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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2007


PTC Calls Las Vegas Episode with Explicit Stripping Scene Indecent

 

LOS ANGELES (December 14, 2007) – The Parents Television Council™ is calling on its members to file complaints with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about an indecent episode of NBC’s Las Vegas  that aired on November 30 at 9:00 p.m. in the Central and Mountain Time zones and at 10:00p.m. in the Eastern and Pacific Time zones.  The episode that was viewed by hundreds of thousands of children included a side camera shot of a stripper exposing her breasts.  As if that were not offensive enough, the men watching her wagered money about the color of her nipples.

NBC brazenly thumbed its nose at the broadcast decency law with the November 30 episode of Las Vegas.  It’s been nearly two years since the FCC handed out fines against a television station for violating federal broadcast decency laws– a fact that has not escaped the notice of broadcasters.  This season all of the broadcast networks have upped the ante by introducing increasingly outrageous, explicit and indecent sexual content,” said Tim Winter, president of the PTC.


We’re asking the public and all of our members to contact NBC and the sponsors who paid for this outrageous content.  I look forward to receiving an explanation from each advertiser who thought it was appropriate to associate its hard-earned brand with men wagering on the skin tone of a woman’s nipples.  Additionally, we are asking members of the public who live in the Central and Mountain Time zones where Las Vegas airs at 9:00 p.m. to file formal indecency complaints with the FCC.

 

“The executives and writers at NBC continually barrel past the line of common sense decency in creating storylines for Las Vegas and yet this episode managed to reach a new low. As long as the broadcast industry refuses to monitor itself, the PTC will continue to call on the American public and their public servants to speak out against the abuse of the public airwaves and request swift action from the FCC,” concluded Winter.

 

 A description of the content and a brief video clip can be found here.

 

TAKE ACTION! Register your complaint with NBC, its affiliates, and the sponsors who paid for the November 30th episode of Las Vegas.

TAKE ACTION!
If you live in the Central or Mountain time zones, file a formal complaint with the FCC.

 

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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