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PTC Says Subway Should Avoid Sponsoring TV Show Featuring Kids “Sexting” and Discussing Child Porn

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 3/27/2017

LOS ANGELES (March 27, 2017) – The Parents Television Council is urging Subway to clean up its advertising buys by avoiding Fox’s The Mick, which has featured child characters “sexting,” discussing child pornography and having threesomes, among other adult content. The show is consistently rated TV-14 by Fox, meaning that the network believes this content is appropriate for children as young as 14.

Subway has sponsored five episodes of The Mick.

“Given its embarrassing experience with a former company spokesperson, you would think that Subway would, at all costs, avoid associating its brand with a TV show that makes light of child pornography and other explicit adult content, and that routinely features child actors delivering that adult content,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Advertisers must take responsibility for the TV programs they underwrite via their media dollars, and Subway must be held accountable for marketing grotesquely inappropriate content on The Mick to children.

“Subway is paying to put kids in sexualized situations, and that content is being marketed to families as kid-friendly. We are urging our members and other concerned citizens to contact Subway and ask them to reconsider future sponsorship of this show.”

This is a description of some of the content Subway has sponsored on The Mick:

  • A boy of about 13 plans to have two adult men photograph him naked so that he can falsely accuse his guardian’s boyfriend of possessing child pornography.
  • A teenaged boy receives a “sext” and fantasizes about the girl in the photo – only to discover it is his own sister.
  • A middle-school-aged boy plans a threesome with a high-school aged girl and his best friend. The two boys are shown in a bathtub together while waiting for the girl to join them.
  • A boy of six or seven ingests a drug-filled balloon.

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.

Visit the new PTC Watchdog Blog at www.parentstv.org/blog.

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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.