• New Hollywood Reporter Poll Shows Viewers Still Concerned About Sex, Violence & Profanity on TV

    by  • April 8, 2019 • Profanity, Sex, Television, Violence • 0 Comments

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    A major new poll conducted by Hollywood Reporter and Morning Consult shows that the majority of TV viewers share the PTC’s concerns about excessive sex, violence and profanity on TV. Sixty-seven percent of respondents said that general violence is more common on TV today than five years ago; 70% said sex is more common; and 73% agreed that profanity is more common. More than half of respondents said that general violence bothered them some or a lot; 75% said violence against women bothered them some or a lot; 45% said on-screen sex bothered them some or a lot; and 46% said profanity on TV bothered them some or a lot.

    Hollywood wants to convince viewers that if they are uncomfortable with the graphic sex on violence on TV they are part of a prudish minority. They want us to believe they are simply delivering what the market demands and what audiences want. This poll proves otherwise.
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    Ms. Henson is a noted expert on entertainment industry trends and the how the impact of entertainment affects children and the American popular culture at large. She also directs the organization’s Advertiser Accountability Campaign, which encourages companies to sponsor family-friendly entertainment. She previously supervised the research and program content analysis operations of the PT and produced a number of groundbreaking PTC studies that document the levels of graphic sex, violence and profanity on television. Some of those reports include: The Ratings Sham I & II, Dying to Entertain, Faith in a Box, The Sour Family Hour, The Blue Tube, and TV Bloodbath. She began her career with the PTC in 1997 as an entertainment analyst, documenting instances of inappropriate content on television. Ms. Henson has appeared on a variety of television shows including Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, Your World with Neil Cavuto, The Big Story, CNN Headline News’ ShowBiz Tonight, CNBC’s On the Money, MSNBC’s Scarborough Country, and CBN’s Newswatch. She is a frequent guest on radio talk shows across the country and has been quoted extensively in news sources such asEntertainment Weekly, Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, New York Daily News, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Variety, Associated Press, Reuters, and Bloomberg. Ms. Henson is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she received a BA in Government. She resides in Falls Church, Va., with her husband and their son.

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