I just watched “Derren Brown: The Push” as it came across my recommended list. I felt deeply uncomfortable after watching the show because of several concerns. Firstly, I am very concerned about the mental well-being of the people who participated in the so-called experiment of the show. They have been put into a huge deception, put under distress and been forced to make a decision that may have created lifelong trauma. It is absolutely unethical to perform such a “stunt” without proper mutual consent and professional debrief session. The pad on the shoulder and asking “are you alright?” is not an appropriate resolve measures to psychological distress. Besides, the information related to psychological theories can be misleading or inaccurate, which I believe is not appropriate to be encouraged. In addition, it may giving out a message to viewers that shows like this is okay because “after all we can learn from it and how to not being manipulated”, which I would opposed full heartedly. Given the possible risk that may do to the participants, I don’t think it is an ethical move to do our learning based on others’ suffer.
I would suggest that Netflix should take this show combining with other Derren Browns’ show off the shelf