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In Wake of Universal’s Decision to Pull The Hunt, PTC Questions ‘Misguided Thinking’ That Led to Film Ever Being Produced

Release Date: 8/12/2019

LOS ANGELES (August 12, 2019) – The Parents Television Council issued the following statement regarding Universal Pictures’ decision to pull The Hunt from release.

“While we are glad Universal Pictures made a responsible decision to pull The Hunt from theatrical release, we can only wonder what misguided thinking led to the film ever getting produced, or even getting a green light by studio executives. While we understand and appreciate that our cherished First Amendment guarantees the right to create a film like this, how could the studio ever think it was the right thing to do?” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“When there is an issue Hollywood cares deeply about, it celebrates its ability to impact our culture through the media. Yet the industry continues to turn a blind eye to the negative impact it can also impart, especially on children. The International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA) – and scientists around the world – have concluded that media violence is among the contributing environmental factors for youth violence; and it is among the factors that should be easiest for us to control.

“Instead of asking the public to be entertained by human slaughter, we call on Universal to take the lead in Hollywood and commit to developing positive entertainment that encourages people across the nation and around the world to eschew such violence.”

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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