N@ked Education viewers demand part of show should be banned after huge public display of nudity

Several social media users complained about a segment in tonight’s show (April 18) that showed a massive display of public nudity with a naked group bike ride.

Laura (right) hit the road on a naked bike ride to improve her self-esteem
Laura (right) hit the road on a naked bike ride to improve her self-esteemCredit: channel 4
The Naked Brigade strip off in the park with presenter Anna Richardson

The Naked Brigade strip off in the park with presenter Anna RichardsonCredit: Channel 4
The gang make their way through the park starkers
The gang make their way through the park starkersCredit: Channel 4

The show – a spin-off of Naked Attraction- featured disabled non-binary person Laura, who suffered from diabetic neuropathy, a condition that left them in chronic pain. As well as this, they felt very self conscious about their body and complained that they didn’t felt their nipples were too big. Host Anna Richardson took them on an outing with her Naked Brigade, a group of individuals who have learnt to love their bodies and are comfortable with stripping off. Laura was tasked with joining the group for a naked bike ride through a public park and then along a high street, in a bid to become more at peace with their body.

“I’m terrified,” they announced as they stripped off her robe and got ready to mount the bike. But Laura grew in confidence as they and the naked gang took to the streets and were cheered on by passers-by watching. Many watching at home, however, did not think it was appropriate for adults to be riding naked in public. One fumed on twitter: “Just saw #nakededucation and I’m sorry but if there was a group of naked older men and whoever else riding around and my little girl saw that I would be fuming!!! Literally would push em right off that bike.” A second added: “Oh my naked bike riding should be banned. #disgusting. It’ll fright children and horses.” A third mused: “Hope they’re going to throw them bikes away after this.” Another was unhappy about the show airing before 9pm, commenting: “I’m sure there used to be a watershed.” A fifth, meanwhile, questioned the legality of the antics, posting: “Is it not massively illegal to cycle around naked in public? Genuine question.”

As it turns out, it is not illegal to be naked in public, unless you are doing it intending to alarm or distress someone. There is even a World Naked Bike Ride event that goes through the streets of London every summer. This is not the first time Naked Education has caused outrage on social media though.  Presenter Anna defended the show recently, despite viewer fury over the fact that the series sees adults strip in front of children as young as 14. The controversial new Channel 4 series has racked up nearly 1,000 complaints to the official broadcast regulator, Ofcom.

In an exclusive interview with TV Mag, Anna explained: “Naked Education is a body positive, educational series that is basically aiming to normalise all body types and champion everybody’s differences, so that we can accept that with our clothes off we’re all normal.” “I like to make shows that are controversial, that break taboos and that make a difference, and with every single show that I’ve done you can tick one of those boxes.”

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