Written by PTC | Published September 29, 2023
Over the weekend, HBO’s recently rebranded streaming service, Max added “Naked Attraction” to the platform’s program offerings.
The fact that this was done without a lot of pre-release publicity or fanfare makes it seem like they were trying to sneak it in, under the radar so that parents like you wouldn’t know about it.
In case you hadn’t heard about it before now, “Naked Attraction” is ostensibly a dating show – but really, it’s just a flimsy excuse to show naked bodies on screen for titillation and shock value.
Instead of giving contestants an opportunity to get to know one another, or discover if they have similar values or interests or compatible personalities, on this program, the first thing contestants learn about each other is what they look like naked. But there are no black boxes or pixilation to obscure the full-frontal nudity. It’s all out there on full display to all 95.8 million Max subscribers.
Before you download the Max app, or subscribe to their streaming service, you need to know that this is the kind of content they deliver. Attempts by Warner Bros. Discovery to rebrand HBO as “family-friendly” by adding HGTV favorites, Harry Potter and Sesame Street, are duplicitous and misleading.
This program is on-brand for HBO. This is what HBO always was at its core. HBO has now lifted its own veil, revealing that it is and always was a p*rnography channel.
Remember that streaming media is not subject to FCC indecency regulations. So unless consumers like you and I push-back, streaming services will continue this game of content brinksmanship – constantly pushing the boundaries of sex, nudity, profanity and violence in their quest to outdo their competitors to see what they can get away with.
And parental controls aren’t enough to protect impressionable children from this kind of content. PTC research has found that Max’s parental controls are inadequate. By default, a child can switch profiles and stream adult content without having to enter a password or pin code.
If Warner Bros. Discovery is going to sell MAX as a streaming service for the whole family, the very least they should do is to ensure no children are able to access the p*rnographic content on that platform.
Help us put pressure on Warner Bros. Discovery to strengthening their parental controls. For the children’s sake.