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Baby Borrowers on NBC

Rating: None

 

In the post-show reunion special of NBC’s Baby Borrowers, airing at 9:00 p.m. ET on August 6th, the “baby borrowers” and the “baby lenders” were brought back to reminisce over what they learned during their time on the show. In numerous clips, the teens were shown using bleeped foul language, such as:

 

Sasha:  “Just take the baby and go! I don't care any more. This is bull (bleeped s***)!”

 

Dayton:  “You're just a b****...Get the hell out of here!...You're just so (bleeped f*****) up.”

 

Kelly:  “Get the (bleeped f***) out!”

 

Additionally, many of the teens’ conversations centered on sex. Yet the entire episode was completely unrated.

 

Time and time again, networks tell parents to use the V-Chip to block content they don’t want their children to see. However, the networks then often misrate their own programming -- and there are no consequences for the networks when they do so. For the second time in less than a week, a network aired a program without any rating at all. On July 31st it was Big Brother on CBS, a show notorious for its adult content; this time, it was Baby Borrowers‘ foul language and discussions of sex. Without a rating, both Big Brother and Baby Borrowers were able air on the publicly-owned airwaves, flout the V-Chip and slip into homes – and children’s minds.

 

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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