• PTC Urges TLC to Keep Sex in Public Private

    by  • September 29, 2015 • Cable Choice, Sex • 16 Comments

    Beginning Friday, October 2nd, the TLC network will air the first episode of its new program Sex in Public, in which a therapist goes undercover and ambushes strangers, trying to get them to talk about their sex lives on camera.

    “TLC once stood for The Learning Channel, but today it stands for Totally Ludicrous Content. Sadly, this once-noble programmer is the latest in a string of basic cable networks using provocative titles and explicit content in a desperate move to attract attention. And because TLC is part of the cable network bundle, it can use its unfair business leverage to force every cable subscriber in the country to pay for its explicit content, whether subscribers want it or not,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

    The PTC is urging advertisers to refuse to sponsor Sex in Public and other TLC shows that are clearly designed to shock and pander to the lowest common denominator.




    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.

    16 Responses to PTC Urges TLC to Keep Sex in Public Private

    1. PTC
      October 9, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      Thank you Deanna for asking.

      Now that the show has aired, and we know the sponsors, we have listed them in a new blog post.

      The main sponsors are:

      Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
      Mr. Gregory Lee, President and CEO

      Care.com, Inc.
      Ms. Caroline Shev, Chief Marketing Officer

      Ikea Holdings Us, Inc.
      Mr. Mike Ward, President

      Newell Rubbermaid
      Mr. Richard Davis, Chief Marketing & Insights Officer

      J.C. Penney Company, Inc.
      Ms. Darcie Brossart, VP, Corporate Communications

      Graco Inc.
      Mr. Glenn Will
      Chief Operating Officer

    2. Deanna Plyler
      October 5, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Please let us know of the advertisers, so that I know who supports this. I agree with an earlier reply, I think I would
      feel better just to let cable go. There is so much scummy material on basic tv as well, such as Family Guy.
      We need to get them where if hurts, the pocket book aka: advertisers. Be relentless. Call and Write.

    3. Mike Barry
      October 4, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      I feel so good when the t.v. isn’t on. It is nothing more than a mind control mechanism. I just don’t watch it anymore. If I’m at a friend’s place and they are watching a show, I don’t even look at the screen.

    4. Bob Anderson
      October 4, 2015 at 10:03 am

      This is just another in a series of programs that are degrading our society and their morals. It is sad to think that people would watch the trash that is being aired on cable TV. What will our youth become if this is what becomes the norm for viewing. It used to be you had to go to some sleazy store to see this kind of stuff and tha’s where it should stay.

    5. R.Robert Burdick
      October 3, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      I Had to cancel my TV long ago as there is nothing but trash on it an i am saving money as it is not worth it.

    6. beth gansner
      October 3, 2015 at 6:25 am

      We are about ready to cancel direcTV. Most shows are still OK but how much is one willing to pay for TV viewing anyway? We don’t want any part in the further deterioration of the masses. We’ve already gone too far! If our daughter was still with us, we would not have direcTV.

      Citizen Against Pornography

    7. William
      October 2, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      It’s been my decision to “cut the cord”. I don’t miss it at all. If there is a “clean” show on it will most likely be available on home video in a few months, which means you’ll be able to watch it WITHOUT any offensive commercials to wade through. I save over $1,100.00 a year by not subscribing to Pay-TV. Home video costs less than 1/3 what a it costs to have Pay-TV, and after you watch a show, YOU GET TO KEEP IT!!!

      • moax429
        October 6, 2015 at 3:55 pm

        Plus – as I’ve said in other postings – said programs on DVD are *intact* and *not* hacked-up prints that were once used to fit the time slot. Another advantage of owning programs on DVD.

    8. T Long
      October 2, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Time to cut the cable. Let it turn into a totsl cesspool.

    9. Donna Blankenhorn
      October 2, 2015 at 10:25 am

      TV programming is stooping lower and lower. Don’t we have any talented writers and producers any more? This is trash. Isn’t anything sacred any more? The way things have deteriorated in the last 10 yrs. at least, I shudder to think what the next 10 yrs. will bring. No wonder there is so mixed up people.

    10. Stephen Rust
      October 2, 2015 at 10:11 am

      I refuse to allow TLC into my house because of the low, base level of programming they put on the air. I don’t trust the channel for any of its shows.

    11. Pat Giles
      October 2, 2015 at 9:29 am

      For goodness sake! When is the madness going to end? I am so sick and tired of this type of programming, and am about ready to cancel cable…AGAIN! I got rid of it at one point for years, and only signed up again for one (clean) show that I liked.

      Exactly why do the “executives / directors” think this type of programming is ok? And WHY would it be on The Learning Channel???

      I am fed up!

    12. John Stewart
      October 2, 2015 at 9:27 am

      We will call your advertisers and see if they want to be associated with this.

    13. Steve Botes
      October 2, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Leave the sex private. I would tend to look poorly on advertisers associated with shows I find offensive. This could become one of them.

    14. Freda
      October 2, 2015 at 9:10 am

      I have always watched TLC and enjoyed the programs and felt they were family friendly. Recently, we have been seeing more shows that aren’t ‘like they used to be’, so have to change channels. Please don’t resort to “Sex in Public” – there is too much of this already! Please, show good topics that are once again ‘Family Friendly’.

    15. Jamie heck
      October 2, 2015 at 9:08 am

      This is wrong needs to be on a paid channel not cable or data lite take this show OFF!!!

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