Are These The Meanest Television Judges Ever?

16 March 2015, 11:59 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

X Factor NZ Natalia Kills & Willy Moon
Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

We can't believe this actually happened.

Because we're all people who live on earth and are familiar with society, it's easy to understand how something can start off as fun and entertaining (bantz, as it were), and quickly devolve into a horrible, no good, very bad thing.

X-Factor New Zealand contestant Joe Irvine learned that lesson the hard way when married judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon launched into a bizarre tirade where they accused Irvine of stealing Willy Moon's look.

As an artist who respects creative integrity and intellectual property I am disgusted at how much you have copied my husband. From the hair to the suit, do you not have any value or respect for originality? You’re a laughing stock. It’s cheesy. It’s disgusting. I personally found it absolutely artistically atrocious. I am embarrassed to be sitting here in your presence having to even dignify you with an answer of my opinion.

Natalia Kills

X Factor NZ Natalia Kills & Willy Moon

Joe irvine

At one point Natalia exclaims, "you look good because you're dressed as my husband." Because everyone who wears a suit is dressed as Willy Moon.

Willy Moon often wears suits during his performances. As do many other male and female performers.
 Willy Moon

There is a saying about people in glass houses which comes to mind after examining Natalia's own "look". Odd how you can accuse someone else of lacking originality when you basically look like a composite sketch of every female musician over the last 10 years. 

Natalia and her husband's behaviour crossed over into a largely unexamined periphery of reality talent competitions. The thing which alleges to bring people so much joy and entertainment is actually cruel and unfair. 

Thankfully Joe Irvine is okay after being berated on national television for wearing a suit but, in light of Giuliana Rancic's own Fashion Police scandal, perhaps we can examine how we watch and support shows which clearly breed such a toxic culture. The pair have since been let go from the show but X-Factor is still on television so the battle rages on. 

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