Us From Sex
may have thought that the problem with CBS was its refusal
to air an anti-Bush ad from Moveon.org during the Super Bowl.
But according to the Parents Television Council, you’d be
wrong. The saga of Timberlake and Jackson and a few seconds
of exposed breast apparently is far more troubling. “Advertisers
who bankrolled this insult to every parent, every woman and
every child in America, deserve to have their money refunded
in full by CBS,” the organization said in a Feb. 2 press release.
It went on to organize a massive outpouring of complaints
to the FCC.
The Parents Television Council, which claims 850,000 members,
defines its mission as “protecting children against sex, violence
and profanity in television and films.” The group does this
by providing “family-friendly ratings” and by pressuring the
FCC for stricter enforcement of obscenity and indecency laws.
Its most recent “victory” was convincing a gun-shy NBC to
cut scenes from ER that showed an elderly patient’s
The organization seems to allow for more flexibility and context
on its complaints about violence than its complaints about
“sex.” For example, PTC president L. Brent Bozell III recently
wrote a lauditory column about Mel Gibson’s ultraviolent movie
The Passion of the Christ.
PTC relies on local chapters to mobilize people for its national
campaigns and to pressure affiliate television stations and
sponsors. Its newest chapter is right here in Northeastern
New York, headed by Saugerties resident Vicky Dross. Dross
could not be reached for comment, but PTC publicity described
her as head of the women’s ministry at her church, and someone
who feels “children are being robbed of their innocence” by
programs with “sexuality, violence and coarse language.”