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Press Release

April 8, 2008

Parents Lodge Indecency Complaints Over Nudity on “Top Model”


LOS ANGELES (April 8, 2008) – The Parents Television Council™ filed an indecency complaint over CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” for showing a nude model and is encouraging its members to file complaints with the FCC.


The episode showed a model posing fully nude for photographs while lying on a bed.  The nudity was partially blurred.  The episode aired on March 26, 2008, during the so-called “Family Hour” at 8 pm ET/7 pm CT.


“It is irresponsible for the CW Network to air full frontal nudity on the public airwaves at 8:00 pm, and based upon our analysis of the broadcast in question we believe this has crossed the legal threshold for broadcast indecency.  This episode portrays a photo-shoot where the model is entirely naked; and the nudity includes the model’s pubic region in full view, albeit slightly blurred,” said PTC President Tim Winter. 


“This is not simply a matter of artistic freedom, as some might claim.  Rather, this is about a television network intentionally pushing the envelope to establish a new acceptable nudity standard for the broadcast medium.  The entire photo shoot scene, which lasted for more than a minute, is wholly gratuitous and undoubtedly intended to titillate. 


“Sadly, it appears that CW believed this was appropriate content for children given that the show aired during the Family Hour.  Even more children were exposed to this graphic content because of the time it aired.


“Broadcasters have an obligation to abide by decency standards in exchange for free use of the public airwaves.  Parents and families are fed up with such blatant and continued disregard for decency standards, and we encourage our members and anyone else who believe this broadcast crosses the line to lodge an indecency complaint with the FCC.  The public’s voice will not remain silent while networks like CW try to profit from airing indecent content such as this.”


TAKE ACTION! File a formal complaint with the FCC.


To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, 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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