MANILA - Reality television series "Pinoy Big Brother" has apologized for its controversial "nude painting challenge," which aired last June 4.
The statement, released Wednesday, was made after the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) met the Kapamilya network regarding the "alleged gender-insensitivity" of the challenge.
"While the objective of the week-long task was to see how the housemates would react to a test of their convictions and values, and was not intended to disrespect the rights of any housemate, the producers wish to convey their sincerest apologies to those who were offended, and assure the public and the MTRCB that the program will continue to ensure the protection of women's rights in general, and housemates' rights in particular, while providing quality and yet gender and audience-sensitive entertainment to its audiences worldwide," the statement read.
In the controversial episode, one of the housemates Jayme Jalandoni was dared to pose nude for an art painting session. She was also asked to pick three other contestants to accompany her in the task, and she chose Daniel Mastunaga, Michelle Gumabao, and Ranty Fortento.
Jalandoni, after hearing her father's opinion and being a devout Christian, immediately backed out of the challenge.
Her decision was supported by Matsunaga and Gumabao, her senior when it comes to modelling, and Fortento, who is the oldest among the contestants.
In a statement posted on their website, the Philippine Commission on Women said there is nothing wrong with women posing nude for art "but it should be a woman's free choice to do so."
Toni Gonzaga, one of the program's hosts, was asked about her opinion regarding the challenge. "Alam naman ng 'PBB' 'yung limitation niya. Everything is just really to test a person's principle and values na kinalakihan," she earlier commented.