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Pedophilia Rated PG on Disney-Owned ABC

Parents Television Council Urges FCC, Congress to Reform TV Content Ratings System

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 5/5/2016

LOS ANGELES (May 5, 2016) – The Parents Television Council urged the FCC and Congress to reform the TV Content Ratings System, in light of Disney-owned ABC giving a PG rating to content on “The Real O’Neals” which has included explicit language, jokes about child molestation, and discussions of pornography. “The Real O’Neals” airs as early as 7:30 pm in half the country. By comparison, Disney films Cinderella and The Good Dinosaur were rated PG.

ABC’s PG rating of the adult content on ‘The Real O’Neals’ is a prime example why we have been urging reform of the TV Content Ratings System. This kind of adult content should not be given such a low rating, especially when you compare this content to PG-rated Disney films Cinderella and The Good Dinosaur . It’s a slap in the face to all parents that TV discussions about pedophilia, genitalia, and explicit language merit the same rating as child-friendly films,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

Dialogue on the Tuesday, May 3 rd “Real O’Neals” episode included lead character and minor Kenny saying, “They’re gonna saran-wrap your balls to your face,” and his brother Jimmy urging him to “steal people’s phones and take pictures of our junk.” Also included was dialogue by a Catholic school vice-principal about molesting his male students. Addressing Kenny, Vice-Principal Murray says, “If you’re not comfortable sleeping with all those boys because of your … blossoming sexuality, you can sleep in here. Not with me, of course. I will be sleeping with all the other boys,” in a manner that makes light of child molestation.

On the April 26 th episode (also rated PG), the family’s father, Pat, remarked, “I was married for 18 years. You know, there’s so many new things out now. It’s… I guess the sexting and the snapchat. I mean, I’ve never taken a picture of my junk,” while Kenny realized, “Oh my God, I’ve been making Mom porn.”

In a March study, the PTC found that “The Real O’Neals” contained an instance of adult content every 43 seconds. Eighty-three percent of all the adult-themed content was sexual (83.3%), and most of it involved the 16-year-old Kenny, a minor.

“In light of this new evidence, we urge the FCC and Congress to overhaul the TV Content Ratings System. It clearly needs to change to better serve parents and families, and not the self-serving entertainment industry,” Winter added.

Academic researchers have also joined in the chorus for TV Content Ratings Reform, saying that ratings should be “valuable for the public.”

For more information about the TV Content Ratings System, visit www.ParentsTV.org/RR .

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 1.4 million members, 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.