Australian TV network Channel Ten has apologised after a gameshow asked sexist questions that implied a woman’s job was cooking and cleaning.
Family Feud, a family-friendly quiz show, was accused of sexism by outraged viewers after airing on Wednesday night.
The host, Grant Denyer, asked contestants what people thought was a woman’s job and what people thought was a man’s job. The contestants, two families competing, have to guess the most obvious answers which are matched against a survey of 100 Australians who provide answers.
The answers came back as: "cooking, cleaning, nursing, hairdressing, domestic duties, dishes, receptionist and washing clothes." Cooking and cleaning took the lion’s share of the vote and a couple of the contestants added “ironing” and “vacuuming” to the list of suggestions.
After the showed aired on Wednesday night many viewers accused the show of sexism on social media. Some suggested that while the answers were not decided by the show, they should not have been asked the questions in the first place.
Can't believe it's taken this long for people to realize the sexist nature of Family Feud questions. Guess no one watches it.; Ashley Saturday (@AshleySaturday) October 15, 2014
While a technology reporter, Jen Dudley-Nicholson, tweeted:
Name a woman's job? Changing the TV channel when misogyny appears. http://t.co/hmIORKeNpB; Jen Dudley-Nicholson (@jendudley) October 16, 2014
Ten Network issued a statement this morning saying: “Network Ten apologises for including two questions relating to what people think is a man’s job and a woman’s job in the episode of Family Feud which aired last night."
“The questions were ill advised and should not have been included in the show.
“The survey results are determined by 100 people and we understand they are not reflective of all Australians.”
Earlier in the show the host asked what a man’s job was, and the correct answers included building, plumbing, carpentry and mechanic.
Commentators have wondered how the questions got past the editing process, and point out that the channel is the only Australian channel with a female Head Programmer, Beverly McGarvey, and the show’s executive producer is female.Reuse content