The Block: Why angry fans are shutting down this “disturbing” season of the show and not allowing their kids to watch it
The new season of The Block is only a week old, but fans are already complaining about the constant infighting and bullying among the Blockheads.
And now a single mother has penned a lengthy protest denouncing Channel Nine’s hit renovation show as ‘toxic’ and ‘disturbing’.
Longtime viewer Evie Farrell says she doesn’t want her young daughter to watch the program and has turned off the ratings because it has “more bullying than building.”
Farrell cited the show’s “negativity, drama and scandal,” focusing on the feud that flared up between the Steph and Gian couple and the other contestants.
Farrell says Blockheads Leah and Ash and Kristy and Brett mainly “focus” on Step, who she says seems emotionally fragile.
The new season of The Block is only a week old, but fans are already complaining about the constant battle between the Blockheads
A single mother has written a lengthy protest denouncing the hit Channel Nine renovation show as ‘toxic’ and ‘disturbing’. Farrell cited the show’s “negativity, drama and scandal,” addressing the feud that flared up between the Steph and Gian couple and the other contestants
“It’s a mystery to me why The Block is promoting a toxic and disturbing bullying story as the main storyline for this season,” Farrell wrote in an article written for Mommy.
She said it would be better to “show positive role models for the whole family to watch and support together.”
Farrell said fans really want to see “sympathetic couples” creating beautiful rooms and homes.
Capitalizing on the wave of support surrounding Matildas’ courageous World Cup campaign as a positive role model for young women, Farrell suggested that The Block’s “bullying” tone was out of step with the times.
It comes after fans berated Ash and Leah for their “annoying” response to the show’s latest “cheating scandal” on Sunday.
During the episode, Steph and Gian were on the receiving end of some serious pointing the finger after they were alleged to have broken the rules.
Despite finishing in last place, Steph enlisted her construction worker Nick to give their bathroom a boost.
But this did little to win over Ash and Leah, who turned their eyelids when they found out that Nick hadn’t officially been greenlighted or paid for his hard graft.
In a shocking move, Ash and Leah drew everyone into an unexpected body showdown – with Steph and Gian having no idea they were the hot topic.
“It’s a mystery to me why The Block is promoting a toxic and disturbing story about bullying as the main storyline for this season,” Farrell (pictured) wrote in an article written for Mamamia
Farrell says Blockheads Leah and Ash and Kristy and Brett mainly focus on Step, who she says appears to be emotionally fragile
The meeting left Steph in tears and feeling like she and her partner had been slaughtered behind their backs.
And it seems viewers are on Team Steph, with many taking to Twitter to cover Ash and Leah’s antics.
“Why so aggressive and mean, boys?” a user has been fired. Another added, “The Block seems to be encouraging and promoting bullying this season, so wrong.”
Another fan lashed out at the show’s producers, saying “Yet more drama that could have been avoided if the producers had questioned the father and stopped him from even going on the scene.”