• ABC Pushing Profanity in New Online Shows

    by  • July 22, 2016 • Internet Safety, Profanity • 1 Comment

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    Intended for smartphones, these unfiltered programs pull no punches on language.

    Recently, ABC launched a new line of five- to seven-minute long TV shows, available on the internet and intended to be watched on smartphones. But the Disney-owned network’s new programs show a distinct lack of concern for the many young viewers who may be watching.

    “‘You f***ed us, Ty Burrell!’ is the opening line of the first episode of Boondoggle — and the f-bomb isn’t bleeped out. In case you missed it, the line gets repeated a few minutes later,” notes media website ReCode. The entertainment industry’s usual response to parental concerns has been to say “use the V-Chip” or “do your job and be a parent.” But smartphones don’t have a V-Chip; and of course parents are totally unable to be with their children every second of every minute of every day, looking over their shoulders and seeing what they watch on their phone.

    By producing profanity-soaked content and dumping it on the web unfiltered, Disney is acting irresponsibly toward the millions of teens and children who use smartphones.

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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.

    One Response to ABC Pushing Profanity in New Online Shows

    1. sara
      July 30, 2016 at 1:31 am

      Maybe the reason why the swearing wasn’t filtered out is because these are online shows meaning ABC doesn’t have to abide by the same rules as they would on TV! Perhaps if the FCC over-saw online shows then things would be different!

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