Parents Television Council Petitions NBC for Better Quality Porn on TV   Leave a comment

NBC is under scrutiny by the Parents Television Council because of the unsatisfactory pornography series, The Playboy Club. Due to a surplus of letters written by concerned parents, the PTC has issued a formal complaint about the poor quality porn on the NBC series and demands this be rectified. The Parents Television Council does not feel that the quality of the pornographic content in The Playboy Club meets local community standards.

Since NBC is a broadcast network, families have no choice but to watch this program every week.  The PTC feels that since children are forced to watch this content, it should at least be good porn. Parents Television Council President Timothy Winter ensured parents that the PTC would be “carefully monitoring every episode” to make sure NBC gives them the good stuff.

Shelley Lubben of the Pink Cross Foundation, an organization that helps aspiring adult film stars break into the industry, critiqued the quality of the show, saying “a quick clip of three people going at it in the bathroom is not enough. This show has a chance to become something great…and covering up everyone’s junk is not the way to get there.”

The Parents Television Council has worked to approve the content of television for years and improving The Playboy Club would just be another notch in its bedpost. The PTC feels that portraying the Playboy bunnies in this way is informative to young girls, showing how working class women make their money.  The Playboy Club is the perfect way to show adolescent girls what their career options are and the PTC could not be more thrilled.

Undoubtedly, the pornography industry has a very large impact on society today. The PTC says that porn addicts “spend 11 hours or more per week looking at pornography”. Winter claims “fifty-six percent of divorce cases involved one person having an obsessive interest in pornography”. Lucky for Americans, The Playboy Club is only on for one hour per week. Thanks to The Playboy Club, husbands and wives can enjoy the pornography as a couple…and their children can enjoy it too.

The Parents Television Council has traditionally protested against shows due to the quality of their content so that’s where my jumping off point was; since they thought the quality of the show was poor due to pornographic imagery, I turned it around to say that they thought the quality of the porn was bad. The Parents Television Council focuses on the damaging nature of the pornography industry and how glamorizing does not serve the public interest. Since NBC is a broadcast station, it has an obligation to uphold the public interest. I decided to play on both of those facts. The scare tactics used in the beginning of the article, saying, “200,000 Americans are ‘porn addicts’” assisted my argument. The “Either Or” fallacy, saying either you cancel The Playboy Club or you will become a porn addict, also fueled my satire.  They explicitly say in their open letter to NBC “Fifty-six percent of divorce cases involved one person having an obsessive interest in porn” so I tried to spin it to say that if both people have an obsessive interest in porn, the marriage will last. The claim that The Playboy Club glorifies the pornography industry and that teaching young women these values can harm them in the future also provided a good way to make fun of how easily influenced they think young girls are (“The Playboy Club is the perfect way to show adolescent girls what their career options are and the PTC could not be more thrilled).

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Posted November 21, 2011 by laurenshelton in Uncategorized

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