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By Katherine Kuhn


The Hills on MTV (10:00 p.m. ET)

Rating: TV-PG


Imagine going to the hardware store and purchasing an item that promises to make your home safer for children. Now imagine that the item you just purchased was defective. What would you do?  Any responsible parent would return that item and demand their money back. But millions of parents are being forced to purchase an item that has consistently failed them—cable channels with inaccurate ratings.


The entertainment industry would have consumers believe that the TV ratings system is adequately applied and protects children from unsuitable material; but time and time again children are subjected to material that parents could not have stopped even if the V-Chip was properly used.


Take the September 3rd episode of The Hills. MTV rated this show TV-PG, meaning that parental guidance is suggested. There is no indication of what is to come—a barrage of foul language that was merely muted. The words were clearly discernable. They weren’t even bleeped nor were the speaker’s lips blurred:


Justin: "Who [muted ‘fucking’] cares? Why do they [muted ‘fucking’] care? It actually pisses me off. Because when something's working you don't [muted ‘fuck’] it up by throwing labels or doing stupid [muted ‘shit’] like throwing a ring on your finger.  Because society or friends said so.  So you know what?  [Muted ‘Fuck’] them.  Literally. I don't give a [muted ‘shit’]."


Wow.  In mere seconds, viewers are subjected to four muted “f” words, two muted “s” words, one “piss” -- and the ratings never reflected that.  The entertainment industry wants consumers to believe that the ratings system works, but clearly there was nothing correct about the rating for this episode of The Hills.


What’s even worse is that cable consumers are not only forced to pay for shows featuring foul language like this, but families must also pay for shows that are consistently misrated.


If you agree that this program was inadequately rated, please write to the TV ratings advisory board at tvomb@usa.net and let them know that the TV ratings once again failed to adequately warn parents about inappropriate content.    


For more information about the TV ratings, please visit http://www.tvguidelines.org/contact.asp


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