LOS ANGELES (September 12, 2013) – The Parents Television Council is calling on its members to contact
Congress to express the urgent need for a consumer cable choice solution in response to the violent and sexually graphic premiere of FX’s “Sons
of Anarchy,” which featured a young boy committing a school shooting, simulated rape scenes, torture of women, and a man who was drowned in a bathtub
“What FX chose to show – a scene of a young boy murdering innocent children in a school with a semi-automatic gun – is enough of a reason
for consumers to have the choice not to underwrite such horrifically violent and disturbing material. Think about the parents who have been personally
affected by real-life school shootings – even they were forced to contribute to FX on their cable bills. This is an outrage, and the time for
consumers to have real choice has come,” said PTC President Tim Winter.
“Changing the channel is simply not enough – that’s a lazy excuse from the cable industry’s own talking points that does not
address the real problem. Consumers are forced to subsidize cable networks like FX just to get access to networks they do watch. It’s clear to see
that the cable industry model of forcing consumers to buy bundles of networks is broken.
“We urge Congress to take seriously the Television Consumer Freedom Act, which will allow consumers the ability to choose and pay for only the cable
networks they want, and the Video CHOICE Act, which would pave the way for a choice solution. It’s time for consumers to have a real voice in what
they want to pay for on their cable bills.”
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
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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