Ricardo Bermudez, producer of RCN’s reality show “Protagonistas de Nuestra Tele,” responded to viewer outrage that the show isn’t actually reality in a broadcast this week.
Three of the show’s faithful viewers sat down with Bermudez and an RCN TV host to present their concerns that many of the show’s contestants weren’t who they were depicted to be and that many had prior experience with modeling or acting. Contestants on the show are not supposed to have previous experience in show business and viewers became angry after Facebook photos of several contestants surfaced proving they were not the poor or unknown people RCN was showing them as.
“I feel attacked in my good faith when I see that supposedly that this was approved, that the conditions of the people that were shown to all of Colombia, that the girl who sells cocadas is a model and has traveled abroad,” said viewer Maria Esperanza de Passego.
Bermudez responded that the Facebook photos of the contestant, Maria Angelica, show her traveling abroad because she is a Carnival dancer in Barranquilla and traveled with other dancers to do cultural presentations in Japan, Germany, Ecuador and more.
“She is a humble girl that models when she can,” Bermudez said. “She actually sells the cocadas that her mother makes.”
He added that just because she’s humble doesn’t mean she shouldn’t have the opportunity to travel, and that everything about her was available on her profile on the show’s website.