• PTC to WE tv: No Live Sex Show on Basic Cable

    by  • January 28, 2015 • Advertiser Accountability, Cable Choice, Sex • 14 Comments

    The PTC is launching a petition against the upcoming series Sex Box, which will feature live sex acts  — paid for by every cable subscriber. The Parents Television Council has denounced the WE tv basic cable network for forcing families to pay for it’s upcoming show Sex Box, a new TV series that will feature couples having sex in a (“camera free, soundproof”) box, then afterwards discussing their experience with a panel of relationship “experts.” Sex Box premieres on the advertiser-supported basic cable network on February 27th. The PTC is announcing a national petition demanding the removal of WE tv from the cable network bundle.

    “In order for a child to watch the Disney Channel, her parents must now also pay for a live sex show on WE tv. Something is terribly, horribly broken in the marketplace when an industry is capable of making that happen,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

    “A live sex show on TV is something that might show up on a premium cable network. But in an affront to all families, WE tv is bringing that content to basic cable, and is potentially exposing millions of children to graphic content in the process. If some adults want to watch a program like that, let them pay for it. But forcing it into the basic cable bundle and making parents and families pay for it is an outrage. Sex Box should never see the light of day on basic cable.

    “Families are overwhelmed by today’s toxic entertainment media environment, and a program like Sex Box will only cause a further erosion of standards on broadcast and basic cable television. No doubt the network’s promotions team will try to spin the program as some sort of sophisticated, enlightening reality show. And no doubt other network programmers will see it as the next content boundary that needs to be crossed.

    “In addition to warning parents, the PTC is inviting its members, as well as other concerned Americans, to sign a national petition demanding the removal of WE tv from the cable network bundle. We will also be holding publicly to account every single corporation that chooses to underwrite the program with its advertising dollars. Sponsors need to be aware that actions have consequences, and we’ll see to it that they do.”

    To sign the PTC’s petition, click here.



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    14 Responses to PTC to WE tv: No Live Sex Show on Basic Cable

    1. Julie
      February 3, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      Isn’t “WE” supposed to stand for Women’s Entertainment? So this is what we’re supposed to consider entertaining? Please don’t tell us to ‘change the channel’, because we’re still paying for it. Please don’t say “well, the kids should be in in bed anyway” because neither you nor television should dictate what time kids go to bed. Yes, it’s nice to watch a few classic reruns that were of a more wholesome nature, however, it would be nice to see something new that is refreshing and funny and still contain the wholesome, family-friendly qualities. I signed the petition. I support holding the sponsors accountable for supporting this smut. And if this show airs despite all of the backlash, I will cut the cord.

    2. Tammy Hisoire
      January 31, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      disgusting …….. Stop pushing sex on our kids

    3. Matt Norcross
      January 29, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Flat out disgraceful; filth like this is the reason why I only watch INSP or Hallmark Channel. At least there’s no garbage on those channels. Not to mention, the only thing I really watch on any of the big three networks these days is the Charlie Brown specials on ABC and that’s it.

    4. Gary
      January 29, 2015 at 9:27 am

      It is common knowledge that the porn industry, otherwise known as mainstream media, is pushing the envelope against decency on tv, and unfortunately they will probably win. I believe the authorities in charge of content of programming are easily bribed.

    5. Sam
      January 29, 2015 at 7:24 am

      Did any of you actually watch the trailer? There’s no bleeping or blurring because there’s no sex shown or heard! It’s a discussion show.

      • January 30, 2015 at 7:06 am

        Still the same old boring watered-down porn trash that’s on every other channel!

        Yeah, yeah…”Just don’t watch!”

    6. Violet Harrison
      January 28, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      This is not something we need to see our pay for. I say no!

    7. Eileen Scarborough
      January 28, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      This is absolutely disgusting. This should never be shown on basic cable.

    8. Dana
      January 28, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      It’s just the same old watered-down porn that’s on every other channel–chock full of bleeping and blurring. BORING!

    9. William Hughes
      January 28, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      I haven’t had Cable TV for a little over eight years now, and when I read articles such as this one I’m glad I decided to “Cut the Cord” when I did. From what little I’ve seen the quality of what subscribers pay up to almost $200 a month to see has only headed in one direction, SOUTH. In addition to holding advertisers responsible for what they are advertising on we need to go after the providers who show this smut. CUT THE CORD, there are MUCH BETTER ways to get your entertainment and information needs for FAR CHEAPER than what a Pay-TV Subscription costs.

    10. tina lundquist
      January 28, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      UN necessary and uncalled for

    11. Diane Leong
      January 28, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Yes, let us hold any corporation accountable that sponsors this evil program.

    12. Barb Ingram
      January 28, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Live sex should never see the light of day on basic cable. Exposing familys to this kind of filth.I say no to porn on basic cable. NO NO NO.

      • Kevin
        January 30, 2015 at 9:04 am

        This is not a live sex show. It is two consenting adults that go to a secluded room — “the box” — do what adults can do in private (by the way — loving sex is not porn) and then return to have a relationship discussion. Or at least that’s what they tried on the BBC (yes, American TV shows once again it can not come up with an original idea.) My guess is that once the voyeurs find out there is no real sex shown the ratings will plummet and the show will disappear — just like the BBC show did. Titillation and shock is all this is. Try to get people to tune in for 30-minutes, subject them to a barrage of ads. Lather, Rinse, Repeat. Really… Is there anything to watch on TV that isn’t just rehashed formulaic pablum which breaks up the ads?

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