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Press Release

PTC Calls Carl’s Jr. CEO for Labor Secretary “Troubling”

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 12/9/2016

LOS ANGELES (December 8, 2016) – The Parents Television Council called the expected appointment of CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Pudzer “troubling.”

“Pudzer is the same man who moved a family-oriented restaurant into hyper-sexualized marketing. He publicly and vehemently defended his explicit marketing as harmless fun and as what young guys want. This is a troubling move from a new Administration that has said it wants to ‘drain the swamp,’” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“For someone who is charged with overseeing the interests and concerns of our labor force, it’s disconcerting that we’d rely on someone so seemingly eager to hyper-sexualize women for his own corporate gain. That’s not the kind of Labor Secretary our nation deserves. We hope that the Trump Administration and the transition team takes these concerns into consideration.”

The Parents Television Council® ( 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