The PTC since 1995 has found and encouraged all kinds of things and issues to complain and protest about. From Sex on TV, to violence in Video Games, Porn, and every little thing that is CLEARLY made for ADULTS to enjoy, there is seldom a time you won’t hear from them.
This time they have turned their attention to this year’s MTV VMA’s. As it turns out, they didn’t really like the performances of Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus, or all the commercials that were aired this past Sunday (8/25).
I have their complaint as it appears on their Website:
LOS ANGELES (August 26, 2013) – The Parents Television Council issued the following statement in response to last evening’s MTV Video Music Awards (VMA).
“MTV has once again succeeded in marketing sexually charged messages to young children using former child stars and condom commercials — while falsely rating this program as appropriate for kids as young as 14. This is unacceptable,” said PTC Director of Public Policy Dan Isett.
“This much is absolutely clear: MTV marketed adults-only material to children while falsely manipulating the content rating to make parents think the content was safe for their children.
“MTV continues to sexually exploit young women by promoting acts that incorporate ‘twerking’ in a nude-colored bikini. How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds?
“How is it appropriate for children to watch Lady Gaga strip down to a bikini in the opening act?
“How is it appropriate for 14-year-olds to see a condom commercial and a promo for an R-rated movie during the first commercial break?
“This content would likely not be given a forum if it were on a broadcast network. Yet MTV continues to push limits because it’s a cable network. But that does not mean MTV’s decisions have no consequences, especially for the millions of children who were targeted by MTV.
PTC Advisory Board Member and former BET Executive Paul Porter said, “The Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke performance simply substituted talent with sex. Viacom has a set of corporate broadcast standards that were obviously broken in this case for financial gain. While the performance was shocking to the audience, MTV approved it during the show run prior to the broadcast. Heads should roll at MTV.”
That last part: “Heads should roll at MTV” – Not gonna happen. The Nielsen Ratings for the VMA’s was UP 60% from the year before, the only thing that’s going to be rolling at MTV, is the advertising money into the network, most likely for next years VMA’s.
I also noticed an interesting bit in the statement:
We urge Congress to pass the Television Consumer Freedom Act which will give parents and consumers a real solution for future MTV VMA programs – the ability to choose and pay for cable networks that they want vs. having to pay for networks they don’t want. After MTV’s display last night, it’s time to give control back to consumers,”
While it would be nice to be able to pick what channels I want and have interest in seeing in my channel lineup, it STILL won’t solve the “problem” the PTC claims exists.
As was stated in PTC’s douche-y whining, The programming was rated as TV-14, and as it turns out EVERYONE seems to have forgotten what the TV-14 rating even means anymore.
So, here is the definition of the TV-14 rating as taken from the TV Guidelines Website, http://www.tvguidelines.org/ratings.htm (Focus Points I’ve highlighted in red):
Parents Strongly Cautioned
This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age. Parents are strongly urged to exercise greater care in monitoring this program and are cautioned against letting children under the age of 14 watch unattended. This program may contain one or more of the following: intensely suggestive dialogue (D), strong coarse language (L), intense sexual situations (S), or intense violence (V).
So as you can see, the problem isn’t really the VMA’s, the performances at the VMA’s, or even the MTV Network – the problem is with THE PARENTS.
This is a recurring issue that is happening way to often with just about anything that is made DIRECTLY FOR ADULTS TO ENJOY, but that’s a whole other topic to discuss. Let’s keep the focus on the issue at hand: Parents getting up in arms over a TV show that doesn’t have content suitable for kids, despite the fact the rating for the show clearly tells you what you are getting into.
Too many parents are turning that part of their brain that controls common sense off, thus resulting in these ridiculous outbursts. The VMA’s have had sexually charged performances for years now, so why act like this is a new thing? It’s not. For a parent to think that a TV Network which has over the last 20-odd years, aired content that is clearly never been for kids, would actually and suddenly air a program for kids to watch, is like putting the DVD of the R-Rated version of Digital Playgrounds “Pirates”, into your blu-ray player, in the hopes that with all the edits and cropping done to it, will be suitable for your Kids to watch.
Spoiler Alert: Both versions of that movie, will NEVER be suitable for kids AT ALL. Don’t do it.
The TV and Radio Networks in the US, let alone around the world are in the business of entertaining TV viewers – it’s their bread and butter, and the majority of people who watch TV are ADULTS, not kids, hence the existence of the 18-35 key demo. While there are networks tailored to entertaining kids, the parents are into watching content made for them, and for some reason are not able to make the connection that the content THEY enjoy, isn’t really suitable for their offspring’s impressionable minds.
This is what a gross lack of Common Sense and rational thought looks like.
So, how does a parent solve this “problem”? Believe it or not, there really is no need to pass legislation, or file a compliant to the FCC. There is no need to boycott a TV Network – in fact, there are TWO solutions to this problem:
- Change the channel, or
- Turn the TV off.
Yes, that’s right. You see, if the parents or the kiddies are watching something that they don’t like, or might be too much to watch, just change the channel, or turn the TV off and find something else to do.
That is the purpose of the TV remote: to change channels, adjust the volume, and turn the TV on or off. It amazes me how many people have forgotten that.
Unlike passing a Bill through congress, it can be done in an instant, and it’s free – how could you not like that? Who wouldn’t like that? Who wouldn’t enjoy applying that idea to this “major problem”?
The Parents Television Council, that’s who.
In closing, if you are a parent or are friends with someone who is, and you or they see a program that isn’t something kids should be watching, or the show has a part that in it they shouldn’t watch, just do one or both of the things I mentioned above.
The only time Common Sense really works, is when you actually USE IT.