• Excuses, Excuses: Five Questions We’ve Heard About Sex box

    by  • February 25, 2015 • Advertiser Accountability, Cable Choice, Internet Safety, Sex, Television • 7 Comments

    StopSexBoxSign7In the course of our efforts to advocate for families and protect children from Sex Box , we’ve heard from a number of people who wonder how anyone could possibly object to a live sex show on basic cable. Here, we answer their most common complaints.


    Sex Box is trying to help couples. Why are you against helping relationships?

    The notion that having a couple engage in sex on live TV, then discuss their problems for all the world to see, will somehow help them with their “intimacy issues” is highly questionable at best. If anything, publicly exposing these couples in their most vulnerable and intimate moments will add to the problems in their relationship!

    The true intentions of WE tv are clearly demonstrated by the fact that, in addition to the alleged “therapists” on the set, also present to comment on the action will be PROFESSIONAL COMEDIAN Danielle Stewart. Because who better to comment on couples undergoing serious relationship therapy than a comedian?

    Sex Box is not an updated Dr. Ruth Show. WE tv did not bring Sex Box to the United States to help distressed marriages, but to help their network’s distressed ratings.


    The couples are in a box. You’re not even going to see or hear them having sex.

    Although the audience doesn’t see the couples during their intimate act, the show’s entire hook is that the audience is present and involved while real couples are actually having sex on live TV. WE tv’s own press release plays this up when it says:

    “The series takes therapy to A WHOLE NEW LEVEL, with couples not only discussing their relationship issues with a panel of experts, but also spending time in a camera-free, soundproof box on the show’s set to have sex, ALL IN FRONT OF A LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE!…Sex Box may just be the start of the next sexual revolution!


    Why are you going after a show that airs at 10 p.m.? Kids won’t be watching.

    Even if parents are successful in blocking children from seeing Sex Box during its initial airing, more and more networks today are making their shows available online, where any child with an iPad, smartphone, or internet connection can access them, even through computers at school. And there is no doubt that children will be exposed to the commercials for Sex Box, which air across multiple channels at all times of the day. Should parents be forced to explain to their kindergarten-age kids what a “sex box” is?


    Why are you focusing efforts on this one show when there’s lots more explicit content on cable?

    If Sex Box is successful, it will only lower the bar for other cable networks to air programs just as bad. We’ve seen this time and again, most recently with Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid. It wasn’t long after that show premiered that other networks joined in, with VH1’s Dating Naked, TLC’s Buying Naked, and others.

    Furthermore, WE tv is part of the basic cable tier, which means that if you are paying for cable or satellite TV so your child can watch Nickelodeon or the Disney Channel, a portion of your cable bill is going to underwrite Sex Box. We believe Americans should not be FORCED to pay for programming they don’t watch.


    Who are you to impose your morality on me?

    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 are sick and tired of Hollywood imposing IT’S values on the entire country — and forcing people to PAY for channels they never watch and don’t want.

    Over 5000 people contacted the PTC to object to Sex Box. Read a small sample of their comments here. Since the American people are forced to pay WE tv’s bills, wouldn’t it be nice if the network’s bosses listened to the people’s opinions?




    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.

    7 Responses to Excuses, Excuses: Five Questions We’ve Heard About Sex box

    1. March 6, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      These men and women are prostitutes being paid to have sex in a box. I remember when the FCC did not regulate wire communications (web) because these were disguised as some mysterious holy new medium. I do not think I get WE but if I did I would sue. Article III judges in the United States are why sexual morals were lost in 1997.

    2. josh
      February 27, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Stop trying to control what others might enjoy. Your group is a joke and disgusts me. You try and push your garbage beliefs down our throats and you need to be stopped. Your just upset because your most likely out of shape, not attractive and have nothing going for you but this bogus organization. Stop living behind the cross and realize this only affects weak people. YOU GUYS SUCK!!!!!

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        March 2, 2015 at 8:15 am


        We’re not “controlling what others enjoy.” If people want to see explicit sex, they can subscribe to channels that offer them that, or find plenty of it for free on the internet. And it is the WE tv network and others that are “pushing their garbage down our throats,” forcing people to pay for it, and which need to be stopped.

        I have to ask: do you automatically presume that anyone who disagrees with you about anything must be “out of shape, not attractive, have nothing going for you [and is] a weak person living behind the cross?” If so, I can understand why. It’s far more convenient to insult others’ appearance than to actually think about what they’re saying.

        – Christopher Gildemeister

    3. Jim
      February 27, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      It’s very hard these days in our culture of death, not to see this kind of trash everywhere.
      First of all, I think it’s pathetic that ONLY 5000 signed the petition. 5000 out of 310 million people. REALLY!!
      Second, this kind of immorality exists because the vast majority of people are not christian in the true sense.
      Many claim to be christian but, are not. Others are proud for NOT being a christian. If you move away from the light, it gets darker. It seems Satan is ruling but, GOD has the last word. Only when people start making the connection between their sins and the state of the country, will GOD heal the land as HE promised.

    4. pat
      February 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      I finally just got rid of my TV. Now I never have to hear about ” erectile disdisfunction”!

    5. Matt Norcross
      February 27, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Hard to believe filth like this is being force-fed by Liberal Hollywood these days. And you wonder why more and more traditional-minded people are tuning out of cable TV in droves. I’m sure this makes fans of Hallmark Channel happy that the family-friendly shows on that network are making more money than this filth will ever get.

    6. philip crane
      February 27, 2015 at 8:09 am

      As to the question of imposing ones morality on someone else. What separates humans from other animals is our morality and our free will to do the right thing. Morality is what makes killing another human being wrong, without it we are just a pack of wild tigers, lions, alligators and such. It’s amazing that so-called lower animals know the difference in what female and male species are on this planet for also, to procreate, something the movie and TV industry find impossible to do without breaking up family’s history, tradition and growth. This is the ruination of our species and this TV show, in part, shows the morality that encompasses perverted sexual encounters of all kinds of Hollywood and the entertainment industry.

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