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Press Release

January 29, 2009

Nip/Tuck Serves Up Sickening Self-Mutilation
PTC Notifies Advertisers, Renews Call for Cable Choice

LOS ANGELES (January 29, 2009) – The Parents Television Council issued an urgent call for cable choice and put advertisers on notice after a graphic self-mutilation scene appeared on the FX Network program Nip/Tuck. The show, which depicted a woman using an electric carving knife to cut off her own breast, aired at 10:00 pm EST (9:00 pm CST/MST) on January 27, 2009.

“Not content with depictions or descriptions of bestiality, incestuous necrophilia, or blood-soaked stabbings, the narcissistic sociopaths behind the production and distribution of Nip/Tuck have chosen to establish yet another low-point in the history of television. Tuesday’s episode portrayed sickening and bloody images of a woman who takes a mastectomy into her own hands in the crowded lobby of a doctor’s office,” PTC President Tim Winter said.


“This program was essentially built on the backs of more than ninety-five million cable subscribers who had no desire to watch but nevertheless are forced to pay FX about ten dollars per year, just so they can get other cable networks into their home. Cable choice is no longer just a consumer-friendly solution that must be made widely available, it’s an absolute necessity for the millions of families who should be able to reject paying for such wanton, callous and malicious programming that is bundled into their monthly cable bill.

“PTC members, parents and other concerned citizens can rest assured that every single advertiser who paid to underwrite this program will be contacted directly by the Parents Television Council and asked whether bloody self-mutilation with an electric carving knife is in alignment with the corporate image they wish to portray. Most Fortune-500 advertisers who have purchased advertising on Nip/Tuck in prior years are no longer doing so, and we believe their rationale is that the program’s content does not reflect well on their corporate brands,” Winter concluded.


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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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