New Aussie reality TV show controversial
Tue, 17 Jul 2012 10:07p.m.
By Australia correspondent Rachel Morton
A new reality TV show in Australia has created almost as much drama off screen as it has on.
The Shire debuted last night and it has sparked an argument between two Sydney mayors.
Based in Sutherland Shire, in Sydney's south, the show follows what it describes as "real people"
But it has upset the locals who say they've never seen anything like it in their backyard, and nobody's more upset than the mayor.
“I haven't seen these types of people in the area and I think it's very upsetting and depressing for most residents,” says Sutherland Shire mayor Carol Provan
She has singled out two of the show's shows stars - Sophie and Vernessa - saying it's more likely they're from Burwood in Sydney's west.
And that is something the mayor of Burwood has taken exception to.
“Those comments, the way they've sounded today, makes its sound like our young ladies are all tanned or had some kind of plastic surgery,” says Burwood mayor John Faker.
“I've got myself in trouble with the mayor of Burwood because I've said two of those girls who look like Kim Kardashian cut-outs are from there, I don't know but I can understand why he's upset he wouldn't want them either,” says Ms Provan.
The debut of The Shire comes hot on the heels of Channel Ten's other reality series Being Lara Bingle which has been described as mindless drivel.
The Shire attracted almost a million viewers but its popularity was short lived - viewership dropped by forty percent in the after the first five minutes.
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