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Dancing With the Stars on ABC

Rating: TV-PG

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 children.

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 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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