So You Think You Can Rate a TV Show?
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The May 1st
episode of Grey’s Anatomy entitled “Piece of My Heart” shows Dr. Meredith
Grey and Dr. Derek Shepherd beginning their clinical trial on a patient with a
brain tumor. This brain tumor causes the patient to act erratically and to say
inappropriate and hurtful things to his wife and to the doctors who are treating
him. The episode was rated PG-14 with no content descriptors despite the foul
language littered throughout the episode.
This episode contains 10
instances of foul language despite its lack of an L descriptor which would have
warned parents of the deluge of foul language that was to come. The word “ass”
is used 5 times; “damn” is used 2 times; and “hell”, “bastard”, and “whore” are
used one time each. For example, several times throughout the episode the
patient suffering from a brain tumor refers to his wife as a “piece of ass” as
he tries to fix her up with the male doctors. Then, in a fit of anger, he turns
on Dr. Shepherd, calling him a “sick twisted bastard.”
This episode is just another
in a long list of examples that show that the TV rating system is unreliable. A
rating of TV-14 L would have been more appropriate considering the frequent use
of foul language.
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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