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Cast members are generally out for themselves, and their behavior towards each other doesn't promote any positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Some cast members are interested in causes, but overall they appear self-absorbed.
Sarah's mother is Seselwa, but all the other cast members present as White. There is a blend of men and women influencers on the show.
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Violence & Scariness
Instances of bullying, backstabbing, and harsh words among cast members as drama unfolds.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There is lots of casual dating. Hannah refers to casually hooking up with Nathan multiple times. There is some artistic nudity - for example, one of the artists created a piece that exposes the backsides of a group of men. Some of the women wear revealing clothing. Some of the men constantly bear their chests.
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Strong curse words like "s--t" and "f--k." There are also instances of bullying, backstabbing, and harsh words among cast members as drama unfolds.
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Products & Purchases
The show is an opportunity for influencers to grow their social media followings and to promote their brands. It highlights a lavish lifestyle with fancy events.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cast members are often seen drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Byron Baes is a series that follows a group of young creatives and influencers navigating dating, business, and social media stardom in an earthy, hippie-inspired area of Australia. In true reality TV form, there's no shortage of shallow, scripted drama and stereotypical characters including the fashion designer, the spiritual personality, the party guy, the struggling musician, the drama queen, etc. Characters drink alcohol at nearly every event, and their midriffs, chests and other body parts are often on display. The show sparked controversy when Byron Bay locals heard about Netflix's plan to film a "docu-soap" about influencers. Residents didn't want the show, whose cast is mostly made up of people not actually from Byron, to cast a negative light on the town, or conversely, to drive a host of new residents to the area.
Is It Any Good?
This attempt at social commentary about social media falls flat. In Byron Baes, the creators seem to want to show the conflict between online portrayals and real life, but instead present a totally typical reality TV series. There was a real opportunity to showcase the world of influencers from the vantage point of entrepreneurship and to inspire others to take the role seriously as a career option. Instead, Byron Baes highlights all that is frivolous about social media feeds, filters, and followers.
Nonetheless, viewers whose guilty pleasures include reality TV will be drawn to the sprawling cast, stunning images of Byron Bay, and bingeable first season of eight episodes.
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