Joe Bennett comments on The Rock’s ‘win a wife competition’ – here’s a taste:
The days have long since passed when marriage was universally regarded as a sacred institution. Divorce, separation, adultery and remarriage have become staples of the gossip magazines; assault and murder staples of the court pages.
Radio station The Rock’s “win a wife competition” is an irreverent attempt to cash in on the mood of the times by amusing its blokish audience and tweaking the noses of the politically correct. “If you’re interested in holy matrimony with a potentially hot foreign chick, fill it out to the best of your ability,” the competition entry form reads. Reaction from its listeners and the left of the political spectrum suggests the competition is succeeding on both accounts.
The station has been inundated with entries from potential grooms and damned by former Green firebrand Sue Bradford and Labour’s women’s affairs spokeswoman Carol Beaumont for commercialising human relationships and promoting stereotypical attitudes towards women.
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