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Press Release

December 26, 2007

PTC Exposes the Ugly Truth About FFPF Pick for Family Television Award


LOS ANGELES (December 26, 2007) – The Parents Television Council™ criticized the Family Friendly Programming Forum (FFPF) for awarding ABC’s Ugly Betty with its Family Television Award for Outstanding Comedy.  The awards ceremony will air December 27 at 9 pm EST on The CW Network.


“Nearly a decade ago, the FFPF took up the noble charge of developing television shows that could be enjoyed by a family audience; and it did so with great success.  While we appreciate that Ugly Betty was designed to be a family-friendly viewing alternative and was presented as such to the ABC television network, the program’s content standards have careened off its original course so that now it is clearly not appropriate for a family audience.  It seems wholly irresponsible for the FFPF to present the direct opposite of a family-friendly show with a prestigious award that deems it appropriate for families,” said PTC President Tim Winter.


During the first season of Ugly Betty, the PTC recorded 205 instances sexual content and 154 instances of foul language.  The PTC has also recorded scenes from the program which implied oral sex, references to genital size, pornography, strippers, anal sex, threesomes, kinky and fetishistic behavior, transsexuals, statutory rape, S&M and partial nudity.  Foul language in Ugly Betty frequently includes words like “piss,” “bitch,” “son of a bitch,” “ass,” “screw,” and “bastard.”


Winter continued, “How is this family entertainment?  Is this the type of family programming intended when the FFPF lent its resources, its sweat, and its brand equity to the development of this program?


“The PTC places great value and importance on our relationships with the FFPF and its member-corporations.  But at the same time, we cannot stand by silently as Ugly Betty receives recognition with the Family Television Award for Outstanding Comedy.  With Forum members’ ad spending representing more than thirty percent of all broadcast spending, the FFPF must act responsibly and use its media weight to exercise its content clout in the marketplace.  Its members must not use their association with the FFPF as ‘cover’ to then underwrite television content that conflicts with their hard-earned family brands.  And perhaps most importantly for FFPF members, they must not allow a program that the FFPF developed to become the antithesis of what it was intended to be,” said Winter.


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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