• Disney-owned Viceland Forces Families to Pay for Profanity

    by  • March 16, 2016 • Cable Choice, Profanity • 2 Comments

    The Disney-owned Viceland network premiered a show this past Thursday night titled F*ck, That’s Delicious. Over 70 million Americans who subscribe to cable or satellite TV are forced to subsidize this network – and are forced to see its titles on their channel guides.

    The Disney-owned Viceland network premiered a show this past Thursday night titled F*ck, That’s Delicious. The program aired at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (8:00 p.m. Central/Mountain). Repeat episodes are scheduled at various times throughout the weekend (including on Sunday mornings).

    This show joins other Vice programming with provocative names, such as Balls Deepand Weediquette. Apparently, Vice’s executives believe the only way to attract new viewers is to use profane and/or borderline pornographic imagery, in a desperate bid to make the programs sound far more interesting than they actually are.   

    This has become a minor trend in television of late, joining such other program titles as POP TV’s Schitt’s Creek and CBS’ late and unlamented failure, $#*! My Dad Says. As with those past programs, one must ask why advertisers would want to have their names associated with words like “schitt” and “f*ck.”

    The real problem with Viceland is not that a few network executives’ verbal and intellectual development stopped at the age of 13. It’s that 70 million Americans who subscribe to cable or satellite TV are forced to subsidize this network – and are forced to see its titles on their channel guides.  

    It is also pathetic that owners Disney and Hearst abandoned the History Channel offshoot H2 and replaced it with this dreck, in yet another example of network “rebranding.” Disney has simply decided that shows about marijuana and profanity-spewing rap stars are more important than ones about American history — and subscribers have no choice but to pay for it.

     

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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.

    2 Responses to Disney-owned Viceland Forces Families to Pay for Profanity

    1. Alex
      April 19, 2016 at 11:20 am

      Why do they only cover up one letter? Do they really think kids are that stupid?

      Can someone please explain the logic behind censoring only 1 letter? To me, it looks like pure cowardness.

      • Sam
        July 15, 2016 at 8:40 am

        Agreed. Many of the first writing systems didn’t use any characters to represent vowels. Writing was secondary to speaking and so the writing relied on the reader to know the words by heart.

        gd blss mrca

        With just one vowel in the preceding statement, we can read it. Just like ancient literates could read their language without the vowels.

        “F*ck This” is a way of a person being cowardly. “I said the naughty word but didn’t REALLY say it.”

        Nope. You said it.

        Own it.

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