To: Warner Bros. Discovery Board of Directors
Samuel A. Di Piazza, Jr., Chair
David Zaslav, President and CEO
Li Haslett Chen
Richard W. Fisher
Paul A. Gould
Debra L. Lee
Kenneth W. Lowe
Dr. John C. Malone
Steven A. Miron
Steven O. Newhouse
Paula A. Price
Geoffrey Y. Yang
We trust that each of you cares about children. WHY, THEN, are you harming our children by greenlighting tens of millions of dollars to produce mental-emotional poison like The Idol?
Your own corporate ethics statement prohibits you from depicting tobacco use in a way that might influence a young person to smoke—because you admit that entertainment depictions can and do influence behavior. WHY, THEN, do you fund producer Sam Levinson—who admits he is inspired by porn—so that he can create content like The Idol? Why fund a show that even TV critics have slammed as “pornographic,” a “sordid male fantasy,” a “darker, crazier, and more risqué” version of your other porn program by Levinson, Euphoria?
You know entertainment affects behavior—whether using tobacco or engaging in pornographic sex on camera. Yet you are streaming The Idol even when:
Each one of you is personally responsible for the damage The Idol will cause to young people.
I/We stand with the Parents Television and Media Council (PTC) to demand you cancel it and remove it from access.