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Consumers Need Cable Choice: Pop Star Ke$ha to Drink Own Urine on MTV

PTC Denounces MTV, Calls for Cable Choice

Release Date: 5/21/2013

LOS ANGELES (May 21, 2013) – The Parents Television Council denounced MTV for its plans to air an episode tonight of “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life” in which pop star Ke$ha is slated to drink her own urine. The PTC is urging is members to call on their elected officials to take seriously the need for consumer cable choice in light of this episode. (To watch a trailer for this episode, see http://tv.broadwayworld.com/videoplay.cfm?colid=506025.)

“If given the opportunity, I can’t imagine that parents would want to pay for a cable network that airs an episode of a pop star drinking her own urine, and that is why Congress needs to take seriously the idea of giving consumers the ability to choose and pay for only the cable networks they want. Most urgently, we are calling on parents and grandparents to be aware that this episode will air tonight and take appropriate measures,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Before critics say that parents can just ‘change the channel,’ they miss the larger point. It is an outrage that this kind of disgusting, vile content is being subsidized by each and every cable subscriber. We should all have the ability to choose and pay for only the channels we want to watch, but the cable industry won’t let that happen without a fight.

“Ironically, there is also news today that cable television providers aren’t meeting customer expectations because of continuous price hikes and reliability, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index Information Sector for 2013, and news that cable television is losing subscribers a rapid pace, according to Leichtman Research Group. It’s about time that the cable industry faces the reality that its business model isn’t working.

“Fortunately, it seems the chorus of voices calling for Cable Choice -- from Senator John McCain, to writers at the Los Angeles Times and Daily Kos – are growing stronger and impossible to ignore. We hope that this episode will drive forward the needed change that consumers are seeking.”

The Parents Television Council® (www.parentstv.org) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members and 56 chapters across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

The Parents Television Council® (www.parentstv.org) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media.

This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members and 56 chapters across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children.

The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can"make informed viewing choices for their own families.

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To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 307-9404 or email at kelly@kellyoliverpr.com.