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Behind-the-Scenes With the TV Technicians Whose Job Is to ‘Blur All the Private Parts’

Apr 11, 2016  •  Post A Comment

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.”

We encourage readers to click on the link near the top of this story to read the full report.

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  1. Yeah they’re just asking for trouble…no sympathy.

  2. The level of immaturity about all this is astounding. Maybe they should all just quit acting like children saying naughty words, be adult about it, and simply stop with the blurring already. Nobody watches this show (or any of the others) except for the hope they might catch a peak at something that got missed by the blur crew.

    Nobody is being “protected” from anything by blurring. Except the prudish, the intellectually/emotionally immature/repressed. Children become well aware of male/female differences at a very young age and not because of society. They do not sexualize nudity. It would be a rare child who hasn’t caught a glimpse of mom, dad, siblings, or all of them, unclothed at some point well before puberty.

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