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Monday, February 07, 2005

Parents TV Council (Again)

It’s an overused cliché to say “get a life,” or so-and-so “needs to get out more,” etc. OK, with that said, there is one person (or group) that stands head and shoulders above the rest for having absolutely nothing to do and all day to do it. No more calls, we have a winner!

The Parents Television Council -- already lampooned here and elsewhere for being the grownup version of the grade school tattle-tale and brown-noser -- has made the news again. And again, it just boggles the mind that someone can have this much free time, and such a twisted sense of priorities.

During a one-week period in March 2004, the Parents TV Council monitored MTV, and counted 3,056 flashes of nudity and 2,881 verbal references to sex.

I’m just trying to imagine a person (or group) actually counting 3,056 nude images and 2,881 verbal sexual references. This person, whoever he/she is, must make the typical elderly shut-in look busier than a one-armed paperhanger. He/she makes Boo Radley look like the most gregarious gadfly anywhere.

This just makes my head hurt -- counting the number of nude flashes on a TV station during a 7-day period. Doesn’t that just make your eyes feel like they’re gonna pop out?!? This would make a good case for a group intervention. We’re here to help you. Remain calm. Back sloooowly away from the TV set. Now look up. Now turn your head . See that glass-covered square-shaped hole in the wall? If you look through that hole, you can see the world out there. Streets, sidewalks, real people moving around -- you know, life!

I don’t know if these thousands of nude scenes and references were monitored by one person or a group. A group?!?!? How would they manage to synchronize their work? I can’t even imagine Monica Geller and Adrian Monk coordinating and synchronizing enough for this. “OK, at 4 o’clock and 20 minutes and 318 nanoseconds, I’m gonna take a bathroom break. You ready to take over?”

When they get through with this Earth-shaking project, maybe they could count the number of bristles on a hairbrush, or count (and measure) each blade of grass in Central park.

Sheesh! Get a life.


Blogger PhishEsther said...

its simple, its the only way they can explain to their friends about why they were watching it in the first place

February 7, 2005 at 12:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, there is a group that ranks higher on the 'get-a-life' meter - liberal progressives. Oh, wait, that would be YOU, wouldn't it? As the saying goes, "It sucks to be you."

February 7, 2005 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger opforsoldier said...

Funny thing is that I am Catholic and a staunch Republican,I believe that many shows on TV (broadcast, not cable/dish) are crossing the line and should be reigned in and the same thing could be said about radio.

At the same time I find this group to be out there on the fringe and rather scary. They remind me of the Moral Majority of yesteryear, you remember them right? Charles Keating and his cronies. The same Charles Keating involved in the S&L scandal.

Now it is up to the parents to montior what their children watch, not some group of over zealous idiots who talk only to hear themselves speak. Now they want the FCC to go after pay service channels too!

My opinion is that if someone pays to watch a channel then broadcast whatever you want whenever you want. If you don't like it, don't subscribe moron!!!

I did a bit about the PTC as well as the PMRC started by Tipper Gore. They are another bunch of crackpots.


February 7, 2005 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Charone said...

I guess some people just think that they are the only competent parents around, so they have to make sure other parents do it right.

February 7, 2005 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Kip said...

First and foremost congrats to yet another "anonymous" right wing commenter who had absolutely nothing of substance to contribute other to demonstrate a limited scope of the English language. As for the PTC, it's once again a living demonstration of the fact that many in the NeoCon crowd are absolute control freaks who, in my own humble opinion, have to be some of the most uptight, frustrated folks walking the Earth. One simple explanation is that the technology behind an "off" switch or a channel changer may be beyond them, therefore they are once again "yearning for simpler times". That does miss the obvious fact that "Happy Days" was a TV show, and "American Graffiti" was a movie and in reality that type of American never existed. It must be sad to be so afraid of the real world that a group of people could spend time trying to create one that never existed.

February 7, 2005 at 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You REALLY have to love your job to actually sit there and count every sexual reference! I think that the people who complain the loudest about things of this nature are probably the ones with the most S&M gear in their basements. ;^)


February 7, 2005 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Tatty Tiara said...

There really needs to be a Parents Television Council Council that monitors the advocation of parental uninvolvement and body shame.

Wish I could be more helpful, but I'm Canadian, and boobies really don't scare us. :)

February 7, 2005 at 10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you.

Take a look at this petition. Its calling for the PTC to be a ratings only orginazation and not allowing them to harrass us anymore.


July 24, 2008 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Thanks for the link. I signed the petition.

July 24, 2008 at 11:24 AM  

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