A horrifying, potentially illegal-sounding new reality TV show is reportedly set to launch in Russia next year. As you might expect, the r-word features heavily throughout.
Game2: Winter, which sounds like the worst of Battle Royale and The Hunger Games, challenges 30, ahem, “mentally sane” men and women to survive a nine-month stint in a bear- and wolf-filled area of the Siberian wilderness.
What’s more, the organisers have reportedly confirmed that anything goes, including rape and murder, which the participants will have to formally accept when they sign a waiver at the beginning of the competition. I bet Stephen Mulhern will be presenting.
“Each contestant gives consent that they could be maimed, even killed,” reads an ad for the show, which surely can’t be real. “2,000 cameras, 900 hectares and 30 lives. Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.” Even smoking. How barbaric.
Despite Game2’s casual attitude to heinous crime, organisers have pointed out that participants are still subject to Russian law, and will face consequences if they do something bad in the name of entertainment.
“We will refuse any claim of participants even if they were to be killed or raped,” entrepreneur Yevgeny Pyatkovsky -- who apparently came up with the show -- reportedly told the Siberian Times. “We will have nothing to do with this.
“This will be spelt out in a document to be signed by the participant before the start of the show. There will be no filming crew: the whole area will be dotted with cameras and each participant will be carrying a portable camera with 7-hour life rechargeable battery.” [Independent]