• America Speaks Out Against Sex Box

    by  • February 18, 2015 • Advertiser Accountability, Cable Choice, Sex, Sexualization, Television • 31 Comments

    Thousands of Americans are offended at having to pay for WE TV’s upcoming show Sex Box – and the PTC has the comments from the public to prove it.

    WE TV’s claim to the contrary, parents and families don’t have to watch Sex Box to know that it isn’t something they want coming into their homes. But maybe WE TV should listen to the voices of the American cable and satellite subscribers FORCED to pay for Sex Box against their will.

    To make this easier for WE, the PTC offers some comments made by signers of our PETITION TO STOP SEX BOX. The PTC didn’t solicit these comments; we merely offered the American people an opportunity to sign a petition. But when they signed, over 5000 people independently chose to make their feelings about Sex Box known. Here is a small selection of comments from voices the WE network (and the rest of the entertainment industry) isn’t listening to: the American people.

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    America Speaks outIt’s not necessary to see couples have sex to discuss their intimacy issues. This is just a ploy to get people to tune in merely to boost ratings. We don’t need more trash reality TV to feed our minds about what is wrong with people. Why not a show that brings out what is right about people? A show about what people are doing right to make a relationship work? Wouldn’t that be more beneficial in teaching others about intimacy issues?

    A new low for television!

    Programming like this says, “We have no good ideas, so we’ll just pander to the base element.” Pathetic.

    Any advertiser that supports this type of program should be exposed and boycotted.  Businesses need to be aware and responsible for what their advertising dollars are promoting.

    I have previously cancelled HBO for displaying content not in the best interest for the public.  If this type of programming permeates cable TV I will cancel all services.  I see no entertainment, social or educational value in this show.

    Cable and satellite providers hold their subscribers hostage regarding QUALITY programming, but allow this trash without hesitation.

    Does WE understand that probably 99% of Americans do not want this on their TV? And we certainly don’t want to PAY for it!

    Don’t we have enough trash on TV? How about investing in more shows that are educational, family friendly, teach lessons, etc. Quit adding more and more crap. This is just sickening.

    Everything on TV is sex. Give us a break! We’re smarter than that. Give us something interesting and informative. I’m sick of all these stupid shows. I don’t need to see more sex. Who cares what happens in the box? Enough is enough!

    If people want this type of pornography they can go to pay-per-view TV or buy it from a store.  Children do not need to be potentially desensitized to this perversion because it may be available at someone else’s home.

    Even if this show is not broadcast during regular family TV hours, I have no doubt that the commercials for the show will be seen by minors. 

    “Evil sneaks in like a whisper” — but this one came in screaming!

    Sex is a private thing between consenting adults.  Keep it in the bedroom!

    A country without a moral compass is headed for disaster. Have we learned nothing from history? Can you say Caesar’s Rome? We have come to the “bread and circuses” period, where we have to distract the populace from our real problems.

    How low does WE TV have to go to get viewers?

    I can’t believe we even have to protest this. What’s next? “Mutilation and Abuse Box?” When do the snuff shows start?

    -I don’t have the words to explain how violated this trash makes me feel. Just the commercials and title alone are inappropriate for basic cable. I should not have to explain to my children what “Sex Box” means!

    I find this extremely disgusting. My cable company is removing one faith-based television network after another off the basic tier. They have already removed a teen program of TBN and are in the process of removing Smile of a Child from their lineup amid many protests. But we’re forced to pay for WE TV and “Sex Box!”

    I know that the entertainment industry is always trying to “push the envelope,” but this show has hit bottom. At a time when good wholesome movies have proven there is a large audience, why not move in that direction?

    I stopped watching WE because the commercials are gross. I hate to think how foul the show will be.

    I think this show “Sex Box” is absolutely outrageous and disgusting.  Is there nothing media won’t do?

    As a doctor, I treat sexually-transmitted infections and undesired pregnancies.  I see the lifelong emotional injuries, including future problems with intimacy, from treating sex like a post-it note, moving around from partner to partner.  Sex is too special to turn it into pornographic reality TV.  This should be removed from basic cable immediately, and TV should strongly consider not showing anything that feeds pornography addictions — unless they want viewers to pay doctor and counseling bills in the future.

    I will get rid of cable if this show airs.

    I work with women every day who struggle with self-esteem issues. Garbage TV like this only feeds the negativity that’s all around them. CANCEL THIS SHOW!

    If anyone had told me of this show, I would not have believed them. I really couldn’t believe the ad I saw for this disgusting program.  Have TV producers completely lost all sense of decency? To say nothing of the networks, advertisers and cable providers.

    If people want this type of programming, it should only be available on-demand by subscription.  I will not pay for this with my basic channels.

    If you’re discussing your sex life in front of an audience, and then having sex on live TV, yes, you probably will have “intimacy issues.” Do you see the contradiction?

    America deserves better!

    I’m as liberal as it gets. I’m an adult and I can decide for myself what I want to watch. But that said, the folks at WE need to look at themselves in the mirror and honestly ask if putting a show like “Sex Box” on the air is something they are proud of. Is it something their parents would be proud their child was doing? Is it something they’d want their own kids to watch? It’s shows like this that are driving more and more people away from cable TV.

    I’m sure the folks at WE TV make nice salaries. But the money is far outweighed by the souls they’ve sold out.

    I’m disgusted and deeply outraged that such filth could be aired on television!  Sex is a sacred bond and covenant  between a husband and wife.  It was never meant to be recorded and put up for all the world to see!  We have enough marriages being destroyed by porn addiction and we continue adding to the problem with despicable shows like “Sex Box”!!!

    I’m tired of having to turn off my TV every time my kids walk into the room.

    Is it any wonder that so many people reject most of what’s on television these days?  To those who are responsible for programs such as “Sex Box.” Is this the highest and best version of who you are?  As a writer, editor or producer, surely you can do better.  Please aim higher.

    It’s way past time for us to be able to pay only for what we want to watch.  Why can’t we get good programming?  Past years had many outstanding programs, every day.  Nothing but sex and violence now.

    I’ve never been so disappointed!  What could possibly be next? Sex with children or animals on TV?

    Keep sex in the bedroom where it belongs!

    Our kids don’t have a chance! Everywhere there is something to take away their innocence. It would be fantastic if we could purchase only the channels we wanted.

    People already have to deal with all the erectile dysfunction commercials, and all the disgraceful shows that are on, and now this. What do people tell their kids when these commercials come on, even if they don’t watch the shows?

    People who want to bring this show into their homes have a right to do that, but I have a right not to subsidize it.  NO TO “SEX BOX”!

    Who would sponsor something like this?

    There is not a single person who believes that this is a serious health or psychological show.  No doctor with any credentials would say that it makes sense to “evaluate” a couple’s relationship based on having sex in front of an audience, and under the associated pressures.  No, this is all for the “shock value”.  And it does NOT need to be on a Basic Cable offering!

    This is the final straw on why we need cable choice.

    I’m tired of this kind of garbage on TV. Parents are blamed for letting kids watch it, even when parents say “no” and the kids sneak and watch it. So we put a block on the channel, and the kids find a way around it. And people are still saying, “parents, do your job!” It’s almost impossible to “do your job” with this kind of programming on. Hey, networks – how about working WITH parents, instead of against us? How about HELPING us protect our kids, instead of corrupting them?

    We’re trying to prevent sex crimes on campus, in the military, child molestation, human trafficking…and TV gives us this.

    This is why younger viewers are cutting the cord. TV is really going downhill. When I get my own place I will not have cable or a dish, just a TV with a DVD player for quality movies. I will not be wasting money every month for a bunch of garbage. I’m a 23 year old who was born in the wrong generation.

    Unacceptable! There are porn channels and porn websites galore for people who want this kind of thing. We don’t need to be force-fed this stuff on regular cable TV too!

    WE TV should adopt a new slogan:  “Programming for Peeping Toms.”

    In a corporate or government environment, discussing this show would be considered harassment and require sensitivity training.

    And I thought Jerry Springer was bad.

    Exhibit A for why we should not be required to pay for channels we don’t want to receive.

    With two working parents in most homes, children and teens ARE going to be exposed to shows like “Sex Box”.  Bad for the kids, bad for the teens, and bad for their future.

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people went into a “Bible Box” instead of a “Sex Box” for an hour, then discussed their findings with a Biblical expert? How come cable networks don’t put THAT on TV?

    Thank you PTC for your vigilance in combating such abuses that expose families to offensive content and require us to pay for it by our provider.

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    And there’s more where that came from. A LOT more!

    Critics of the PTC love to claim that we’re “imposing our values” on the rest of the country. But the truth is, the PTC gives a voice to the millions of Americans who don’t like Hollywood imposing IT’S values on the entire country — and forcing people to PAY for channels they never watch and don’t want.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if WE TV’s bosses would listen to the people who pay the network’s bills – and their salaries?

     

    To allow WE TV to hear YOUR voice against Sex Box, click here.

     

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    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.

    31 Responses to America Speaks Out Against Sex Box

    1. Kathy
      February 20, 2015 at 8:15 am

      You need to stop this.

      • Gary Larson
        February 28, 2015 at 8:57 am

        Disagree, this is relatively harmless. Thousands of years ago, children had to share close quarters with their parents. And they lived on farms where they saw large animals having explicit sex in broad daylight. I think we have lost our sense of reality when we complain about shows as harmless as this.

    2. February 20, 2015 at 8:32 am

      There is nothing to be accomplished by this type of programming. It’s merely gratuitous perversity for it’s own sake. As an actor, I consider myself to be very open-minded, but this crosses the line between art and trash. Personally, I won’t watch WETV until they get their priorities straight.

    3. Linda DeGennaro
      February 20, 2015 at 10:19 am

      I just got finished watching little house in the prairie …faith, family, values! The trash we have to be subjected to has to be stopped….for our kids sake! Because there are no creative writers anymore, no one who wants to use their brains to actually crate a show with a story line, a message, a memory…we have the unintelligent putting one idiotic reality show on after another! It’s brainless, classless, offensive and doesn’t belong on TV!

    4. Pet
      February 20, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      You need to stops this trash.

    5. CV
      February 20, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      This show should be banned on the WE channel if it wants to be on tv maybe they should go to HBO, Showtime, etc.

    6. Dee
      February 20, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      I am anti sensor ship but this show is so inappropriate that I feel compelled to add my voice to those who are at least trying to have it removed from basic cable channels. If people want to watch this garbage, let them subscribe to a separate package that includes that network. WETV should not be included in cable packages unless it is specifically requested.

    7. Steven Jaycoxe
      February 21, 2015 at 2:38 am

      Please pull the plug on this sleazy show

    8. Nick
      February 23, 2015 at 11:37 am

      Against it. Television has gone downhill since my teen years.

    9. cMarie
      February 23, 2015 at 11:12 pm

      I don’t even know what to say anymore. We try so hard to protect our children/grandchildren from this type of mind altering trash and here comes more. The worst part of all of this is that its on “regular” cable channels so even if we aren’t watching, if the remote is being clicked/scanning it can be viewed even for an instant. For those of us educated in psych/sociology we understand a fleeting scene, just moments in time will remain in the brain and can be activated later and cause detrimental harm. The proof is all around us, as tens of thousands are now addicted to porn – and answer this – how did that happen…it started with a brief view. Its similar to seeing something then closing your eyes and it remains momentarily, that’s the brain taking photos, and yes, they all get stored. People need to wake up and fight harder for our safety and freedoms, we’re being robbed.

    10. Andrell
      February 25, 2015 at 8:36 am

      No, no, no! What is wrong with this world? Stuff like this. Let’s take some responsibility for what we’re doing to ourselves and put a stop to this nonsense.

    11. Jody
      February 27, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      I’m so tired of all these channels having all this sex! It has to be stopped, I have children that watch tv, what good does it do to block all the ppv channels when they can see this on regular tv. Naked & afraid….sex box…etc. They are doing NOTHING but teaching kids that all this sex crap is ok. They want to talk about all these violent games & shows “causing kids to be violent” do they not think these contribute to the rise in teen pregnancy???? Look at the freakn rise in it & rapes, child molestation and teen pregnancy this is absolutely disgusting!!!!!!

      • Dana
        March 10, 2015 at 9:13 am

        Me, too. It’s all about “Sex and smut and nuthin’ but” because “it’s cheaper and makes money!”

        Where’s my share of the $$$$?

    12. Hope
      February 28, 2015 at 6:19 am

      This is ridiculous! Can’t even turn on the t.v. anymore and watch a decent show…What happened to quality family television? This show has got to go!

    13. bill cudnyj
      March 2, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Who the hell do you people think you are to stop ANY tv show. If you dont want your kids watching it, Then don’t. Why cry about something that you dont want in your own life. You self centered SOB’s.

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        March 3, 2015 at 8:11 am

        Here’s “who we think we are”: we are citizens concerned about our children, and the culture and future of our nation. And we are exercising OUR First Amendment rights to speak out on something we think is important.

        If you don’t want to listen to our viewpoint, then don’t. Why come to a blog and post a comment crying about something you don’t want in your own life?

    14. March 6, 2015 at 5:37 am

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    15. uzo
      March 8, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      umm i don’t have yet but i think this is a stupid show. the counselors r stupid. the director putting them in a robe after suposed sex is stupid. the fact that they think they can correct all problems after a moment of sex is stupid. the fact that they think we will believe they had sex on tv is stupid. please cut down 24hr tv if there is nothing else to show people.

    16. lynn
      March 15, 2015 at 2:04 am

      Whatever I can do to remove the violence and this sort of trash from Tv, I will do.
      Embarrassing to know that America has citizens with such small minds who will watch this garbage.

    17. brandon johantges
      April 2, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      I’m sorry I can’t support censorship even if it is something I don’t agree with.

    18. brandon johantges
      April 2, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Don’t the creators have a first amendment right to free speech anyway. The real world has sex, murder, and lies. Why are we trying to hide that? Shouldn’t shows even ones as stupid as Sex Box reflect the real world.

    19. brandon johantges
      April 2, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      you can keep deleting my comments. I will just re-post them every time. Instead on stepping on my first amendment rights how about actually responding to what I said.

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        April 3, 2015 at 9:30 am

        The First Amendment does not guarantee a “right” to appear on a privately-owned network TV. If it did, why don’t YOU have your own network show? Are the networks violating your “First Amendment rights?” Of course not.

        It is also not a violation of the First Amendment for the owner of a private blog to refuse to allow abusive comments on their property. By your logic, the First Amendment guarantees everyone the right to walk into your living room and swear at you. Of course, it doesn’t…and asserting that it does only makes you look ignorant.

        And the First Amendment certainly doesn’t require millions of people to PAY for a message they don’t want to hear. However, the First Amendment DOES guarantee people who don’t like a show the right to protest against it.

        The argument that “the real world has sex, murder, and lies. Why not show that?” is simply ridiculous. Child pornography exists in the real world, too. Should there be a prime-time TV program devoted to that? How about a program showing African-Americans being lynched, or gays being executed? How about an hour with close-ups of bowel movements? Simply because something exists in the real world, that does not mean TV is obligated to show it — no matter how bad (or, for that matter, good) it is. After all, millions of Americans attend church every Sunday, too…yet somehow, TV manages never to show that.

        Finally, you would increase the odds of having us respond to you if you didn’t submit identical comments to three different blog posts. That’s not commenting; that’s harassment, and we are under no obligation to support, permit, or tolerate it.

    20. Simon Donald
      April 3, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      Mr. Brandon I believe you are being very disrespectful. We are sorry if our campaigns got two shows you liked cancelled. But that does not give you the right to harass or in this case troll us. If you want to blame someone blame the people who decided to put it on network television instead of HBO or Showtime. Spouting nonsense with the sole purpose to irritate is not how actual conversations work. If you want to voice your complaints about these two shows you liked getting cancelled by our campaigns. Then actually create a civilized dialogue where actual ideas can get across. That is how two people can understand each other better. If you want to have a dialogue about this topic which I guess would be “How do fans feel when we get their shows cancelled.” Then lets have an actual dialogue. Thank You.

      • brandon johantges
        April 3, 2015 at 6:45 pm

        I tried leaving a simple complaint a couple years ago when the shows were first cancelled! The complaint was very civil and I simply asked why you guys didn’t think of the fans when you got the shows cancelled. You guys basically snubbed me and didn’t reply. When I saw you guys trying to get another show cancelled that anger I felt came back. So yeah I tried having an “actual dialogue” but the PTC ignored me!

    21. Simon Donald
      April 3, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      You know how many emails the PTC get per day. They probably simply missed yours.

    22. brandon johantges
      April 3, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      I emailed it twice!

    23. Simon Donald
      April 3, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      Then they missed it twice. It happens

    24. Gary Larson
      April 4, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      Having actually watched Sex Box I was surprised to see that it is not the salacious and titillating show the previews and comments here suggest it might have been. People are fully clothed, no nudity whatsoever. All they do is sit and talk about problem with their love life. The “sex box” is simply a private room on stage they go into and come out of. You get to see NOTHING.
      I have to conclude that this is an overreaction to what people thought this show might be. In fact, it’s biggest problem might be that it’s rather boring. The experts are actually pretty good, and two of the three experts are women, and this is a woman’s network. It’s not trash at all. If anything, the low ratings for this show are going to be that it’s too professional-counseling like, and not salacious enough.
      Like some of the comments in this thread comparing this to porn, and how imagines stick in your mind? There is no nudity or sexual behavior depicted whatsoever in any of the episodes!
      This show would be so boring for any kid that they would switch to something else in less than a minute. The concern about this show is entirely misplaced. If you disagree, please explain it to me! Because otherwise, I don’t understand what the PTC is trying to achieve. Especially given the much more concerning violence that is widely available at 8 pm, never mind the much later hour during which this show airs. I can only conclude that most people posting here did not actually see a single episode.
      Apparently this show was canceled last night at the last minute — they had something else on instead.

    25. Pamela Sells
      May 31, 2015 at 9:51 am

      All your programs on we TV are so close to porno it’s disgusting, I’ve have not watched any of them because the commercials are bad enough

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