• Parents Demand Ratings Reform!

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    Parents are telling the PTC about their frustration with the inaccuracy of the current TV Content Ratings System.

     

    The PTC frequently receives emails and letters from parents all across the country. In addition to expressing their concern about the amount of sex, foul language, and extreme violence on TV, many parents also tell us about their frustration with the inaccuracy of the current TV Content Ratings System.

     

    Commenting on the season finale of NBC’s previously family-friendly singing competition The Voice, one parent wrote:

     

    I’m almost used to seeing Christina’s breasts hanging out of her shirt, but letting Blake sing an F-you song during the season finale was completely inappropriate. Farrell sat down and read the words to Maroon 5′s “Animals,” Christina’s “Genie In A Bottle,” and Blake’s “Redneck” song. Those songs feature some explicit lyrics. The Voice should have been rated TV-14, not TV-PG!

     

    Another parent wrote about graphic violence being rated safe for teens:

     

    The TV program The 100 airs on The CW network Thursday nights. This show has recently shown graphic scenes of rape, self-mutilation, executions, attempted suicide, crucifixions, waterboarding, and parental abuse. The 100 is rated TV-14, but the content should not be shown under that rating, at least not without a warning at the beginning to prevent the audience from being triggered.

     

    Parents are also deeply troubled by the fact that commercials are not rated. And often, inappropriate, adult-themed ads are placed in programs aimed at and rated as safe for children.

     

    My family was watching a rerun of The Big Bang Theory on TBS, rated TV-PG. During a commercial break, TBS aired a promo for TBS’ new series The Detour, which is rated TV-MA. In the clip, a couple was arguing about the husband’s penis size in front of their two young children. The young boy is playing with a blown-up condom and joking about his father’s penis size with his young sister. The sister says, “You know that’s genetic, right?” and pops the condom.

    This promo should not have been aired during a PG show. Any commercials or promos should be rated PG or G. At the very least, the network should choose commercials that match the rating of the show they are aired on.

     

    Even programs rated TV-Y7 – specifically intended for seven year-olds – show commercials inappropriate for the program’s intended audience.

     

    Alvin and the Chipmunks is a TV-Y7 cartoon on Nick Jr. Recently, they’ve been running an ad for the movie Lost in the West. During the advertisement, a girl punches a guy in the crotch. Nine Lives, another movie Nick Jr. keeps advertising, has a joke about having the cat neutered. The audience that is watching Alvin shouldn’t see or hear jokes about genitals. In fact, there shouldn’t be ANY inappropriate commercials on Nick Jr.!

     

    With such obvious misrating and gross irresponsibility on the part of the networks, it is clear why Ratings Reform is more necessary now than ever. Parents deserve a system that serves their needs…not the financial self-interest of the entertainment industry.

     

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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.

    6 Responses to Parents Demand Ratings Reform!

    1. Pat J
      June 3, 2016 at 8:03 am

      I’m sick and tired of the crap they are promoting as entertainment, especially so-called “family entertainment” from the “Voice on down to the raunchy “Dancing with the Stars”. We need the good old variety shows with singers, magicians, etc. We need to see some REAL talent instead of foul mouthed perversion passed off as entertainment because the writers/producers have nothing good to offer. The commercials are just as bad as the shows they’re supporting.

      • moax429
        June 30, 2016 at 12:05 pm

        That’s for sure, Pat.

        I remember my folks used to watch “The Jackie Gleason Show,” “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and “The Hollywood Palace” in the 60′s when I was just a little kid and when I was a teen in the 70′s we all enjoyed watching “The Carol Burnett Show” on Saturday nights.

        If only shows like the above with *real* talent *would* return.

    2. Patrick Richmond
      June 3, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      I totally agree about the trash on TV. In some countries, they have already banned sex and violence on TV. And it is time for the US to do the same.

    3. Ian
      June 3, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      Speaking of inappropriate, adult-themed ads that are being placed in programs aimed at and rated as safe for children, I’m going to give you another example, as it will be in my response to that part of your article. The same thing happened on the “Peanuts 1960′s DVD Collection” that came out back then in 2009 from “Warner Home Video”, as I will right now be ranting about it! For me, I was about to buy it, right after I was first excited about it, right after I read and heard the first announcement about it on the Internet, but unfortunately, according to what I saw on the review at “dvdizzy.com”, on Disc #1 out of 2 Discs, on the “Trailers” DVD Menu, they put in the trailer for the DVD and Blu-ray releases of the R-Rated movie “Woodstock” (the 1970 rock concert documentary movie, not the yellow bird from the “Peanuts” gang) (the 1970 rock concert documentary movie is “Rated ‘R’” for Drug Content, Nudity and Language)! (GASPING LOUD AND SHOCKINGLY) WHAT???!!! OH, NO!!! Why did “Warner Home Video” have to do this???!!! Why???!!! I find it just ridiculous and offensive that they had to go and do something like that! And as you know that “Rated ‘R’” means that persons under 17 are not allowed! And the “Peanuts” TV Specials are suitable for the whole family! What was “Warner Home Video” thinking???!!! And according to what the synopsis about this DVD collection says at “wbshop.com”, they say: “Timed to release around anniversary of ‘Woodstock Festival’ where ‘Woodstock’ will be the mascot”! WHAT???!!! And also, according to what I saw on the back cover art of this DVD collection at “amazon.com”, those words did not say on the back cover art of this DVD collection! WHAT???!!! “Warner Home Video” should’ve just waited until one year later in 2010 in order to release this particular DVD collection in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the “Peanuts” gang, which was back then at the time! Seriously, “Warner Home Video”???!!! Seriously???!!!

      And also, on Disc #2 out of 2 Discs, on the “Special Features” DVD Menu, they put in the trailer for the DVD release of the TV documentary “You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story”, which used to air back then on “PBS”. That TV documentary included scenes from R-Rated movies, including “Woodstock”! And while that, they included almost the original versions of those scenes with cursing, nudity and bloody violence, and that totally shocked me! And even though they bleeped out the cursing and blacked out the nudity, but unfortunately, they did not black out the bloody violence, in which it totally shocked me, too!

      Now, I’ve got proof right here, if you don’t believe me. Here’s the link to the review at “dvdizzy.com”, so that, you can see for yourself:

      http://www.dvdizzy.com/peanuts-1960s.html

      And also, I have found 2 “YouTube” video clips about what I was mentioning to you about before. And here they are:

      Trailers from “Peanuts 1960′s Collection” 2009 DVD (Disc 1) (from the “Trailers” DVD Menu):

      It has trailers for:

      1. “Woodstock” (the 1970 rock concert documentary movie, not the yellow bird from the “Peanuts” gang, once again) (and once again, the 1970 rock concert documentary movie is “Rated ‘R’” for Drug Content, Nudity and Language) (The user who posted this particular “YouTube” video clip said in the description: “It’s odd that they put a trailer for an ‘R-rated’ movie on a ‘Peanuts’ DVD!” And I have to agree on that!)

      2. “The Jetsons: Season 2, Volume 1″

      And now, once again, here’s the “YouTube” video clip:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLMKix3RmNY

      And now, here’s another “YouTube” video clip:

      The trailer for the DVD release of the TV documentary “You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story”, which used to air back then on “PBS”:

      The same user who also posted this particular other “YouTube” video clip said in the description: “Taken from the 2009 DVD of ‘Peanuts 1960′s Collection’ (Disc 2)” (from the “Special Features” DVD Menu, once again).

      Please notice that the trailer includes some intense and graphic violent scenes from the era of the late-1960′s through today!

      And now, once again, here’s this other “YouTube” video clip:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-0ravMR50E

      And I’m surprised that NOT many parents complained about what I just mentioned to you about before! And unfortunately, there’s still NO replacement disc program for this particular DVD collection, and I DO wish that “Warner Home Video” should either do something like that, or a HUGE possibility by re-releasing this particular DVD collection, with NO re-prints of the original 2009 copies, whatsoever! And as for the first and only current release of this particular DVD collection, AVOID IT AT ALL COSTS!!! And this has been my rant!

      And now, here’s the link for you to E-Mail to “Warner Home Video” to tell them to go back and fix the problem by either doing a replacement disc program, or by re-releasing the DVD collection, with NO re-prints of the original 2009 copies, whatsoever:

      http://www.wbshop.com/category/customer+service/contact+us.do

      Call “Warner Home Video” at:

      866-373-4389

      Write to:

      Warner Home Video
      4000 Warner Blvd.
      Burbank, CA 91522

      And this will be my message to “Warner Home Video”. And the same thing from you, too. Tell them:

      “‘Warner Home Video’, FIX THE PROBLEM!!!”

    4. Robert
      June 4, 2016 at 1:04 am

      These examples further prove changes need to be made.

    5. john
      July 13, 2016 at 5:09 am

      I am tired of all the male genitalia in movies, up close shots like in Bruno & hall pass and now even erect ones like in spy and the night before, but they never show actual female genitalia. I think it is degrading to men. If it were reversed I am sure woman would be upset. I guess in today’s society it is ok to degrade men but not woman.

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