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TV3 says Norris can watch Late Late after he criticises 'obnoxious' Tallafornia

The Senator criticised what he called the “drink-sodden programme” in the Seanad today.

David Norris has criticised the reality TV programme on TV3.
David Norris has criticised the reality TV programme on TV3.
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TV3 HAS DEFENDED its reality TV3 programme Tallafornia after it came under criticism from former presidential candidate David Norris in the Seanad today.

As recorded by Politics.ie, the veteran senator said during the Order of Business that the fly-on-the-wall TV3 programme about the lives of four young men and three young women in the south Dublin suburb of Tallaght was “both compulsive and repulsive viewing”.

He called for debate on the standards in Irish life “and what our values are” saying of Tallafornia that it was “a seriously drink sodden programme where young people in my opinion are exploited.”

“They’re put in an atmosphere of continual drinking, they’re encouraged to behave licentiously, they compete to bring people home to bed them,” he added.

He went on to describe the latest episode of the programme, which airs every Friday on TV3, as “obnoxious” before “asking what kind of values this is inculcating in people”.

Contacted for a response this evening, a spokesperson for TV3 told TheJournal.ie: “Tallafornia is exactly what is says on the tin. It’s just about fun and it’s an entertainment programme.”

Asked specifically about the comments of Norris that it was “obnoxious”, the spokesperson added: “It is what it is, it’s a fun programme with a huge following. If David Norris doesn’t want to watch it he can always watch the Late Late Show.”

Read: Over 450,000 tune in to Tallafornia

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