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Press Release

December 2, 2011


PTC Celebrates Removal of 'Allen Gregory'

Program with Sexually-Aggressive Seven-Year-Old Never Should Have Aired

LOS ANGELES (December 2, 2011) - The Parents Television Council™ celebrated the removal of 'Allen Gregory' from Fox's upcoming broadcast schedule and thanked advertisers who responded to its concerns over the programís graphic content. Fox announced that beginning January 15, the Sunday evening program will be replaced by "Napoleon Dynamite."

The title character in Fox's animated 'Allen Gregory' is a pushy, egotistical seven-year-old boy who drinks alcohol, engages in graphic sexual fantasies centered on his school principal, boasts about a sex tape, and uses harsh profanity. Following the
show's premiere episode, PTC executed a behind-the-scenes advertiser campaign to communicate the deplorable /span>content that the sponsors were supporting. The program also earned PTC's "worst TV show of the week" label twice.

"With so many horrific news reports of children allegedly being sexually exploited by teachers and school administrators, we roundly condemn a television program like 'Allen Gregory' that makes light of a seven-year-old child's aggressive sexual pursuit of his school principal. We are thrilled that this program does not appear on the Fox midseason schedule, and we applaud all the sponsors who shared our concern and chose to shift their media dollars elsewhere. We hope the economic pressure led Fox to a quicker replacement of the program, which never should have graced the public airwaves," said PTC President Tim Winter.

"Even with 'Allen Gregory' being replaced in Fox's lineup, we have noted a disturbing pattern of child sexualization across the network's 'Animation Domination' block of Sunday shows. Regardless of whether the writers claim the 'humor' is intended for adults, kids are instinctively drawn to cartoons and Nielsen data prove it. Even 'Glee' is now glamorizing a sexual relationship between student and teacher. Advertisers who support such content will continue to hear from the PTC and its members and will be asked whether they are purposely linking their brands to the sexualization of children," Winter concluded.

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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