Last year MTV sent out a casting call for young adults (ages 18-25) who were on the verge of losing their virginity to appear on a new reality series, reports the Daily Mail. This, from the same network that gave us “Teen Mom,” “16 and Pregnant,” “Jersey Shore,” “The Real World,” “Skins,”...Read more →
The PTC has long warned audiences about the corrosive influence of radio “shock-jock” Howard Stern. In the June 3rd issue of TV Guide Stern boasted of his role a judge on an NBC reality show: “The best part of America’s Got Talent is that appeals to the base instincts of us all.”Read more →
The ease with which one can access hardcore pornography on the Internet has become a standard joke in the popular culture… but it’s not funny when innocent young children are being exposed to sexually explicit imagery. The push in schools and elsewhere to get...Read more →
“The dirty little secret at MTV is that their demo is not 22-year-old college students. Their demo is 12, 13-year-old kids, 14-year-old boys and girls who are often home alone and unsupervised.” — Rachel Campos-Duffy, a cast member on MTV’s The Real World: San Francisco (CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, January 21,2011) Read more →
The UK’s Telegraph recently reported concerns raised by Equity, the union representing actors, about actors being asked to strip down for casting sessions due to the increased presence of sexual content and nudity on television.Read more →
After Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives, Girls, Girlfriends, Cashmere Mafia, Hot in Cleveland, Pretty Little Liars, Golden Girls, Designing Women, Sisters… what TV has really been lacking is more shows about four girlfriends, “each on her own path to self-discovery.” So ABC is giving us Mistresses.
Although the female foursome has been done, and...Read more →
In the sex-obsessed world of TV, the sex topic du jour on TV is virginity.
Recent plot lines on Game of Thrones, Mad Men, and New Girl have centered around characters’ first sexual encounters, chastity vows, and a man confiding to a date that he has never had sex.
Though superficially this may seem like a positive development...Read more →
Culturally, the first decade of the 21st century may be remembered primarily for adding “sexting” to our lexicon, for the mainstreaming of pornography, and for trashy reality TV shows where sex is treated like a competitive sport; but the backlash is building.
A recent story in the UK’s Sunday Times indicates that sex...Read more →
In the wake of his offensive and hopelessly lowbrow performance at the Oscar Awards ceremony this year, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s misogyny has earned him rebukes from everyone from The New Yorker magazine, to the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, to actresses Jane Fonda, Geena Davis,...Read more →
A little girl is sexually molested by a cult leader. A woman is strangled by a psychotic who stalks her. A little boy is kidnapped, a man and woman are tortured, a half-dozen police officers are shot down. Is this content appropriate for 14 year olds?
Fox thinks so.
And this is just a sampling of...Read more →
Seth MacFarlane has built a career on programs that wallow in misogyny and anti-Semitism; joke about violence against women, rape, pedophilia, incest, and bestiality; and even ridiculing children with disabilities.
Knowing this, the Academy still chose to invite MacFarlane to host the 2013 Academy Awards, where he proceeded to offend and outrage millions of viewers...Read more →
Once, the Academy Awards were a truly national event – a time when many families (including children) gathered in front of the TV to watch Hollywood’s best and brightest receive well-deserved accolades for providing quality entertainment. Sadly, for well over a decade (and likely longer), those days have been gone. Today, the Motion Picture...Read more →
From 1998 through 2004, the premium cable network HBO showed the drama Sex and the City. The program was met with unquestioning hosannas from the entertainment industry and critical establishment, particularly for the way it’s four female protagonists treated sex: spewing four-letter words and going to bed with any man who came along, then getting...Read more →