Male stars of reality TV accused of sexism hit back

Glenn Moores, 36, was a participant in Channel 4's Eden: Paradise Lost series

Glenn Moores, 36, was a participant in Channel 4's Eden: Paradise Lost series

Half an hour has passed in the company of Glenn Moores, but he has not yet asked me to wear a pinny or do the washing up, and I've done no hoovering at all. 

This is quite a relief, as I find myself in the company of a man known across the nation not so much as a sexist as a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal, a purebred misogynist who believes that women should retreat to the utility room.

True, the floral wallpaper and twee patterned curtains hanging in his mock Tudor home don't scream 'oaf'. There are no animal carcasses swinging from the ceilings.

But there were plenty on view in Eden: Paradise Lost, last week's Channel 4 series in which 23 strangers attempted to live 'off-grid' in the Scottish Highlands for a year.

Viewers were transfixed as Glenn, 36, and four other men not only butchered the meat themselves but were shown making crude jokes and discussing how to share out the womenfolk in threesomes before demanding they stick to 'girl jobs' such as gardening and washing up.

Many will no doubt have agreed with the verdict of a withering rival participant, who described them as the most 'sexist, racist, homophobic men' she had ever met.

The series follows 23 strangers as they attempt to live 'off-grid' in the Scottish Highlands

The series follows 23 strangers as they attempt to live 'off-grid' in the Scottish Highlands

These were the damning words of 31-year-old artist Katie Tunn, who then continued her assault in a number of excoriating press and broadcast interviews in the run-up to last week's series.

Today, it is no surprise that Glenn is eager to set the record straight. 

Clearly on the back foot in the unfolding gender war, he is speaking for the first time since the controversial shows were aired – and takes aim at Katie, whom he accuses of orchestrating a sustained campaign against the boys, despite her own shortcomings on the show.

This is a woman, he claims, whose main contribution to the desperate fight for survival was producing 'art works' made out of heather and whose idea of foraging for food was collecting bits of seaweed.

'We all had a horrific time at Eden. Why the hell is Katie leaping on the bandwagon now when she knows what was shown is not the full picture?' he says. 'She's turned into a sort of persecutor-in-chief.

Artist Katie Tunn, 31, was a fellow contestant and she described men on the show as 'sexist, racist and homophobic'

Artist Katie Tunn, 31, was a fellow contestant and she described men on the show as 'sexist, racist and homophobic'

'She kept having problems with certain people. It's like she's still grinding the axe.

'She's quite spiteful. This is her taking a last chance to get the knife in. Katie said to me in there that she would like to work in TV off the back of this.

'I think she'd like a career in media. She blogs, she likes the attention. If Katie can use this to get more fame, she will.

'Katie made a lot of noise about things she didn't like and she didn't like us. 

'She would come round to our house for cups of tea. But when you look back at her private videos, she was slagging us off from day one. It was duplicitous.'

Katie declined to respond to these charges. But she is not the only target of Glenn's ire.

'Look at the way they've edited it,' he adds. 'We're the pantomime villains in Channel 4's production. The Glenn you see on TV is not a person my girlfriend knows. It's not a person I recognise either.

'I gave a year of my life – blood, sweat and tears – to build something fresh, only for it to be twisted into the diabolical, highly edited trash Channel 4 produced. It's soul destroying and I'm a bit shell-shocked by it.' (For their part, Channel 4 says that the footage of the boys' antics speaks for itself.)

Indeed, he is sufficiently outraged to have lodged a complaint with broadcasting regulator Ofcom and says that three other contestants are planning to do the same.

A spokeswoman for Channel 4 said: 'All the contributors were made aware of the premise of the programme and the resulting series is a fair and accurate account of what took place.'

So what lies behing this very heated ding-dong in 'Eden'? And who is the real serpent? 

It all began when Glen saw a Facebook post requesting willing participants to build a self-sufficient community on the Ardnamurchan peninsula in the Scottish Highlands, and jumped at the chance. 

He had degree in ecology and had learned how to stalk and butcher deer after a stint working as a stalker on The Garynahine Estate on Lewis. He also longed for adventure.

'It was my childhood dream to live

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