RTVE has defended that use the term ‘sugar daddy’ to refer to one of the contestants on MasterChef. This term in English refers to those men, usually older, who have sex with girls or boys much younger than them and in return they receive money or gifts.

“Dani is called like that alluding to his condition as a mature father, and the rest of the contestants have used it in a humorous tone, never with no negative connotation“, explained the director of Entertainment of TVE, Toñi Prieto, in the program broadcast this Sunday of RTVE: Responde, in response to a television viewer who accuses the program of making “apology for child abuse” by “normalizing sexual relations between older men and girls and adolescents.”

As Prieto has continued, the contestant made use of this word due to the age difference between him and the rest of the contestants, since he was the oldest of them all. “Given the context in which it has been used the expression in the program, there has always been an allusion to the age difference in any case to a possible protective attitude of the applicant with respect to the youngest contestants, “he clarifies.

We have in no way appreciated that it has an implicit sexual connotation nor that it can be related to prostitution or to an economic transaction; We would never tolerate it, “Prieto has settled, adding that” at no point in the program is an inappropriate relationship established between an adult and a minor. “On the other hand,” a protective relationship with children is appreciated, “said the director. of Entertainment of TVE, that nevertheless, has apologized if any viewer has been offended.

Several complaints related to MasterChef have also been raised, such as the possible mistreatment of one of the contestants by his peers and the jury and comments to a contestant for his physical attractiveness.

Regarding the first question, Prieto has been clear: “To Ofelia he is not bullied“In this sense, he affirms that what can be seen in the program are” rivalries and friction “with colleagues for their challenges.” They are Context-specific rivalries and specific situations“He added, to also comment that the teammates value her and highlighting the” good vibes “that there is among all the applicants.

More in detail, a complaint has been raised regarding the ‘bullying’ that was done to this contestant at the give foal meat for him to cook it, knowing the special bond that this young woman has with horses.

“Foal meat is a legal product in our country, it is marketed in many supermarkets and is commonly used in many places in Spain,” explained Prieto, who also considers that “contestants should not prioritize the discomfort of cooking certain ingredients, but they have to face different situations if they want to dedicate themselves in the future to the gastronomic world “.

Regarding the comments to a contestant due to their physical attractiveness, the TVE Entertainment director emphasizes that “they are their own contestants who make these appraisals“but that the contestant’s commitment to health and nutrition, as well as his abilities as a doctor, has also been mentioned and praised.

“On other occasions it alludes to Pepe’s hair, Maria’s beauty, Alexia’s exoticism … they are spontaneous comments that occur in any circle of friends “, has defended Prieto.” We consider that making an expression of admiration, praise or praise is not a negative thing and that can be used for any person independent of the gender “, has settled.


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