‘Win a wife’ competition appals

Stuff.co.nz 09/02/2011
A radio competition offering listeners the chance to “win a wife” has appalled a former MP who is calling for it to be pulled. The winner of MediaWorks’ The Rock promotion will fly to the Ukraine for 12 nights, be given $2000 spending money, and be able to choose a bride from an agency. The station says it won’t offer the opportunity to just anybody and plans to “weed out the no-hopers and time-wasters” with its application form and various psychological tests. “If you’re interested in holy matrimony with a potentially hot foreign chick, fill it out to the best of your abilities,” it says on its website. However, former Green MP and social activist Sue Bradford slammed the contest. “It is unusual and somewhat disturbing that a commercial entity would commercialise what should be one of the most meaningful human relationships and actually offer it as a prize for a radio show,” she said. “It’s really taking commercial radio to new depths.” When asked if the contest should be pulled, she said: “Absolutely”.