PTC to WE tv: No Live Sex Show on Basic Cable

Written by PTC | Published January 28, 2015

The PTC is launching a petition against the upcoming series Sex Box, which will feature live sex acts -- paid for by every cable subscriber. The Parents Television Council has denounced the WE tv basic cable network for forcing families to pay for it’s upcoming show Sex Box, a new TV series that will feature couples having sex in a (“camera free, soundproof”) box, then afterwards discussing their experience with a panel of relationship “experts.” Sex Box premieres on the advertiser-supported basic cable network on February 27th. The PTC is announcing a national petition demanding the removal of WE tv from the cable network bundle. “In order for a child to watch the Disney Channel, her parents must now also pay for a live sex show on WE tv. Something is terribly, horribly broken in the marketplace when an industry is capable of making that happen,” said PTC President Tim Winter. “A live sex show on TV is something that might show up on a premium cable network. But in an affront to all families, WE tv is bringing that content to basic cable, and is potentially exposing millions of children to graphic content in the process. If some adults want to watch a program like that, let them pay for it. But forcing it into the basic cable bundle and making parents and families pay for it is an outrage. Sex Box should never see the light of day on basic cable. “Families are overwhelmed by today’s toxic entertainment media environment, and a program like Sex Box will only cause a further erosion of standards on broadcast and basic cable television. No doubt the network’s promotions team will try to spin the program as some sort of sophisticated, enlightening reality show. And no doubt other network programmers will see it as the next content boundary that needs to be crossed. “In addition to warning parents, the PTC is inviting its members, as well as other concerned Americans, to sign a national petition demanding the removal of WE tv from the cable network bundle. We will also be holding publicly to account every single corporation that chooses to underwrite the program with its advertising dollars. Sponsors need to be aware that actions have consequences, and we’ll see to it that they do.” To sign the PTC's petition, click here.

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