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Press Release

April 11, 2007

PTC Says Racist and Anti-Semitic Cable Fare Underscores Need for Cable Choice

Victims of Hateful Programming Should Not Be Forced To Underwrite It


LOS ANGELES (April 11, 2007) – The Parents Television Council™ renewed its call for the cable industry to provide true cable choice to consumers so that those who have been offended by the recent spate of racist, sexist and anti-Semitic content are not forced to subsidize such material.  In addition to the recent racist and sexist remarks by MSNBC Host Don Imus, the PTC has seen a growing trend in even more shocking, more graphic and more offensive racist, ethnic and religious attacks on advertiser-supported basic cable programs.


“One of the most tragic ironies of this whole Imus incident is that those who have been most harmed by his insensitive remarks will be forced to underwrite his salary as soon as his two-week suspension is over.  Outraged consumers should have the ability to ‘unsubscribe’ to MSNBC or other offensive cable networks without having to lose their cable subscription entirely,” said PTC™ President Tim Winter.


“The Imus comments are only the latest symptom of a larger and more concerning problem.  There has been a shocking volume of racist and anti-Semitic material guised as ‘comedy’ on advertiser-supported basic cable television.  African-Americans, Mexican-Americans and Jews have been specific targets in recent months.  The PTC has noted the use of the ‘n-word’ over 140 times in the last two years, including 42 utterances of the n-word in one recent episode of South Park alone.


“A number of civil rights groups have recently expressed opposition to cable choice.  We hope that the Imus incident and these other instances of racially insensitive fare on basic cable will encourage a reconsideration of their position.”


To schedule an interview with a PTC representative, please contact Kelly Oliver (ext. 140) or Megan Franko (ext. 148) at (703) 683-5004.

The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.




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