On Monday night we stopped watching renovation series, The Bullies…I mean, The Block.
Sorry, it’s a bit confusing because only six episodes into the latest season my daughter and I had seen more bullying than building, and we’d had enough.
Days before, my daughter had performed with her team at a cheer competition in the city, and we’d supported hundreds of young women on stage together (it’s truly emotional). That night we’d screamed for the Matildas and jumped around with joy at this moment when we could feel the strength in women united.
This is a moment in time where everything is changing, especially for our daughters. We are focused on supporting each other, in stamping out bullying and building a culture where we lift each other up.
So it’s beyond me why The Block is promoting a toxic and disturbing bullying narrative as the main storyline for this season, rather than positive role models the whole family can watch and support together.
It’s a renovation show! When we watch we want to see renovations. We want to see likable couples we can support and follow while they create beautiful rooms and homes.
Apparently though, this is not enough for The Block, it needs negativity, drama and scandal, with the bullying actively supported and promoted on its show and socials. In case you haven’t watched, since the show began, couples Leah and Ash and Kristy and Brett have been targeting vulnerable architect Steph, who is competing with husband Gian.
After a week of being bullied and gossiped about while she tried to solve multiple problems with the couples’ bathroom, Steph shared that her mental health was not good. She was breaking with the stress of the room and being isolated by the other teams.