So You Think You Can Rate a TV Show?
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Is a constant barrage of sexual content and
sexual language appropriate for ten-year-olds? Would it be appropriate to show
a cell phone video message of two people having sex to a ten-year-old -- and
then discuss how to post it on the internet? Most parents would agree that this
content is not appropriate for children, but apparently the entertainment
industry believes otherwise.
The August 3rd episode of Greek was
littered with sexual behavior and discussions that would be questionable even
for a teen. Aside from the cell phone sex video that is constantly discussed
and frequently shown, sexual references are also a topic of discussion. Take
this exchange between Casey and her ex-boyfriend Cappie:
Cappie: "Nothing starts the day off right like
that first cup of Joe. After all, your first is always the best, don’t you
agree? The one that's most special?"
Casey: "The one you can never avoid."
Cappie: "The one you can never forget."
Cappie is referring to the fact that he and
Casey had their first sexual encounter together. But the scene gets worse. One
of Cappie’s fraternity brothers, nicknamed “The Beaver,” enters the
Beaver: "You guys are way too into your
coffee. Pardon. I spy a tasty morning muffin."
[Beaver then walks over to Rebecca.]
Beaver: "Top of the morning, muffin."
What is the most offensive about this content
is that both the term “beaver” and “muffin” are commonly used vulgar slang for a
part of the female anatomy, and they are deliberately used to emphasize the
sexual nature of the conversation.
Later in the show, Casey devises a plan to get
the Kappa Taus extremely drunk so that they lose the floor hockey match against
her boyfriend’s fraternity, the Omega Chis. Casey announces to her sisters that
her plan “guarantees that the Omega Chis win the game. But it's not going to be
easy. It is going to require that you wear the sexiest, sluttiest, sweetest
outfits you own."
The Zeta Beta Zeta sisters then dress up in
skimpy outfits that emphasize their cleavage along with short skirts and go to
the Kappa Tau house. The Zeta sisters then proceed to flirt with the Kappa
brothers and ply them with alcohol until they all pass out.
The rating of TV-PG SDL suggests that this kind
of content is appropriate for children as long as there is parental guidance.
Does the entertainment industry really believe that constant sexual slang
and dialogue, sex scenes, binge drinking, partying, and women using their
sexuality to manipulate men is appropriate viewing for children? The content in
this past week’s episode of Greek warrants at least the TV-14
rating, if not the “S” and “D” descriptors in addition. If Greek’s
content is only rated TV-PG SDL, one can only wonder what would warrant the
TV-14 SDL rating.