Channel 5 has always enjoyed a reputation as a broadcaster unafraid to test the boundaries of taste, but one has to wonder if it's gone too far with a discussion on today’s edition of The Wright Stuff, which posed the question: “Foxy Knoxy: would ya?”
The item, concerning Amanda Knox, the woman recently cleared of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, invited male viewers to phone in and declare whether or not they’d go to bed with the reprieved American in the knowledge that she was once accused of murder.
“So Amanda Knox has been cleared of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher. She’s entirely innocent,” begins a puff piece for today’s Wright Stuff on the Channel 5 website.
“She’s also undeniably fit and loves wild sex. Or did. So if you were a guy who’d met her in a bar and she invited you back to hers, would you go?
“I’m being quite serious. Or would something in your brain make you think twice?”
Commentators quickly took to Twitter to roundly condemn the programme’s poor taste, with author Caitlin Moran saying that the feature signals the “End of Days”, although at least one user voiced the opinion that: “You lot can be outraged about The Wright Stuff all you likes, but that's exactly the sort of pub chat it does on a regular basis.”
Matthew Wright, the show’s presenter, said in a statement: "For the last four years, the world has been more than happy to refer to a woman, then presumed to be a killer, as 'Foxy Knoxy', something I find appalling.
“I thought it would be interesting to find out if mud sticks, or whether an innocent young woman could now go out and behave in a perfectly normal way. The real disgrace is the Foxy Knoxy epithet."
A Wright Stuff spokesperson added: "The discussion conducted between Matthew Wright and our panel of Kelly Hoppen, Christopher Biggins and Liz McClarnon was handled extremely sensitively and at no point did we lose sight of the fact that at the heart of the matter is the tragic death of a young girl - Meredith Kercher."
What do you make of The Wright Stuff’s discussion? Post a comment and let us know.