MAFS under fire for controversial scenes: 'Choose to investigate'

Kristine Tarbert
·Features and Health Editor
·3-min read

Married at First Sight is controversial at the best of times, but this season in particular has viewers so shocked they've been making official complaints about some of the things aired in the series.

Multiple complaints have reportedly been received by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, with Bryce Ruthven and Melissa Rawson the topic of many of them, after viewers raised 'concerns over the scenes' involving the pair.

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MAFS has received complaints about controversial scenes. Photo: Channel Nine

Things became very heated again during Monday night's MAFS episode, with Bryce involved in yet another confrontation with the other couples over his decision to write 'Leave' and then cross it out to put 'Stay' at the last commitment ceremony.

The move had plenty of the other couples on the show seeing red, particularly Rebecca and Jake, who again called out Bryce for his behaviour towards 'wife' Melissa.

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Now it's been revealed the media watchdog received 14 complaints about this year's season of MAFS - four of those were about Bryce and Melissa, according to a report by The Wash.

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Melissa and Bryce are the centre of much discussion at the commitment ceremonies. Photo: Channel Nine

"Under the co-regulatory system, the ACMA will refer complainants to the broadcaster in the first instance," a statement read.

"If the complainant does not receive a response from the broadcaster within 60 days, or is not satisfied with the response, they may refer their complaint to the ACMA who may choose to investigate."

Yahoo Lifestyle has contacted Channel Nine for comment.

Bryce in particular has come under fire from viewers multiple times throughout the season, with many viewers calling out his "toxic" and "disgusting" behaviour towards Melissa.

Social media erupted after Bryce placed Melissa in fourth during a challenge which saw the couples asked to rank each participant, as well as their own partners, based on how attracted they were to them.

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Melissa has been in tears repeatedly on the show. Photo: Channel Nine

Prior to that Bryce had already been called out for saying Melissa was "not ugly" during their honeymoon, when he revealed she wasn't his usual type.

The show has also been repeatedly called out for airing blatant gaslighting - from both Bryce and now departed groom James - with expert John Aitken even calling it out on multiple occasions.

"There is the issue, and this has got to do with a behaviour James, which is classic, stereotypical gaslighting behaviour, and it's something that has to stop," John explained during James and Jo's final commitment ceremony.

"When you try to have a conversation, you start to talk in circles, you start to deflect and dodge, put it back on to Jo.

"We got a close up look at it last night. We watched it for hours and hours, that behaviour is gaslighting and it is toxic and it hurts people that are close to you."

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