Skip to comments.Parents group calls for boycott of NBC series ‘The Playboy Club’
Posted on 07/28/2011 1:09:38 PM PDT by NYer
July 28, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) A prominent parents group is calling on local stations to refuse to air the NBC series The Playboy Club, in a letter sent to the networks affiliate stations this week.
The series, which is scheduled to premiere on September 19th, follows the lives of several employees of the first Playboy Club in Chicago in the early 1960s. A promotional for the show on NBCs website calls it the door to all your fantasies.
“Today, people wish we were living in unhealthier times,” Chad Hodge, the shows creator, told the Los Angeles Times. “Watching this pilot, people are always like, ‘I wish I could smoke and drink and have sex in the bathroom’. Now if you do those things, you’ll die.”
In his letter objecting to the show, Parents Television Council (PTC) President Timothy Winter drew attention to the implications of promoting such anti-values.
Forty percent of sex addicts lose their spouses, 58% suffer financial losses, one third lose their jobs. Pornography use increases the risk of marital infidelity by more than 300%, Winters wrote to NBC affiliates across the country.
I call these statistics to your attention because I assume you must be unaware of how damaging the pornography industry is to our society, to our families, and to individuals. Otherwise how on earth could you, in good conscience, agree to broadcast in your community a program that glorifies and glamorizes this insidious industry?
The letter also noted that affiliates would not be able to shift responsibility to the network if the show is found to violate anti-decency laws, but would have to pay fines leveled by the Federal Communications Commission themselves.
Winters pledged that his organization would review every episode for violations of such laws, and urge its members to file complaints with the FCC.
The record on this is clear: contracts between networks and their affiliates may not legally prevent preemption of programming that does not meet local community standards, Winter wrote. As a station manager, you not only have a right, but an obligation to preempt programs like The Playboy Club that fail to meet that standard.
As Winter noted in the letter, Utah NBC affiliate KSL has already exercised that right and refused to air the series. KSL’s president Mark Willes called the Playboy brand completely inconsistent with the stations values.
According to a TV Guide report, the rights to the show were acquired by another Salt Lake City station, KMYU, which plans to air the series in its Monday night slot.
NBC has publicly defended its association with the Playboy brand, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“They have to do what they have to do,” Robert Greenblatt, NBCs Chairman of Entertainment, told the news service in reference to KSLs refusal to air the series. “[But if] I thought it was inappropriate to the brand, I wouldn’t put it on.”
The PTC letter is not the first time the organization has spoken out against the series. Winter issued a statement in April in response to media reports that actors for the series had been required to sign a nudity clause, contractually committing to do scenes with nudity and simulated sex acts.
According to the contract, reported by the New York Post, such acts may be required in connection with player’s services in the pilot and/or series.”
Winter called the clause virtually unheard of for broadcast TV, adding that it underscores the critical need for President Obama to direct the Justice Department to appeal the Second Circuits obliteration of the broadcast decency law.
According to the Post report, the more explicit scenes covered under the nudity clause are believed to be intended for DVD and domestic and foreign syndication rather than for viewing on broadcast television.
“Mad Men” without any time wasted on work or domestic drama?
“Parents Group”? Is it going to be on Nickelodeon at 6:00 pm or something?
Seriously, though, what idiot would let their kid watch such crap anyway?
I would hope so.
Whatever happened to that ABC Show “Good Christian Bi$#%es”??
I am sure they could replace Christian with Muslim or Black or something and be just fine. /s
When does it come on again??
No, its prime time on a free channel.
One of the first shows on ABC Family after they bought it from Pat Robertson was a “reality” show about people shacking up. SO don’t doubt that porn could be on Nickelodean someday. They already run DeGrassi and that ain’t fit for kids.
Anybody got a photo of Hugh Hefner, founder of the Playboy vanishing empire? Now that is one over-aged, decrepit looking dude, even for 84 - he looks like he could be 110. Of course, he ahs thought of one thing for the past 65 years, and much to the detriment of young women like Dorothy Stratton (Star 80) who fell for the cheap, gauzy, trashy version of Hollywood glitter he promoted.
Somewhat like the Picture of Dorian Gray.
But then we haven't watched the networks since the 1980's when my firstborn was young. The Seinfeld episode on masturbation ended it for me.
Mine was the one and only Seinfeld show I tried to watch, and one of the characters was caught pissing in the shower of a gym facility and Seinfeld stood up for him.
Somehow I just couldn't picture Ricky and Fred, or Ralph and Norton, or even Fred and Barney doing a skit on that.
It was ordered to series for this fall with a name change: Good Christian Belles.
You're missing NOTHING! Nearly every commercial, from the "little blue pills" and "gels" to enhance sexual pleasure to Betty Crocker's microwavable deserts are packed with sexual innuendos, if not outright encouragement. Television programming follows suit, as you can see from this article. For parents of young children, it is a daily struggle to keep children engaged without the boob tube. Even the cartoons have degenerated.
I am convinced that the so called ‘creative class’, who write our movies and television shows have the collective creativity of a room full of parrots. If someone manages to have an original idea, it is copied and recopied
I boycott all programing on CNN , ABC , CBS , NBC , MSNBC , CNBC etc. . I see enough liberalism in my life without having to deal with these 0bama clones .
Nothing pumps up a new television show like the oh-so righteous demanding a boycott. Worked wonders for Married With Children and NYPD Blue.
When I see these sorts of things now I suspect the producers are paying for the publicity.
>>> Somehow I just couldn’t picture Ricky and Fred, or Ralph and Norton, or even Fred and Barney doing a skit on that.
The guy working all day in the sewer would be upset by some pee?
Funny though the examples you picked. Each one pushed the envelope in its own way in its own time. Fred and Wilma were the FIRST married couple on primetime television to share their bed. And of course Ricky and Lucy showed the first pregnant lady on primetime. Each as scandalous as Costanza peeing in the shower in the context of the era.