Yeah, so, it’s no secret that I really hate the Parents Television Council.
I really, really hate them. They are a bunch of controlling assholes, who think they should get to decide what we all get to watch on TV.
I worked as a TV critic for a few years, starting in 2001, and I wrote many articles about the evils of this group. They spend all their money and time trying to get shows that are not made for children off the air, because a child might see it. Never mind that the show is on at 10 p.m. on a Sunday night on a basic cable channel. They think every show on television should be for kids. We have entire networks for kid programming, but apparently every network should be for kid programming. Oh, and they think you are stupid, so they should decide what you should and shouldn’t watch.
Imagine if they focused their time and money on things that actually mattered such as increasing funding for schools or after-school programs.
Seriously, that group is totally worthless.
So anyway, I’ve been reading some tweets from television critics who are at the Television Critics Association meetings. Basically, TV critics sit in a room with network execs, directors, writers, producers and actors who are promoting their fall TV shows. One of the shows that NBC is promoting is this show called “The Playboy Club.” It’s set in the 1960s and it’s about – you guessed it- the Playboy Club. Everyone involved in the show is trying to push the show as “female empowerment.” That’s laughable to me, so I tweeted about it saying, “Dear NBC, how is dressing up as a bunny and serving drinks to men ‘female empowerment?’ Feminist fail! Love, Sonia”
I was fine with my little tweet until I saw this:
GROSS!!!! I feel so dirty! I want to delete my Twitter account and take a Silkwood-style shower for a year. I hate them so much, and they retweeted my tweet as some sort of support for them. It’s the worst thing that has ever happened to me on Twitter, and I’ve had people threaten my life on Twitter.
I responded to their retweet:
Oh, by the way, Parents Television Council, your worst nightmare is coming true. I’m going to have a baby, and my husband and I are going to decide for ourselves what he can and can’t watch. Suck on that!
UPDATE: I got into a lengthly discussion with the PTC policy director on Twitter. He doesn’t think that pressuring network affiliates to not air a show that they haven’t even seen is censorship. When I told him that the PTC would do better by children if they focused on increasing funding for schools and after-school programs, he said, “The vast majority of our resources go directly toward parental education and research.” When I pointed out that was parental education and research on TV viewing habits. He said yes, but that schools were not their mission. I pointed out that their mission was flawed. He responded, “That’s fair enough, but I think kids are worth protecting,” suggesting I don’t think our children are worth protecting. “I think kids are worth protecting, too, and knowledge is power,” I replied.
I’m not want to say I won this argument … But I think I totally won this argument.
Pressuring networks to cancel TV shows that are aimed at adults because a kid might see it is not the same as focusing our time, energy and money on increasing funding for schools and after-school programs … You know, things that might actually help kids.