Entries in Parents Television Council (6)


Howard Stern: Don't Judge Me Before Watching "America's Got Talent"

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- Howard Stern doesn't understand the logic behind the Parents Television Council calling on advertisers to boycott America's Got Talent because he has joined the NBC variety show as a new judge.

As a guest on ABC's The View on Thursday, Stern addressed the PTC's recent plea by saying, "I think it's kind of silly of anyone to say, 'Gee, we're against Howard on the show,' and they haven't seen the show. What I would suggest is that they would really tune in Monday night, see what I do."

Stern, whose debut on America's Got Talent airs Monday night on NBC, vows he will be "a very serious judge." He believes judges on other talent competitions, such as American Idol, do a disservice to the contestants by, in his opinion, refusing to give constructive criticism.

Stern admits he watches other TV competitions, including The X Factor, which reportedly has brought Britney Spears into the fold as a new judge. Stern is intrigued by Britney's involvement in the Fox series; according to The Hollywood Reporter, he joked at a press conference in New York on Thursday, "I think it's a wonderful decision. Britney still thinks the Earth is flat."

Stern added, "I think we’re going to tune in to see her, to see if she can function through the thing. ...I think Britney will sit there and eat a lollipop and wear a sexy outfit. ...I'll tune in to see what kind of train wreck she is, absolutely."

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Parent Advocacy Group Decries MTV’s New ‘Sex-Soaked’ Show

Simon Russell/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The parent advocacy group that raised cain over singer M.I.A flipping the bird during the Super Bowl halftime show and David Beckham stripping to his underwear in an H&M Super Bowl ad shifted its parental scorn from football to foreplay Tuesday.

The Parents Television Council’s latest target of outrage is MTV’s newest steamy teen comedy I Just Want My Pants Back. The group called on such corporate sponsors as Dr. Pepper, Toyota and T-Mobile, which all bankrolled the show’s first three episodes, to pull their support of what they deemed “sex soaked, child-targeting entertainment.”

“All of MTV’s advertisers, including Dr. Pepper, T-Mobile and Toyota, will be asked if foursomes and a woman who tells her sexual partner to ‘stick a finger in my a**’ are an accurate reflection of their hard-earned corporate brands,” the council’s president, Tim Winter, said in a statement.

The group claims MTV’s “stated intention” was to target children “as young as 12 years old,” a charge they base off comments MTV’s head of programming David Janollari made to The Wrap that the show’s demographic is 12-to-34-year-olds.

“We are confident you recognize the dangers of associating your brand with group sex -- particularly when promoted to children,” Winter said in the letter to the show’s sponsors, which also included Burger King, Ashley Furniture and others.

The show, which launched earlier this month, is about a group of young 20-somethings looking for love and success after a one-night stand. Its premier episode attracted about 1.8 million viewers, more than The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, according to Nielson TV ratings.

This is not the first MTV show the Parents Television Council has targeted. Last year the group called on Department of Justice to open a child pornography investigation against MTV for its controversial show Skins, which depicted teen sex and drug use, and employed actors that were under 18.  The youngest actor in “Pants” is 25.

Skins was canceled after the first season.

MTV declined to comment on the Parents Television Council’s letter.

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Parents Group Filing Complaint over Pants-Dropping 'X Factor' Contestant

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Paula Abdul wasn't the only one who felt queasy over the male X Factor contestant who pulled his pants down on last week's series premiere.

The Parents Television Council says it is filing a formal broadcast indecency complaint with the Federal Communications Commission over the segment, in which Geo Godley dropped trou, causing Abdul to leave the set, audibly gagging.  The show censored Godley's midsection, so it wasn't made clear whether or not his genitals were exposed.

Regardless, the PTC argued in a statement, "If Godley performed his act in public, he would have been arrested.  But if he performs it in front of a Fox camera, his act is beamed via the public airwaves into every home in the nation."

It says X Factor producers chose to air the segment despite knowing "full well that children would be watching."

Godley himself has told E! News that he was wearing a G-string at the time and was not naked from the waist down.

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Parents Television Council Calls for Investigation of MTV Series 'Skins'

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/MTV Networks International(LOS ANGELES) -- MTV got under the skin of the Parents Television Council with the debut of its new series Skins, about high school teens dealing with issues such as sex and drugs.

The PTC is asking the chairmen of the U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committees, as well as the Department of Justice, to investigate the show for child pornography and exploitation.

The organization says, "In addition to the sexual content on the show involving cast members as young as 15, PTC counted 42 depictions and references to drugs and alcohol in the premiere episode," which aired Monday.

The controversy has already turned off Taco Bell, which has pulled its ads from the show.  A rep for the fast-food chain tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Upon further review, we’ve decided that the show is not a fit for our brand and have moved our advertising to other MTV programming."

The New York Times reported that network executives met Tuesday to discuss whether the show could violate pornography laws.  Skins is based on a British TV series of the same name.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Study: Are TV Teens Too Sexy?

Photo Courtesy - ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- A Parents Television Council study released Wednesday found that sexy images and depictions, from a teenage girl who dances seductively through her classroom to teens sharing a very passionate kiss in a dark room, are all from primetime network television.

"It's a ubiquitous saturation of sexualization of young girls in every form of media," said Tim Winter, president of the Parent Television Council. "It's not just college kids, it's not just twenty-somethings, we're now talking about teenagers."

The study analyzed the top 25 primetime scripted programs for viewers aged 12 to 17.

It looked at shows such as 90210, Glee, Gossip Girl and Grey's Anatomy, and defined sexualization as "the act or process of sexualizing...making of a person, group or thing to be seen as sexual in nature."

The study found that underage female characters were more often depicted in a sexual way than adult female characters. And for the underage characters, it is more likely visual sexual behavior as opposed to just dialogue.

The majority of the characters were presented as high school kids, not college age adults.

Seventy five percent of these shows did not contain an "S" for sexual content rating, so that parents could avoid them.

Parents can help curb that saturation by having a conversation with their children.

"As a parent it is incumbent upon you to become more involved in the media consumption of your child," said Winter. "Young children are watching these actors, they are seeing these pretend teenagers as the types of role models they want to become. "

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Watchdog Group Fuming Over 'Glee's' Photos in 'GQ'

Photo Courtesy - GQ(NEW YORK) -- Glee has hit a sour note with the Parents Television Council.  The organization has released a statement lashing out at the Fox series and GQ magazine for a racy photo spread featuring several of the show's stars that appears in the November issue.

PTC President Tim Winter said, "It is disturbing that GQ, which is explicitly written for adult men, is sexualizing the actresses who play high school-aged characters on Glee in this way.  It borders on pedophilia.  Sadly, this is just the latest example of the overt sexualization of young girls in entertainment."

Winter then turns his attention to the Fox show, saying, "Glee creator Ryan Murphy has declared that it is his goal in life to remove every barrier to the depiction of explicit sex on TV."  He adds, "Parents need to be on guard as we expect the show to push the envelope even further.  Unfortunately, it seems Glee is only masquerading as family show and is far from appropriate for young viewers."

GQ Editor-in-Chief Jim Nelson responded to the PTC in a statement to Entertainment Tonight, saying, "The Parents Television Council must not be watching much TV these days and should learn to divide reality from fantasy.  As often happens in Hollywood, these 'kids' are in their twenties.  Cory Monteith's almost 30!  I think they're old enough to do what they want."

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