• PTC Urges ABC to Remove Profanity from Show Title

    by  • December 6, 2016 • ABC, Profanity • 6 Comments

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    The PTC is urging ABC to reconsider using profanity in the title of a TV show in development, “Holy Sh*t.”

    “ABC’s primetime programs have become a home for explicit, vulgar, and sexualized language, and this new show’s title is yet more evidence that Disney-owned ABC is going in the wrong direction,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

    “Beyond whether the vulgar title would run afoul of the broadcast indecency law, it’s absurd that ABC would even consider exposing children to this explicit program title. While parents may steer their family viewing away from the program itself, the title would appear on program guides, marketing materials, and in network promos when families are watching other ABC programming.

    “Surely, ABC should have learned from experience that using profanity in a show title won’t ensure a program’s financial success. ABC and CBS have each attempted to use profanity in a program title and both attempts resulted in advertiser embargoes, and in only one season of each of those shows.

    “With ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey saying just last week that ‘in recent history we haven’t paid enough attention to some of the true realities of what life is like for everyday Americans in our dramas,’ we have to wonder why ABC would immediately alienate those families with this show title.

    “ABC should immediately change the title in order to protect children from this explicit language.”

    A new PTC study found that ABC had the largest number of instances of profanity and sexualized language said by children, with 81 instances of profanity and 42 instances of sexual dialogue in the period. In part, this is because ABC airs the most programs about families, particularly family-themed situation comedies.

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    6 Responses to PTC Urges ABC to Remove Profanity from Show Title

    1. Jonathan
      December 7, 2016 at 7:47 am

      I hope they keep it. No one should have to be censored just because some group doesn’t like it.

    2. Justin
      December 9, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      ABC’s new president, Channing Dungey, recently said many ABC programs appeal to “well-to-do, well-educated people, who are driving very nice cars and living in extremely nice places.” I think she WAY, WAY overestimates the value of ABC’s trashy shows. They’re not HBO (which is even trashier, but at least people have to pay 15 bucks a month for it, so you could argue higher income people are probably watching it) as much as they want to be and are trying to be.

      What happened to the chick at ABC who tried to make “The Muppets” slightly more family friendly last year? I guess the “Holy Sh*t” show slipped past her.

      BTW Dungey, I’m one of those highly educated, well-to-do folks living in an “extremely” nice place. I haven’t found a single ABC show appealing in years. I’m more into family-friendly CBS and even NBC shows like “American Ninja Warrior” (family friendly AND encourages exercise!). The catch is I’m 36, not married, and don’t have kids.

      • Jonathan
        December 12, 2016 at 1:22 pm

        You do know that not everything single show needs to be family friendly and what you may not considered to be family friendly other families? My family watches “The Goldbergs” every week and guess what it’s a family friendly show by ABC.

        Also “The Muppets” was perfect until people like you decided to complain. Even the original Muppets had plenty of adult humor mixed in.

    3. Will
      December 10, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      You all need to get over the fact that your precious children might see something inappropriate. If it’s such a big deal to you then don’t have a tv in your house. Don’t ruin all of television with censorship. Haven’t YOU learned that censorship isnt received very well. In fact the same amendment that allows freedom of speech allows this organization to exist. Have a nice day c:

      • Bobby
        December 13, 2016 at 12:33 am

        Some of us find entertainment industry wholesome programs

    4. Internet Passerby
      December 16, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Hello I stumbled across this website on a google search for a show I very much enjoy called “Archer” and I would like to share my story, I was raised in a house with few television restrictions, my parents were very good at educating me on various things on tv which I should not do or say in real life, like if I heard a curse word on tv not to say it, and I was told what words were curse words obviously. I started watching family guy when I was 9 years old, and guess what? 9 years later I’m completely fine, I never had an outburst of things that are inappropriate for children to say and I even picked up some comical kid friendly humor that is actually quite frequent in adult shows just by joking about regular everyday situations. Don’t keep your kids I’m the dark about things and they will be fine. Throughout the 9 years since I started watching family guy I found how much I enjoy the humor and plot of many of these adult cartoons, they don’t poison and corrupt people like you think they do, and if you still think that then just use parental block on programming above PG because all of the adult situations happen from PG and up. Also don’t be afraid to let the leash loose about age 13 because your kids are just gonna hear about it from kids at school. P.S. There’s about a 60% chance your kid has already been exposed to internet porn if they are above the age of 7

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