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PTC Calls on VH1 to Give “Dating Naked” an “Mature Audiences Only” TV Rating

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 8/16/2016

An Alarming Percentage of Children Are Being Exposed to Nudity and Sexual Dialogue Because VH1 Rates it as Acceptable For Kids

LOS ANGELES (August 16, 2016) – The Parents Television Council called on VH1 to immediately change the TV-14 rating of VH1’s nude ‘reality’ show, “Dating Naked,” to an adults-only TV-MA rating. The explicit content warrants such a ratings change, which will help prevent children from having easy access to the show. (For parents who use filtering programs based on the age-rating alone, a TV-14 rating means that this content would still be accessible to most children.)

During Season 3 of “Dating Naked,” nearly 25% of the viewing audience has been comprised of children ages 2-18. These children have been exposed to naked couples (with genitals blurred) throughout the season; in the most recent episode, there was the following sexual content:

A female participant who is determined to win the affection of one of the males says:

•“I want David…I have to step my game up…When you’re young, be crazy. Do what you have to do.” She gets in bed with David and they are shown doing something under the covers.

In another scene, a female and male participant are describing his genitals.

•The female says: “I’ve seen so many penises…and this by far is THE biggest.

•The man then says: “ I’m definitely proud of my package…it’s special. My penis is shaved, clean, STD-free and healthy…balls hanging and everything .”

“VH1 – and its parent Viacom – have a history of conduct that suggests a complete and utter disregard for parents. And by rating ’Dating Naked’ as appropriate for middle school-aged children, they have removed all doubt. By applying a TV-14 moniker to such explicit content, VH1 and Viacom have demonstrated just how fraudulent – how deeply flawed – the TV content ratings system truly is. Today we are publicly calling on VH1 to do the right thing and immediately change the rating of ‘Dating Naked’ to TV-MA,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“A dirty secret of the TV business is that networks deliberately rate shows with adult content as TV-14 to attract larger audiences and revenue from advertisers who may not want to sponsor TV-MA rated programs. The only way this will change is if there is real oversight with accountability to the public.

“Parents are told by the same TV industry to rely on the TV content ratings in order to make viewing choices for their families. But when the networks, alone, determine the content age rating; and when the oversight of the system is handed to the very same network executives who rate content inaccurately to begin with; parents simply cannot rely on a ratings system that serves the economic needs of the TV networks.”

Recent PTC research analyzing the past 20 years of the TV Content Ratings System found widespread, systemic problems that render the system inadequate for protecting children from graphic sex, violence, and profanity on television.

For more information about the TV Content Ratings System, visit www.ParentsTV.org/RR . Twitter: #TVRatings #RatingsReform

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.