What Makes Us Hate-Watch TV? Professor Camacho Discusses

Monday, July 19, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- What makes a TV series particularly suited for hate-watching, and “Sex/Life” an exemplary artifact of the concept? Dr. Melissa Camacho, professor and graduate coordinator at the Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University, said any TV show or film that banks on sex appeal can run into trouble.

“Sex is always a topic of controversy: the more explicit, the better,” she told the Chronicle.

Camacho lists the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie franchise as another example of hate-watching material, particularly given the high expectations set both by the book series it was based on and the potential steaminess of its sex scenes, which were heavily criticized by the BDSM community.