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Press Release

October 27, 2009


PTC: Kudos to Microsoft for Ditching Seth MacFarlane Special

LOS ANGELES (October 27, 2009) – The Parents Television Council® praised Microsoft for pulling its sponsorship of an upcoming Fox special featuring Seth MacFarlane, creator of “Family Guy” and source of some the most offensive content on the broadcast airwaves. Variety reported that Microsoft decided against supporting the show due to content concerns after viewing a taping that included jokes about topics such as the Holocaust and incest. The “Almost Live Comedy Show” was slated to air commercial-free on November 8 with Windows 7 marketing throughout to help promote the new operating system.

“The Parents Television Council praises Microsoft for waking up to the risk that was posed to its brand by serving as sole sponsor for a Seth MacFarlane special. The content on MacFarlane’s ‘Family Guy,’ ‘American Dad,’ and now the ‘The Cleveland Show’ every week on Fox should be more than enough evidence to make responsible advertisers head for the hills. The presumption that a Seth MacFarlane special would be any less offensive is simply naïve,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Microsoft deserves the thanks of PTC members, parents and families across the country for putting corporate responsibility first and recognizing the integral role that sponsors play in determining what content comes into our living rooms,” Winter said.

“Other companies that are considering sponsoring the show in Microsoft’s place should be reminded that they will have to answer to their customers for the content they help put on the public airwaves,” Winter concluded.

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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