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Canadian Radio Station Offers Russian Bride as a Prize

12. September 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

A Canadian radio station has sparked controversy by hosting a “Win a Wife” competition that will give one lucky listener the chance to meet, and possibly marry, a Russian woman.


"If we pick you, you'll be heading to Russia with 13 nights' accommodation, return air fare, and $500 spending money to meet the lucky lady,” reads the website for 100.3 FM’s The Bear. Sound familiar?

The Bear’s contest is startling similar to the “Win a Wife” competition hosted by New Zealand’s Rock 100 last February. Both stations used the exact same wording in their advertisements, though Rock 100 offered listeners the chance to meet a woman from Ukraine, not Russia. Despite the similarities, Rob Vavrek, The Bear’s brand director, claims the Canadian station does not "have any relation to the station in New Zealand."

After getting heat from immigration officials and groups like FEMEN, The Rock eventually changed the name of its matchmaking competition from “Win a Wife” to “Win A Trip To Beautiful Ukraine For 12 Nights And Meet Eastern European Hot Lady Who Maybe One Day You Marry." The winner, Greg, reportedly traveled back to New Zealand with the woman he met in Ukraine.


Of course, The Bear, like Rock 100, is not literally giving away a Russian bride. According to Vavrek, the “Win a Wife” contest is simply an opportunity for a Western man and Russian woman “to contact and meet each other in the hopes of developing a serious relationship -- a concept similar to many other such contests held on reality-TV shows over the past few years around the world (IE-The Bachelor/Bachelorette)."


Source: The Huffington Post