What would you do for $10,000? Would you lie about being raped?
A Toronto radio show is in hot water after one of its contestants admitted to lying about a rape to win a $10,000 contest.
Toronto’s Roz & Mocha Show ran a contest called #DecisionImpossible which saw three Torontonians telling stories and then being voted on to see who deserves a $10,000 prize.
Krystin, one of three contestants, told a story about being abused by an ex-boyfriend.
“He would beat me, he would rape me,” she said on the show. “I felt helpless, I was trapped.” She was selected the winner on Thursday.
On Friday, she was brought back to the show and admitted that she lied about the rape and abuse.
“I would say that it was a little exaggerated,” Krystin said.
“The physical abuse was made up,” she confessed to the show’s hosts.
“I was not raped,” she said later.
The show’s hosts said on air that it wouldn’t take the money away from Krystin. They also haven’t apologized for her comments or the contest.
“Having someone come in and lie about being raped was not what I had envisioned for the game,” show’s host Roz Weston wrote to the Toronto Star.
“I would never trivialize abuse, and would never use it as entertainment. If we had known ahead of time … I’m not sure she would have been picked at all,” he added.
Reactions to the contest and the lie have been mixed.
“Absolutely disgusting!! I agree and I know people do what they can to win games by lying , cheating and shit, but did she really have to fabricate a terrible story like that when there are real women out there suffering and trying to find an out of there relationships!!,” Pam Eardley wrote in the site’s comments section.
“#DecisionImpossible is the worst radio contest ever. Encouraging ppl to lie then reward them with money is FRAUD,” tweeted @mystresspeaches.
Others were not as disturbed by the lie.
“#DecisionImpossible all of these people complaining would’ve done the same for 10 grand,” tweeted Andy Zhu.
“Honestly I don’t know why people are getting so upset about it. After all it is a STORY – no one said the story had to be true.