Bikini hiring contest for nuclear plant interns gets toxic reaction

by Marta Holmes June 28, 2017, 1:43
Bikini hiring contest for nuclear plant interns gets toxic reaction

A Czech nuclear power plant has been criticised severely for holding a bikini competition to select its interns.

Hopeful high school graduates stripped down and posed in various areas of CEZ's TemelĂ­n station (above) - lord knows how they narrowed down the applicants before this round - and were told whoever had the most votes online would get the internship. The victor would get a two week internship at the plant and the title of "Miss Energy 2017". Social media users blamed the power station of giving importance to looks over qualification and knowledge while hiring interns.

"We think photographs are very tasteful", the company stated in a comment under the post. In an interview, a human rights lawyer said it was completely unethical. "Undress and you get an internship - this cannot be serious, it's degrading, disgusting and primitive", one Facebook user commented on the post, according to Deutsche Welle.

In a press release, CEZ compared the bikini contest to its other cultural programs, such as the time it hosted a local philharmonic orchestra at the plant in South Bohemia. The company wrote that all 10 women would be offered internships.

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"The goal of the competition was to promote technical education", the power station said in a Facebook post.

'But if the original vision raised doubts or concerns, we are very sorry'.

"The fans on the Facebook page of the Information Centre Temelin could cast a vote on the Facebook page and choose a girl that would receive a short internship according to her preferences", the spokesman said.

And because of the backlash the nuclear plant was forced to say sorry.


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