So You Think You Can Rate a TV Show?
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Rating: TV-14 LVD
Anyone who has ever had the
misfortune of watching the NBC drama Las Vegas would probably agree that
it isn’t the scintillating plots or the brilliant acting that keeps fans coming
back so much as a guaranteed flesh-fest every week. But the episode that aired
November 30th, 2007 delivered much more than the usual feast of
perfectly toned abs and thighs -- without its rating being flagged with an
S-descriptor indicating depictions of Sex.
Sam has been fired by Cooper
and now has to find a new job in Las Vegas. This would be easy for her but for
the fact that Cooper has called every casino and requested that they not hire
her. Soon, Sam finds herself working as a hostess at a strip club called
Shooters. Sam is trying to come to terms with her new situation when her friend
Nick from the Montecito comes to visit her one night. Sam is watching a terrible
imitation of an ‘80s hair band perform a ballad called “Stripper Girl”: “Your
lips were red, your skin was pale…You were the one I wanted to nail…I asked you
for a table dance, you came over, put your hand down my pants…” croons the
singer as he pushes his hand down his own pants. Meanwhile, strippers dance in
cages all over the club. Nick looks over at two men yelling “50 Gs on Pink!” “50
Gs on Brown!” Nick asks them what they are betting on. “Her nipples!” they
answer gleefully. The stripper then whips off her top and provides America with
a side view of her breasts as she continues to dance.
is by no means a family-friendly show -- though NBC apparently thinks it is
appropriate for 14-year-olds. But refusing to use an S-descriptor in a program
focusing on strippers and bare breasts demonstrates that the networks are either
incompetent or willfully negligent when it comes to rating their own programs.
Imagining that they can get away with broadcasting such inappropriate content
without rating it accurately is simply reprehensible.
If you agree that this program was inadequately
rated, please write to the TV ratings advisory board at
email@example.com and let them know that the TV
ratings once again failed to adequately warn parents about inappropriate
For more information about the TV ratings,
Register your complaint with NBC, its affiliates, and the sponsors who paid for the November 30th episode of
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