FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2008
PTC, Enough is Enough, National Congress of Black Women, and Industry Ears Praise Cancellation of BETís Rap City
LOS ANGELES (October 9, 2008) Ė The Parents Television
Council, the Enough is Enough Campaign for Corporate
Responsibility, the National Congress of Black Women, and
Industry Ears jointly praised the announcement that BET has
cancelled the music video show, Rap City. This move
comes on the heels of a recent announcement that BET
President Reginald Hudlin resigned.
Earlier this year, the PTC, in partnership with the Enough
is Enough Campaign, undertook a research study regarding
BETís and MTVís daytime music video programming. The study
concluded that as recently as March 2008, children who
watched BETís Rap City and 106 & Park and
MTVís Sucker Free on MTV were bombarded with adult
content - sexual, violent, profane or obscene - once every
38 seconds. PTC and the Enough is Enough Campaign announced
the findings of the study at the National Press Club in
Washington DC with the participation of Industry Ears and
the National Congress of Black Women.
The following is a joint statement by PTC President Tim
Winter; Enough is Enough Campaign Founder Dr. Delman Coates;
National Congress of Black Women Chair Dr. E. Faye Williams;
and Industry Ears Co-Founder Paul Porter:
ďWe are heartened by the recent changes at BET, and we are
gratified that our collective efforts were a catalyst for
this positive change. It is apparent that our voices were
heard by the public, by the corporate sponsors who
underwrite television programming and by BET network
executives. Parents across this country want a cessation of
marketing harmful, graphic and offensive images to children.
But let us be clear about our goal: we are not trying to get
a particular show cancelled or a particular executive fired.
Rather, our goal is a reduction in the harmful and offensive
messages on BET and MTV programming Ė especially when the
programs are targeted at children. We have called for the
networks to take responsibility for their products, and this
programís cancellation is evidence of a step in the right
To see more results from the BET/MTV study, please visit
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.