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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2010


 

PTC Denounces CBS for New Show, “$#*! My Dad Says”

 

LOS ANGELES (May 20, 2010) – The Parents Television Council™ denounced CBS for choosing to insert an expletive into the name of its new show, “$#*! My Dad Says,” scheduled to air at 8:30 pm ET/PT (7:30 pm CT/MT) on Thursdays in the fall.

 

“CBS intentionally chose to insert an expletive into the actual name of a show, and, despite its claim that the word will be bleeped, it is just CBS’ latest demonstration of its contempt for families and the public.  There are an infinite number of alternatives that CBS could have chosen but its desire to shock and offend is crystal clear in this decision,” said PTC President Tim Winter. 

 

“I ask the defenders of indecency on the public airwaves: How does the v-chip block this one?  Where does this figure into the absurd defense of ‘fleeting’ profanity?  The title of this show is the opposite of fleeting – it is bold, shameless, and in-your-face.   There is incredible irony that CBS made this announcement the same day that it submitted its legal brief before the Third Circuit Court declaring that there was no mens rea to air an indecent Super Bowl broadcast. 

 

“The PTC will not stand silent and allow this program title to become the new accepted norm.

 

“As we did with the broadcasts of ‘Dexter’ and ‘Swingtown,’ the PTC will wage an unrelenting campaign against every network advertiser that chooses to support this program; and in this instance, we will wage an unrelenting campaign against every local advertiser sponsoring the program at the affiliate station level.

 

“We will challenge the broadcast license of every network affiliate that chooses to air the program before 10 pm or that chooses to air a promotion of the program before 10 pm. 

 

“We will also amend our federal court amicus briefs before the various pending court cases to demonstrate for the record the mens rea of the broadcast networks.”

 

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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