Document Image

Press Release

PTC Calls on Hollywood to Fully Embrace Influence on Society

Release Date: 9/23/2019

LOS ANGELES (September 23, 2019) – The Parents Television Council is calling on the entertainment industry to fully embrace its influence on society.

“Hollywood is joyfully abuzz at the latest Emmy Awards winners, with a diverse group of actors and viewpoints being represented. At the same time, a forthcoming film, Joker, is being lauded, and criticized, for its stark, cruel, realistic violence, and has led a few critics to rightfully ask whether this kind of on-screen violence could incite real-life violence – especially wise given that this is the first R-rated live-action film in the Batman franchise. The juxtaposition of these two stories could not be better timed, as they provide evidence to Hollywood’s hypocrisy. Hollywood cannot have it both ways – the entertainment they produce and distribute cannot change the world for good, and yet have no influence if the content is violent, sexually explicit, or profane. Hollywood can push the agenda it wants, and say it greatly matters, but they cannot say the negative content doesn’t matter. It’s time for Hollywood to fully embrace its influence on society,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

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.

Visit the new PTC Watchdog Blog at

Follow the PTC on Twitter: @ThePTC.
Like us on Facebook at

To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 307-9404 or email at