Ecuador's got Talent contestant Carolina Peña criticized for religious beliefs
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Ecuador's got Talent contestant Carolina Peña criticized for religious beliefs

A 16-year-old contestant on talent show Ecuador’s got Talent was criticized by the panel of judges for her religious beliefs.

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Contestant Carolina Peña Photo: La Razon

The country’s communications watchdog Fundamedios received numerous criticisms from television viewers, stating that the program, broadcast on channel Ecuavisa tried to “teach” and question contestant Carolina Peña’s “philosophical and non-religious beliefs in a disrespectful manner.” Magazine Semana reports.

Members of Ecuador’s Atheist Association have responded to the program, releasing a letter criticizing the channel on their Twitter account:

#BoicotETT4

Under the hashtag #BoicotETT4 Twitter users have praised Carolina Peña for admitting that she is an atheist.

Judge Wendy Vera, accused of starting the questioning has now said she “fears acid attacks” after the show aired earlier this month. “I don’t regret what I said as I never judged her (Carolina), I only asked. Curiosity is a natural human quality.” Vera commented during interview.

Members of Ecuador’s Atheist Association took to the streets in the city of Guayaquil in protest, demanding that Ecuadorean “television is socially responsible.”

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Protestors in Guayaquil
Photo: El Telegrafo

Ecuadorean musician Juan Fernando Velasco has joined the media backlash against the reality show. On his Facebook account Velasco supports Carolina, adding “You have a good ear and you need to practice and become more confident.”

Con gran asombro recibí a través de un medio de comunicación internacional este lamentable video de un episodio de la TV…

Posted by Juan Fernando Velasco on Thursday, 24 September 2015

Yet criticism continues against the popular reality show as the judges’ reactions continue to be discussed across Latin American media.

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