In this week’s edition of Unnecessary Lawsuits (or perhaps its sister production, Read the Fine Print), a contestant on the VH1 reality show Dating Naked is suing the cable network for $10 million for showing her more naked than she anticipated. The show is exactly what it sounds like: people date while naked, albeit with a lot of pixelation of naughty bits. VH1 describes the show as “a new social experiment that provides daters with a radical dating experience where before they bare their souls they bare everything else.” Well, almost everything. The plaintiff, Jessie Nizewitz, is a 28-year-old model who appeared in an episode on July 31st in which–while wrestling naked with her date on a beach (as you do)–a brief, uncensored shot of her crotch was shown.
Think of it as a wardrobe malfunction (minus the wardrobe). Nizewitz is claiming that after an unblurred shot of her vagina was aired, “I immediately started getting text messages. Everyone saw it.” She says she was further harassed on social media and YouTube, leading to “mental anguish, humiliation and embarrassment.” As argued in the suit, “Defendants knew or reasonably should have known that broadcasting an individual’s vagina and anus on national cable television would cause substantial and severe emotional distress”—particularly as Nizewitz and producers had agreed to broadcast only her blurred vagina and anus on national cable television. Even Nizewitz’s grandmother got an eyeful of her granddaughter’s ladyparts. “My grandma saw it. I saw her this week and she didn’t have much to say to me. She’s probably mad.” That, or grandma is just upset that while Jessie’s crotch was aired on national television, her handsome date’s dangly bits remained stubbornly blurry.