FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13, 2012
PTC Writes the TV
Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board Regarding the Misrating of The
Tim Winter urges
Board to reconsider the inaccurate age-based rating
LOS ANGELES (December 13, 2012) – This week Parents Television
Council President Tim Winter wrote to former Senator Gordon Smith,
Chairman of the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board urging the
organization to address the blatant misrating of the AMC program The
“Throughout its run, the AMC program The Walking Dead has featured
some of the most graphic and brutally intense violence and gore
imaginable. In the current season alone the show has depicted
hundreds of scenes of grisly murder both of living and “undead,” but
human, characters. The intensely violent content has included
depictions of the cleaving of human skulls with a machete, extreme
gun violence including graphic depictions of blood and brains
splattering after gunshot wounds, and the use of a sharpened human
bone as a weapon to stab another character,” wrote PTC President Tim
“The program also has contained numerous instances of crude indecent
language, including the unedited use of the word “shit” as well as
many other instances of foul language.
“Clearly, this is content appropriate to an adult-only audience, but
AMC has rated every single episode of The Walking Dead as suitable
for a 14 year old child.
“PTC members from around the country have sent thousands of letters
to AMC asking them to reconsider the inaccurate age-based rating it
has assigned to the program, but with no response. Therefore, on
behalf of our better than 1.3 million members, we call on you and
the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board to immediately take any
necessary steps to insure that this program is rated accurately,
appropriately and for the audience for which the show is designed.
For the TV Ratings system to work as it is designed, the board and
you as its chairman can do no less,” concluded Winter.
PTC awaits Senator Smith and the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring
Board’s reply so they may inform members and the public that parents
can count on the TV Ratings system to help them make the best
viewing decisions for their families.
To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council,
please contact Liz Krieger at (703) 683-5004 ext. 120
or Katie Glenn at (703) 683-5004, ext. 144.
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.