This quote brought back some memories. The Saudi regime allowed the people in the country to acquire satellite dishes in the early 90s. They could only pick up, at most, a dozen channels but for that closed and retrograde country it was a boon. So, the Saudis had an absurd situation, as though it wasn't absurd enough, where women in the country can't drive, or be alone outdoors or publicly mingle with non-relatives, yet every week Saudi males would devoutly watch Baywatch on their tellies. The hypocrite Saudis kept their women in a sack but certainly didn't mind ogling Western beauties.
Baywatch must have been, and likely still is, the closest thing to hardcore pornography in that sexually repressed society.