Who Hijacked Our Country

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Parents TV Council

We all know that the FCC receives gazillions of complaints about “offensive” TV shows. (Apparently a raunchy TV program is much more offensive than the fact that our “public” airwaves have been hijacked by a few mega-corporate monoliths.) What you probably didn’t know is that 99.8% of all TV complaints to the FCC came from one group: the Parents TV Council. Click here for the full story.

The one exception: some of the complaints about Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” during the 2004 Superbowl actually came from regular citizens and not Parents TV Council drones. But outside of that one incident, 99.8% of all TV complaints came from that one group.

But instead of getting all up in arms, let’s have a little fun with the Bible-thumpers. Log onto the Parents TV Council website and make several complaints about TV shows (preferably the most bland, innocuous shows you can think of). I’ve already filed “complaints” about Wheel of Fortune, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, Praise The Lord and General Hospital. For each complaint, I received a return e-mail acknowledging the FCC’s receipt. Imagine hundreds, thousands of people filing bogus “complaints” about TV shows (remember, only the bland ones) to the FCC; it might throw a wrench in their gears.

Here’s their website. WARNING: if you have a low IQ or too much inbreeding, clicking on this website could cause erratic, uncontrollable behavior. If you start shouting passages from the Old Testament at inappropriate times, well, sorry Bub, you were warned.

Their website is very user-friendly. Heck, it has to be; it caters to rednecks and snakehandlers. They make it very easy to file a complaint. I’m personally very offended by “Touched by an Angel,” and I know it’s in reruns somewhere. That foxy lady on the show had the top button of her blouse unbuttoned and it caused me to think wicked thoughts. I’m going to complain to the FCC right now.

Come on, let’s dilute the Parents TV Council's effect and swamp the FCC with more complaints than they’ll know what to do with.

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