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Dancing With the Stars
By Caroline Schulenburg
Dancing with the Stars has become decidedly less family-friendly over the years, as
commentary becomes more suggestive and competitors less inclined to stifle their
sometimes raunchy humor. The episode that aired on April 7th at 8:00
p.m. ET contained a reference to pornography and a bleeped expletive, yet was
only rated TV PG.
In this episode, the remaining
dancers were challenged to perform either the Pasa Doble or the Viennese Waltz.
Actor/comedian Adam Corolla, who has distinguished himself in the competition by
making sleazy remarks at every opportunity, commented that he had been made to
look more like a porn star than Zorro. When he has completed his Pasa Doble with
his partner, he thanked the wardrobe department for “dressing me like a silent
porn star” to which his partner Julianne responded ‘Oh (bleeped sh*t!)’
Such content is highly
inappropriate for a program airing during the Family Hour, and which is one of
the few programs left on prime time that parents could watch with their
ABC’s failure to rate this
program appropriately stands as yet more evidence that the TV ratings system
needs to be standardized -- and taken seriously by the networks.
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
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