MAFS expert Mel Schilling breaks silence after petition to have her fired goes viral

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“If you looked around the room and saw all the brides and grooms, their reaction was the same."

Married At First Sight psychologist Mel Schilling has broken her silence following the backlash she received for telling off Bronson Norrish for calling his 'wife' Ines Basic the C-word.

Speaking on the Married At First Sight spin-off show Talking Married, Mel said she would "absolutely" do it again if she was in the same position:

“If you looked around the room and saw all the brides and grooms, their reaction was the same."

“Using that language is inappropriate and in any setting, toward any person, I’m going to call that out, whether it’s a man or a woman.”

Fellow 'expert' John Aiken also added that they do not see everything that happens between the couples outside of dinner parties and commitment ceremonies, so they have no insight into what a couple is like outside of those times.

“People are absolutely invested in this show and in the couples, and they were really outraged by some of the behaviours that they’d seen."

“What’s important to know is that the experts only see the dinner parties and commitment ceremonies, so we’re dealing with what’s in front of us.”

Mel also responded to critics saying Bronson's behaviour should have been excused given everything he's been through with Ines:

“It’s actually never excusable to use that language toward anyone, because it’s disrespectful … and can have lasting effects."

“But … if people stay with us, they’re going to see us call out all sorts of behaviour, and particularly the women — the women are called to account on a number of occasions, so there really is a balanced approach.”

Watch the moment with Bronson here:

Viewer Tyson Smith, who created the Change.Org petition which has almost reached 60,000 signatures, wrote:

"Married at first sight so called expert 'Mel Schilling' lashes out at Bronson for using foul language.. This so called psychologist is a biased feminist who has made it clear that she thinks it’s okay for a woman to behave the way Ines does.  

"Bronson has been a victim of her verbal and emotional abuse all week, and the second he decides its enough 'expert' Mel comes in and says he shouldn’t be using that language. The thing is, Ines is exactly what he said, a nasty, abusive piece of work.  

"Mel needs to make a formal apology or be sacked from the show. The show doesn’t need one sided feminists as an 'expert'."

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Image: Channel Nine

Written By Marni Dixit