discovery Channel reality show “Naked and Afraid.”
The five full-time visual effects people working behind the scenes on the show deal with “notes” such as “Boobs blur insufficient,” and “More opaque crotch blur for him.” The team calls itself the Blur Man Group.
The risks are high, the report notes. “After the first wave of success for ‘Naked and Afraid’ in 2013, other naked-themed reality shows like TLC’s ‘Buying Naked’ and VH1’s ‘Dating Naked’ followed,” the story reports. “Two years ago, a woman sued VH1 and the production team of the show ‘Dating Naked’ after she contended that a blur did not fully cover her crotch. (The suit was thrown out.)”
Said “Naked and Afraid” executive producer Steve Rankin, on the possibility of lawsuits: “It’s something we live in constant fear of. … The Discovery Channel is not an R-rated network. It’s seen by families. We don’t want to upset people.”
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