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Press Release

November 15, 2011


PTC Calls Out Microsoft for Underwriting Explicit TV Programs 


SEATTLE (November 15, 2011) – The Parents Television Council® attended the Microsoft shareholder meeting today to urge the company to use its television advertising dollars more responsibly. Graphic episodes of Fox’s “Allen Gregory,” CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” and MTV’s “The Hard Times of RJ Berger,” among others, have all featured Microsoft advertisements.

Peter Wick III, Seattle grassroots chapter director for the Parents Television Council, attended the meeting, but was denied an opportunity to speak. After the meeting, he met with Bill Koefoed, general manager of investor relations at Microsoft, who requested his prepared remarks in writing so Microsoft could follow up. Excerpts from Mr. Wick’s prepared remarks are below.

“I wish to bring your attention to television shows Microsoft has supported with its advertising budget, and what we as shareholders have helped air with our investment dollars.

“Recently, Microsoft sponsored an episode of the show ‘Allen Gregory,’ where Allen, a seven-year-old cartoon character, attempts to make a sex tape with his elementary school principal. Allen is heard describing sex in one scene and fantasizes about having sex with his principal in another.

“Microsoft has also sponsored an episode of ‘Two and a Half Men,’ where one of the characters receives a penis pump in the mail, and then gives it to his teenage son because the teen feels inadequate about his manhood.

“Another show sponsored by Microsoft was an episode of ‘The Hard Times of RJ Berger.’ The show’s central character is RJ Berger, a 15-year-old who has an exceptionally large penis. In this episode, RJ’s father, Rick, and his best friend encourage RJ to have ‘birthday sex.’ His father even offers to pay for a motel room for RJ and his girlfriend.

“Microsoft has also sponsored and placed advertisements on many other television shows that consisted of explicit sexual humor and profanity, such as ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ ‘The Cleveland Show,’ ‘Family Guy,’ ‘Glenn Martin, DDS,’ and ‘American Dad.’

“Exposure to graphic violence, explicit sex and profanity on television is unhealthy for children in their social and emotional development. Microsoft may not have produced these shows, but their advertising dollars support this content, which makes it possible for these types of programs to air in our homes, and accessible for children to watch, especially cartoon-based shows.

“According to a Harris Poll, ‘Twenty-seven percent of Americans say they did not purchase a certain brand because they did not like a program or event sponsored by the brand.’ I say to the Microsoft executives and shareholders, let’s not give people this reason to avoid purchasing Microsoft products and services, or investing in this great company.

“I plead with you on behalf of millions of Americans to bring higher standards to Microsoft’s advertising practices.”

To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Megan Franko at (703) 859-5054 or Liz Krieger at (703) 683-5004 ext. 120.

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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