Live TV Sex Toy Test Causes Backlash!

February 3, 2015

Social media found itself overwhelmed today following a ‘This Morning’ segment that took a turn for the erotic, as sex toys were tested live on air on the morning show.

The ITV show has found itself under attack as viewers deemed the content “inappropriate” and “unsuitable” for the time of day.

To be honest, I’m not sure why they thought it was a good idea. It’s the middle of the day and you want to show a man and woman writhing on a bed while using sex toys? It’s been a long time since I saw any daytime television… is it time I started watching it again?

50 Shades of Grey

With the film 50 Shades of Grey not far from cinema release, it is hardly surprising that many magazines, websites, and TV programmes want to get in on the bondage craze that is sweeping the nation. Even if the concept is a little foreign to them, they can at least educate others on what it is about.

That seems to be the reasoning behind the ‘This Morning’ segment titled ‘Bondage for Beginners’. However, the producers and writing team seemed to have missed one vital piece of information.

It was being shown in the middle of the day, when absolutely anyone with a TV or laptop could see it. Not such a good idea then, you’d think, but they still went ahead with it.

The ‘Bondage for Beginners’ segment started with a brief look at the lighter sides of the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer, before host Philip Schofield warned that, while the piece was being done in good taste, it may not be for the most sensitive of viewers.

So, a warning was given that, if this isn’t your thing, you should probably not watch it. Was that enough, or should it have been removed from the show altogether?

Sex and relationships expert

To talk the hosts through the various items they would be testing and explain just what they were, sex and relationships expert Annabelle Knight was on hand to guide them. She wanted to ensure that everyone was aware of what you could do with each sex toy, why they were great to use before, and make sure that viewers were aware it isn’t all whips and chains.

At first, it did appear as though it would just be Ms. Knight talking about each item individually before moving on to the next, but the hosts of the show seemed shocked when the camera cut away to a couple on a satin sheet bed using the toys on each other.

Schofield commented on the sudden camera cut when asked to touch one of the toys: “Sorry, I was just watching the VT then for a second and got distracted.”

Hardly surprising when you are suddenly confronted by a man and woman in very little wriggling around on a bed!
sexy legs in black stockings

Informative or badly done?

The products they looked at were eye masks, a tickler, a massage candle, a spanking paddle, a leash, and some bondage rope. While these do seem to be at the light end of bondage, the piece did explain very well to the audience and the hosts just what you could do with each one, making it very informative.

They then cut away to their “ladies of leather” who had tested the products at home, who then explained what they would use it for and how they felt about each product. The show was very informative and detailed about each product to prevent misunderstanding, and to make sure those watching knew that it wasn’t just whips and chains.

However, that didn’t prevent the show from receiving a wave of backlash on social media! “Am I the only one that thinks the content on #thismorning is highly inappropriate?” asked one Twitter user. Reading the rest of the comments, clearly not! Others stated that the show was “shameful” and that it was “sickening how far society has regressed”.

What is your take on this? Was it okay to show and just an overreaction from others? Was it poorly timed and that they should have had more warnings before the show? Was it so inappropriate that it simply shouldn’t have been on in the first place? Share your thoughts on the ‘Bondage for Beginners’ piece by leaving a comment in the box below.

Lara Mills
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