There is outrage among German politicians and child protective agencies over an episode of Big Brother where Daniela Peter, 23, got her nipple pierced while lying on a table. The show will be repeated this Friday on German television.
Essen University child protection expert Bruno Nikles says: "such self-mutilation shouldn't be shown on television because children could be watching." Many countries have variants of the Big Brother show where viewers vote out contestants.
Producers of "Big Brother" have come under fire over accusations that they coerce contestants into doing shocking things for the sake of ratings. The UK "Big Brother" went off the air briefly because contestants made death threats against each other.