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Rating: TV-PG DL
By Caroline Schulenburg
Most people would reasonably
assume that a television program rated TV- PG DL does not contain sexual
content, certainly not protracted jokes about pornography and sexual harassment.
But most people would be wrong – at least, according to the ABC network. The
January 8th episode of Carpoolers, titled “The
Seminar,” followed the characters as they attend a sexual harassment seminar and
discover the joys of vintage Swiss pornography.
Laird is a self-professed
playboy who tries to have sex with every woman he finds attractive. When he
finds himself fantasizing about Dorrit, a woman who is giving a seminar on
workplace sexual harassment, Laird launches an elaborate plan to make himself
appear a victim of sexual harassment as an excuse to talk to her. Aubrey, who
has been appointed Harassment Captain and is on the lookout for harassment in
the office, is horrified by Laird’s scheme.
In one particularly non-PG
scene, Laird demonstrates a gadget that allows him to watch pornography in the
privacy of his office. Laird shows off his extensive collection of Swiss porn.
Aubrey is outraged and takes the box away from his office, only to crash into
another worker, sending porn flying everywhere. Later, Aubrey confronts Laird
about his having crossed out the “Har” in “Harassment,” leaving Aubrey with a
badge that says “Ass Captain.” Aubrey tackles Laird and pins his arms behind his
back on the floor. As Dorrit walks by she sees the two men struggling. “It
hurts, doesn’t it?” demands Aubrey. “It hurts,” groans Laird, as the two lie on
the ground in a compromising position.
Dougie, who had viewed several
moments of a woman having sex with a donkey in Laird’s porn video, suddenly
confesses to his wife Cindy that he has “cheated on her” by watching the video.
Cindy is tremendously upset and wants to see who her husband cheated on her
with. The two of them go to Laird’s house and ask to see his collection of
pornography. Ultimately the two decide to make their own pornographic video.
In the face of all this
sexualized material, one wonders whether the network officials who rated this
program TV-PG without an S-descriptor even bothered to watch it. From beginning
to end, this episode was chock-full of sexual content highly inappropriate for
any child who might have inadvertently been exposed to it – and with the V-Chip
unable to block the program due to this misrating, who knows how many children
If you agree that this program was inadequately
rated, please write to the TV ratings advisory board at
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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