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The Knights of Prosperity on ABC (9:30
Rating: TV-PG DL
The August 8th
episode of ABC’s comedy The Knights of Prosperity was grossly
underrated. In this episode the program’s only female character, Esperanza,
uses her sexuality to lure Ray Romano away from his apartment while the Knights
attempt to rob it. As the robbery goes horribly awry (as the Knights’ plans
always do), Esperanza tries to seduce Ray Romano into sleeping with her at a
hotel so the Knights don’t get caught:
always dreamed of sleeping with you."
Esperanza: "But not
here! It must be in a fancy hotel in mid-town."
Ray: "Are you one
of those professional sex ladies?"
Esperanza: "I'm a
dancer by night, waitress by day."
to be Esperanza’s brother, enters the conversation]
Eugene: "Hooray! I
see you've met my sister, Natasha."
Ray: "Alright, now
I'm in crazy town."
Esperanza: "I must
Ray: "What are you
talking about? You don't want to sleep with me."
than anything in this world."
we must talk."
Later, Eugene tries
to talk Esperanza out of sleeping with Ray, but Esperanza reassures Eugene it is
for the good of the group:
Esperanza: "For the
good of the Knights of Prosperity, I will give my body to Everybody Loves
back over to Ray Romano:
take me now, in a fancy hotel in mid-town."
Ray: "Don't you see
how wrong this is? Don't you realize that?"
Esperanza: "I will
do special things..."
dressed to look like a prostitute, wearing a short mini skirt, feather boa, and
revealing skirt. For Esperanza, this is out of character -- she is dressed this
way solely to emphasize the sexual nature of the discussion. Esperanza goes to
a hotel with Romano, where the sexual discussion continues:
Ray: "This is
exactly what's wrong with show business. This is just plain wrong. Should I
sit in the chair or should I get right in the bed?"
Esperanza: "I would
like to freshen up my private areas first."
alright. Mine are pretty much ready to go."
This kind of
dialogue surely warrants more than a PG-rating. A female character using her
sexuality to prevent her friends from being caught engaging in criminal behavior
is not appropriate for young viewers. Would a ten-year-old girl understand
that using sex to get out of trouble is not a good way to solve problems?
Probably not. Though Romano repeatedly states that Esperanza wanting to sleep
with him is “wrong,” he still is clearly prepared to take her up on her offer.
The above dialogue,
along with the rest of the episode’s criminal and sexual content, shows that
this program is not suitable for children under 14. The August 8th
9:30 p.m. EST episode of The Knights of Prosperity should have been rated
TV-14 for its intense discussion of promiscuous sexual behavior -- behavior that
was glorified and validated because it was “for the good of the group.”
If you agree that
this program was inadequately rated, please write to the TV ratings advisory
firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know that the TV
ratings once again failed to adequately warn parents about inappropriate
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