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PTC Calls on Verizon to Stop Supporting Explicit and Harmful Content on “The Mick”

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 1/26/2017

LOS ANGELES (January 26, 2017) – The Parents Television Council is urging its members and the public to tell Verizon to stop underwriting graphic content on Fox’s new TV show, “The Mick,” which disturbingly features minor children using explicit language and put into sexualized situations. Ads for Verizon FiOS and Pixel were aired on “The Mick.”

In the show, teens are shown smoking, drinking, and swearing, as their alcoholic, drug-using aunt does nothing to set boundaries or stop them. A six- or seven-year-old boy accidentally ingests a balloon filled with drugs; a teenage girl has sex with an adult man and engages in a drinking contest with her legal guardian, among other egregious examples.

“Verizon should refuse to be associated with such destructive and harmful TV content on ‘The Mick.’ Apparently the show’s producers and network executives believe such disturbing content is appropriate for the public airwaves, even at times when children are likely to be watching. Verizon must choose whether it will invest its media dollars to underwrite such content. Child characters should not be used for ‘shock value,’ and supporting a show that makes children participants in that kind of vulgarity directly calls into question Verizon’s corporate standards,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“We ask Verizon to take the appropriate measures to ensure the company’s ad dollars do not go to supporting explicit content on ‘The Mick.’”

The PTC recently documented that broadcast TV shows are more frequently using children to say explicit language and put them in adult situations, a “trend” that “The Mick” continues.

See Teens Talking Trash Study and video clip examples

 

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.