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Press Release

January 21, 2009

PTC Cautions Parents and Radio Stations About Indecent Britney Spears Song


LOS ANGELES (January 21, 2009) – The Parents Television Council cautioned parents and radio stations across the country about a new Britney Spears song that spells out the “f-word.”  The PTC believes that the song, entitled “If You Seek Amy,” would violate the broadcast indecency law if aired between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.


The song makes repeated use of the following line:  “All of the boys and all of the girls are begging to if you seek Amy.”


“This may sound Yogi Berra-ish, but Britney’s song is a double-entendre with only one meaning.  There is no misinterpreting the lyrics to this song; and it’s certainly not about a girl named Amy,” said PTC President Tim Winter.


“Parents need to be aware of this recording, and radio stations need to be mindful when making their programming decisions.  Program directors should envision parents driving with their children in the car and with the radio on; and use that scenario when deciding when, or even whether, to air this song.  Cable music channels should also consider the presence of young viewers before airing a music video.


“It’s one thing for a song with these lyrics to be included on a CD so that fans who wish to hear it can do so; but it’s an entirely different matter when this song is played over the publicly-owned airwaves, especially at a time when children are likely to be in the listening audience.  The offensive lyrics are integral to the song, making it unlikely the record label will release a ‘clean’ version – unless material and dramatic alterations are made.  Tweaking a word or two would not change the substance of the song and would only serve as a cynical and desperate bid for radio airplay.


“Radio broadcasters need to remember that they have an affirmative, legal duty to abide by the broadcast indecency law.”


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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