Some hindus are upset over a supposedly inappropriate portrayal of the Hindu religious character Kali in a mural at Brooklyn Museum in New York.
This 60-foot Kali wall mural is part of recently opened Eyes of Time exhibition at Brooklyn Museum which is scheduled till July 12. It shows Kali with three legs, three breasts and six arms. Its face is a clock with no actual time.
Hindu soundbite specialist Rajan Zed said in a statement that goddess Kali was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be thrown around loosely in reimagined versions for dramatic effects on
museum walls. Such absurd depiction of goddess Kali with no scriptural backing was hurtful to the devotees.
Zed claimed that Hindus were for free speech as much as anybody else if not more ....BUT... faith was something sacred and attempts at belittling it hurt the devotees. Museums should be more sensitive while handling faith related
Perennial Hindu sound bite provider, Rajan Zed, has complained about the use of of a hindu religious character appearing in the chapel at Windsor Castle.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that reimagining Hindu deities and scriptures for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees. Ganesha was meant to be worshipped in temples and home shrines and
it was not appropriate to mount him as a grotesque on a Chapel wall along with other distorted creatures.
Rajan Zed pointed out that Hindus were for free speech as much as anybody else if not more ...BUT... faith was something sacred and attempts at belittling it were painful for the devotees.
Zed further said that Hindus welcomed art world to immerse in Hinduism ...BUT... taking it seriously and respectfully and not for refashioning Hinduism concepts and symbols for personal agendas. Distorting of Ganesha was highly
slighting of ancient Hindu traditions.
The Parents Television Council has released its annual list of Best TV Advertisers , which catalogues companies based on the television content they chose to underwrite with their media dollars over the past year. PTC President Tim
As we approach the Christmas and holiday shopping season, we present this list of 'Best and Worst TV Advertisers' so that consumers can vote with their wallet and reward those companies that have clearly demonstrated a commitment to responsible
sponsorship practices. Our list also identifies those companies that have shown little or no regard for the explicit content that their media dollars helped to underwrite.
What people see on TV is influential. TV advertisers certainly know it to be true, otherwise they would not have spent $86 billion last year just on U.S. television. The sole purchase of spending each dollar was to convince Americans to buy
their goods and services. The ability to influence children does not stop once the commercial break is over and the program begins.
We applaud those companies that are on our 'best' list, as they have shown a willingness to evaluate and adjust their ad buys in order to take into consideration the concerns of parents about the quality and content of programming that's
accessible to children.
At the same time, we urge those companies on our 'worst' list to re-evaluate their ad buys on TV shows that routinely feature graphic sex, violence, and profanity, and that have the potential to permanently lower standards for TV content across
the board. It's time for companies to consider the impact on children and families that comes from their day-to-day business decision-making.
So congratulations to the advertisers that have most wound up the PTC:
Fast Food Restaurants
Yum! Brands: KFC, Taco Bell
Gap, Inc.: The Gap, Old Navy
Johnson & Johnson: Aveeno, Visine, Splenda, Listerine, Clean & Clear
The Parents Television Council is denouncing the FX network for airing the most sexually explicit content the PTC has ever documented on basic cable. The November 11th episode of Sons of Anarchy opened with approximately two and
one-half minutes of graphically depicted sex among several couples. The explicit content, of the type previously available only on a la carte premium networks or pay-per-view, aired as early as 9 pm in half of the country.
Media Post described this scene like this :
This sequence ... featured seven couples in the act of intense lovemaking. ... For the record, this sequence left nothing to the imagination. It was probably the rawest sex I have ever seen depicted on TV outside of HBO and Showtime -- and
that's saying a lot.
PTC President Tim Winter spouted:
Last week's episode of 'Sons of Anarchy' opened with the most sexually explicit content we've ever seen on basic cable, content normally found on premium subscription networks like HBO or Showtime.
Composer John Adams' controversial The Death of Klinghoffer opened Monday night at New York's Metropolitan Opera to the sound of protest.
The opera was inspired by the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro ship and the killing of disabled Jewish American Leon Klinghoffer by members of the Palestinian Liberation Front,
The protesters attempted to disrupt the production by calling out slogans during the performance, but loud applause from the audience drowned out the voices, as it did scattered boos at the end of the first act.
The Met released a statement Monday that said the opera:
Deals with a difficult subject: the horrific murder of an innocent man during an act of terrorism committed in 1985. However, the fact that 'Klinghoffer' grapples with the complexities of an unconscionable real-life act of violence does not mean
it should not be performed.
Unofficial estimates put the crowd outside at 500 to 1,500 people. Scores of police officers were deployed and barricades ringed the pavilion, but unrest was largely limited to verbal volleys between patrons and a few breakaway protesters closer
to the opera house.
Many of the speakers at the protest, organized by Jewish groups such as the Zionist Association. of America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, wore yellow stars, an appropriation of the mark Jews were forced
to wear in Nazi Germany, and called for future boycotts of the Met. Dozens of volunteers also sat in wheelchairs referencing Leon Klinghoffe.
The moralist campaign group, Parents Television Council (PTC), has hyped the new CBS drama Stalker as torture porn and is warning parents about the show.
PTC takes particular issue with the premiere episode's opening scene, which the organization claims is a graphically violent scene featuring a woman being tortured and murdered.
The 1st episode will air with the rating TV-14 DSV, which denotes suggestive dialogue, sexual situations and violence.
PTC president Tim Winter said that, given the subject matter, Stalker should be rated TV-MA. He notes:
We are warning parents about this graphic scene, given that it will air at the beginning of the show and that it will presumably carry a very low TV-14 rating.. Since the episode contains graphic violence, the accurate rating for the program
according to the industry's own standard is TV-MA. Rating this type of material as appropriate for a child would not only be wrong, it would be fraudulent.
Stalker stars Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q as detectives with the LAPD's Threat Assessment Unit who investigate stalking incidents such as voyeurism, cyber harassment and romantic fixation. It debuts Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET.
A joint episode of The Simpsons and Family Guy is set to air on the Fox network in the US on Sunday. The trailer has revealed a joke featuring the politically correct no-no, the word 'rape'. It has got America's moralists
up in arms. The Parents Television Council have called for the joke to be cut.
The gag is about baby Stewie misunderstanding the nature of Bart's prank calls. First, Bart calls Moe's Tavern and asks if there's anyone there with the last name Keybum and the first name Lee -- causing the bartender to call out
for a Leaky bum . Then an excited Stewie tries his version of the wind-up, and blurts out: Hello, Moe? Your sister's being raped.
The Parents Television Council have claim that the joke, playing on the different sense of humour between the family-friendly Simpsons and edgier Family Guy, is 'inappropriate'. President Tim Winter spouted:
Rape is never a laughing matter. Never. It is simply indefensible for a broadcaster to use the publicly-owned airwaves to make tasteless and senseless jokes about rape.
He also claimed that the joke could have a devastating impact... on countless past, present and future victims of sexual assault . The group says it will lobby advertisers on both shows to ask if rape jokes reflect their corporate
MacFarlane famously once said that getting Parents Television Council complaints were:
Like getting hate mail from Hitler. They're literally terrible human beings. I've read their newsletter, I've visited their website, and they're just rotten to the core. For an organisation that prides itself on Christian values -- I mean, I'm
an atheist, so what do I know?--they spend their entire day hating people. They can all suck my dick as far as I'm concerned.
There has been a protest in New York against an upcoming show at the Metropolitan Opera House.
A few dozens of people (from what the amNY newspaper ludicrously describes as different backgrounds, ignoring the politically incorrect elephant in the room), gathered outside Lincoln Center calling on the Met Opera's general manager, Peter Gelb,
to cancel its upcoming performances of The Death of Klinghoffer .
The opera depicts the 1985 hijacking of an Italian cruise ship by Palestinian terrorists and murder of passenger Leon Klinghoffer, a Jewish New Yorker, and it has been accused of being anti-Semitic tone.
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, the executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis said: What's next? 'ISIS: A Love Story'?
The Met, which is planning to present the opera in October and November, reiterated that although the show deals with difficult subject matter it stood by Adams's work. I t said in a statement:
As a cultural institution, we unwaveringly support the freedom of artists to create responsible work that addresses difficult contemporary topics. We firmly believe that artistic explorations of politically charged subjects should be presented
to the public without fear of censorship.
The Christian moralist campaign group, One Million Moms writes:
In the newest Live in Levi's commercial, there are many suggestions of what you can do in your Levi jeans. The ad states consumers can do many things in their Levi's. For several reasons this Levi commercial is distasteful and sends youth
the wrong message.
Many have found the unbutton them and button them segment highly inappropriate. The scene shows a couple making out leading up to a sexual encounter. The female begins unbuttoning the male's jeans until their young daughter walks in
on them and the male quickly buttons back up his jeans.
There are a few other offenses during this commercial including a water drenched man air drying his jeans from a public bus window while wearing his underwear, along with the statement you can wash them or not. Then there is a roll them
reference, with a couple rolling on top of one another while wearing their jeans.
Levi Strauss & Co. is being irresponsible in their new advertising campaign, especially since it is aired as early as 6:30 pm when families are likely watching. This advertisement is harming children in the name of humor.
The religious morality campaign group, One Million Moms spout:
USA's new program, Satisfaction , has a name that says it all. I suppose the name Unsatisfied didn't sound as attractive. Like a revamped soap opera, spouses get themselves tangled in a web of lies and hurt the ones they
love. Satisfaction airs on Thursday evenings at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT.
The tagline for the program is: They have everything but are still not satisfied. The show focuses on attempts to find satisfaction by having an affair, paying for an escort or getting paid for sex. A show full of adultery, cheating,
drugs and lies is the last influence our society needs. Even though the program airs a little later in the evening, it is not late enough since the bedroom scenes are soft porn and the previews are aired earlier in the day.
Satisfaction centers around a married couple who have no regrets and feel no remorse about committing adultery with someone else - or cheating on their own spouse. Infidelity is the new trend sold as normal by USA.
To put it on a scale, Satisfaction is more pornographic than the show Mistresses. This program consists of so much nudity and erotic sexual content that it probably is the worst show we have seen since Nip Tuck. Hollywood is
continuing to push casual sex, sometimes with multiple partners, as acceptable.
One Million Moms, a christian morality campaign group, writes:
Will Hardee's and Carl's Jr. ever learn? They are at it again with another disgusting ad. Their newest Texas BBQ Thickburger commercial focuses on the model's sweaty chest and legs with several suggestive shots. This ad is extremely degrading to
women and should be pulled off the air immediately.
Not long after One Million Moms contacted the company about its advertisement starring Kate Upton making out with a burger at a drive-in movie wearing only skimpy lingerie, the company aired three different commercials all with the same theme.
The restaurant is using sex to sell its burgers with scantily-clad models licking sauce seductively in provocative poses. 1MM has had enough with their soft porn ads! We will politely, but sternly let them know that we are not giving up on
protecting our families.
A picture used as part of American Apparel's latest clothing range has attracted a few trivial whinges accusing the retailer of fuelling Lolita fantasies and rampant sexism for showing a model bending over in one of its mini-skirts.
The image in question was posted on their Instagram account and a similar one was posted on their website. The first featured a woman in a plaid green skirt leaning over a car window, with her underwear in view.
It was branded as horrifying and dangerous misogyny by a fewTwitter users and has since been removed from both its social media account.
Emilie, a blogger at anygirlfriday.com criticised the advert for reducing women down to little more than body parts to be claimed, and accused it of reinforcing idea that our primary purpose is to be appealing to men . She said:
The way in which American Apparel objectify and sexualise female bodies is damaging and rooted in patriarchal notions about a woman's worth.
Campaigners from Morality in Media throw down a challenge. Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director, Morality in Media writes:
Fifty Shades of Grey has taken the world by storm. The well-oiled PR machine they have hired would have you think that all women want to be treated as slaves and that NO really means YES!
I believe that a majority of people are not buying into these lies, but they are bullied by the mainstream media into staying silent. Today with the release of the new movie trailer, most of the popular news outlets are pushing this story that
romanticizes and normalizes sexual violence.
The popular series promotes torture as sexually gratifying and normalizes domestic violence, particularly violence against women. This type of material cultivates a rape and sexual violence culture and is now permeating our society. With the
popularity of this book, mainstream opinion-makers (like Oprah, the Today Show, Planned Parenthood and Broadway) are telling the public (especially youth) that humiliation, degradation and torture in sex is normal and to just give it a try.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association, states that sadism and masochism are mental disorders, which should be dealt with on a professional psychiatric level.
We must oppose the continued promotion of BDSM in our society. We will go after all public leaders that propagate the lies that torture and violence are normal and healthy sexual templates.
One Million Moms is a christian morality campaign. The group writes in a 'call to action':
The late night programming on the Cartoon Network, known as Adult Swim, plans to air the non-animated show Black Jesus portraying Jesus as a black guy living in the hood. The show depicts him living in Compton Gardens and makes a
mockery of our Lord. The foul language used in the trailer, including using the Lord's name in vain, is disgusting. In addition, there is violence, gunfire and other inappropriate gestures which completely misrepresent Jesus. This is blasphemy!
Black Jesus is set to premiere on August 7 at 11:00 pm ET/ 10:00 pm CT, unless we intervene. Adult Swim plans to blaspheme Jesus on a weekly basis. This mockery will be similar to South Park and Family Guy , but much worse
since the entire program will be based on lies about Christianity.
1MM will defend our Savior because He is Holy! Adult Swim is obviously not a family network, and this program is set to air later in the evening when children should be asleep, but that is no excuse. Adult Swim has crossed the line by belittling
the Christian religion with foul jokes.
We need to send a loud and clear message to Adult Swim, its owner Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (a Time Warner Company), and all potential advertisers of Black Jesus that this kind of programming is insulting and completely unacceptable. Adult
Swim is not ridiculing any other religion currently and wouldn't dream of mocking Mohammed or Muslims.
If we speak with one voice now, we can keep this program from ever seeing the light of day. Christians must take a stand and not be silent. Networks like Adult Swim continue to mock Christianity, and we will not stand for it. Christians should no
longer sit idly by and allow this blasphemy to continue without speaking up in protest. Black Jesus is another attempt to distort the truth about Christianity. There is power in numbers! Forward this to everyone you know in a fight to keep this
show off the air.
Black Jesus was even worse than its promotions portrayed in the trailer leading up to the broadcast. In the 30-minute premiere, Jesus is recruited by his friend's mother to buy a block of "weed" for a party. This first episode was
entitled Smokin', Drinkin', and Chillin' and included:
88 profanities are used, including God's name in vain (MA-L rating).
Jesus uses the f-word multiple times, uses God's name in vain.
Jesus smokes marijuana and complains about having to share it.
Jesus is arrested when a drug deal he is leading goes bad.
The Jesus character irreverently refers to God as "Pops," himself as "lord and savior," and is continually obsessed with alcohol and drugs.
USA Today has reported that Morality in Media's executive director, Dawn Hawkins, has whinged at the newly released trailer for the movie, Fifty Shades of Grey . She claims the trailer:
Deceives the public with a visually appealing melodramatic love story that romanticizes and normalizes sexual violence.
A warning to the women lining up to see this film: There is nothing empowering about whips and chains or humiliation and torture. Women as a group will not gain power by collaborating with violent men. Women would be serving only as an agent to
further their own sexual degradation, handing themselves on a silver platter to exactly the sort of men who want to use and abuse them, and take away their power.
And it seems that an awful lot of the public are enjoying being deceived as the trailer on YouTube has been viewed 11,200,000 times already.
Meanwhile Parents Television Council have been joining in the whinge. PTC director of grassroots education and advocacy Melissa Henson spouted:
We're talking about basically the equivalent of a dime-store trashy romance novel. Essentially, [The Today programme on NBC] is promoting what people refer to as 'mommy porn.'
[The movie is one] that's romanticizing violence in relationships ... sexual violence is basically what this movie is promoting.
And anti-porn campaigner Gail Dines somehow reads lethal violence into the trailer:
In the trailer there is a hint of some of the violence that is about to come Anastasia's way when he tells her I don't do romance and warns her that I am incapable of leaving you alone. Stalker talk, for sure! In his book on
batterers, Lundy Bancroft provides a list of potentially dangerous signs to watch out for from boyfriends. Needless to say, Christian is the poster boy of the list, not only with his jealous, controlling, stalking, sexually sadistic behavior,
but his hypersensitivity to what he perceives as any slight against him, his whirlwind romancing of a younger, less powerful woman, and his Jekyll-and-Hyde mood swings. Any one of these is potentially dangerous, but a man who exhibits them all
The Parents Television Council is a US moralist campaign group. It writes in a press release:
The Parents Television Council has warned parents and advertisers about the premiere of VH1's Dating Naked series, a reality show with contestants who date each other in the nude, and which begins on Thursday, July 17 at 9/8 Central.
Previews for the series show contestants naked on camera for the whole show, with the nudity being partially obscured through pixilation. PTC President Tim Winter said:
The core of the TV show's premise -- people dating in the nude -- should be troubling for most parents, and it should absolutely land the show on any responsible advertisers' do-not-buy list. VH1 obviously thinks this is an 'edgy' show, perhaps
even groundbreaking, but what's clear is that this is the kind of TV programming that is an affront to most families.
Because of the forced-bundling of cable network programming, every cable subscriber in the country must pay VH1 for this sordid material. Parents should not be required to underwrite this program with their subscription dollars, and advertisers
should be mindful not to associate their hard-earned brand reputations by sponsoring it. Corporate sponsors should heed the market research showing how brands were perceived negatively when their ads appeared alongside explicit content.
The PTC is sending an urgent call of caution to parents. We will be holding publicly to account any companies and products that choose to advertise on the premiere of this program and on any subsequent episodes. And we will cite the actions of
this Viacom-owned network in our comments supporting Cablevision's antitrust lawsuit challenging the legality of Viacom's network-bundling scheme.
The christian morality campaign group, One Million Moms, spouts:
Payday candy bars (owned by the Hershey Company) has launched a new marketing campaign symbolizing nudity and encouraging exposing oneself. This distasteful advertisement portrays the candy bar undressing as the wrapper is peeled away to expose a
The commercial voiceover includes:
It's the candy bar that is too hot for TV - in all its naked glory - stripped of chocolate with nothing but salty, roasted peanuts on soft, sweet caramel. A Payday bar will get you through your day - Expose Yourself to Payday.
Now parents cannot purchase Payday or any Hershey products with a clean conscience. This inappropriate advertisement is morally wrong and promotes illegal behavior.
A flyer advertising natural breast augmentation and liposuction for a Wade Laser Clinic has caused 'outrage' in the town of Bountiful, Utah. 75 or so residents who found these flyers in their mailboxes recently attended a rally outside the clinic
to protest what they ludicrously claimed to be pornography.
Pamela Atkinson of the Utah Coalition Against Pornography spouted:
We have to stand up and say this is wrong! We don't like it when a business in Bountiful mails out a flyer that's semi-pornographic and children in our homes see that flyer.
She was one of a handful of speakers who rallied the crowd who gathered in the parking lot of Wade Laser Clinic. Davis County prosecutor Troy Rawlings told the crowd there was nothing illegal with the mailer, but claimed it could be harmful to
young people who see it as the ideal:
What you're doing here today matters. It's not just an issue of what's moral or what's right in a decency standpoint - it's what it's doing physiologically and the impact it will have on them the rest of their life.
The Parents Television Council is calling on its members and other concerned citizens to file indecency complaints to the FCC over a recent episode of CBS' Reckless that contained explicit sexual content.
The TV-14 (SLV)-rated episode aired on June 29, 2014, at 9 pm ET/PT and 8 pm CT/MT and included these scenes: The episode opened with a woman being pulled over by a police officer and handcuffed to a fence while the officer and the woman had sex.
Another scene showed a male attorney watching a video of a woman who was purportedly drugged and then undressed and sexually assaulted by four men on the hood of a police car. In another scene, the same attorney and a female attorney watch the
same video of the sexual assault together and subsequently talked about how it turned them on.
PTC President Tim Winter said:
We believe these sexually explicit scenes on CBS' 'Reckless' constitute a violation of the broadcast indecency law due to the patently offensive sexual content airing when children are likely to be in the audience. It is even more troubling that
CBS chose to rate the episode as appropriate for 14-year-old children. This is just the latest example of the strained credibility of the TV content rating system.
CBS must be held accountable for using the publicly owned airwaves to beam to every home in the nation repeated graphic depictions of a woman ostensibly being sexually assaulted. As such, we are asking members and others concerned about how TV
impacts children to file FCC indecency complaints over this episode.
ABC Family Channel's new program Mystery Girls does not involve innocent detectives fighting crime as parents might hope, but instead is just another show primarily about sexual encounters.
The show airs during primetime when children are likely watching. The season premiere aired Wednesday evening at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT, and with a 14 DL rating it is not suitable for young viewers.
The majority of the content in this nonfamily channel program is adult oriented and includes sexual references and innuendos. The first episode centered on the search for a lost sex tape, which involves forgotten identity of the partner in the
tape, not remembering all past sexual partners and a fake funeral.
Mystery Girls is not the Nancy Drew type detective program one might expect on a family network. This show is inappropriate for any network but especially for a family channel. This program is vulgar and vile and needs to be removed from
the air immediately.
A Hindu sound bite specialist has expressed his disbelief at Urban Outfitters for selling a duvet cover featuring the religious character, Ganesh.
The perennial whinger, Rajan Zed, the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism said in a statement:
[Lord Ganesh is] highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be slept (or sexed) upon. Inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt
Ganesh is considered by Hindus to be the remover of obstacles, as well as the patron saint of arts and sciences and the deity of intellect and wisdom.
Warning to parents! ABC Family Channel has introduced yet another sex laden adult sitcom. The Young & Hungry premiere aired Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT and, with a 14 DLS rating, is not suitable
for young viewers. The show is airing at a time when children are likely watching. Not only is the program broadcast during primetime, but it will attract a young audience with the title and with the main character being played by the same
actress who played the best friend of Disney's Hannah Montana .
The show includes sexual references, innuendos, foul language, homosexual attraction, one night stands and excessive alcohol consumption. Specific examples of content aired during the new thirty-minute family channel sitcom
Main character, a young personal chef, gets drunk and sleeps with her new boss after the boss's girlfriend breaks up with him
Discussions about sex preferences and experiences during majority of the episode
Boss and girlfriend both admit to sleeping with someone else the night before
Boss and girlfriend make up and sleep together
Girlfriend is mentally unstable and extremely selfish, with bizarre behavior and unhealthy relationships
Crude humor about utensils used during an OBGYN visit
This program is obscene for any network but especially for a family channel. This show is indecent and offensive and needs to be removed from television immediately. Young & Hungry is a kiddy version of the lewd show Two and a Half Men
In light of the recent removal of American Apparel CEO Dov Charney for sexual harassment and other misconduct, we urge the company to re-examine its advertising techniques and brand identity.
American Apparel's use of pornographic images of young girls in ads has done more to promote a culture of sexual exploitation than sell products, said Morality in Media's Executive Director Dawn Hawkins, noting that the company is losing
millions of dollars annually.
Some of the company's ads depict young girls topless, with pubic hair showing, or with legs spread. Clearly, the company has operated with a 'girls are sex objects' attitude not only in their brand identity, but also in the office where,
according to news reports, the CEO is alleged to have sexually harassed female employees, Hawkins said.
The Washington Post wondered if this event signals, The fashion industry has finally hit porn chic fatigue. We hope this is the case, as these sleazy advertising campaigns profoundly affect the way society views and treats females in our
society, Hawkins noted.
Morality in Media asks the public to contact American Apparel to urge that the company turn away from sexual exploitation. A special web page has been set up for the campaign here .
Hawkins said a letter requesting a meeting with American Apparel was sent today by MIM on behalf of the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation to discuss constructive ways the company can avoid sexually exploitive advertisements. The Coalition is a
broad based group of concerned leaders and more than 140 organizations active in national, state, and local efforts to stop the same sexual exploitation in which American Apparel currently engages.
About 100 protesters lined up in California holding signs and chanting slogans against Roberto Cavalli, an Italian fashion designer who they claim is using an ancient and sacred Islamic symbol to sell his Just Cavalli perfume.
Nasim Bahodorani, a spokeswoman for the Take Off the Just Logo campaign, claimed Cavalli's 'inappropriate' use of the Sufi symbol for commercial gain is offending hundreds of thousands of followers worldwide. Bahadorani said:
This is a symbol that is so meaningful to me and so many others. Roberto Cavalli has sexualized a sacred symbol that stands for the name of Allah and represents verses from the holy Quran.
Similar protests have been staged in London and in several cities in the United States outside Roberto Cavalli stores.
Moralists from the religious campaign group call for followers to write to advertisers of the TV drama, Mistresses:
Mistresses season premiere aired on ABC this week and the name says it all. I suppose the name Living in Sin didn't sound as appealing. This unoriginal show is strikingly similar to Desperate Housewives, with four friends
who get themselves tangled in a web of lies and hurt the ones they love. Mistresses airs on Monday evenings at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 CT.
The program Mistresses includes inappropriate content such as adultery, cheating, lies and deceit in explicit and sensually graphic scenes. Our society doesn't need more negative influences than it already has on broadcast airwaves. Even though
the program airs a little later in the evening, it is not late enough since the bedroom scenes are soft p*rn and are included in some previews which air earlier in the evening when children are likely watching. (An asterisk is used to ensure our
emails get through to those who have signed up to receive our alerts. Otherwise referencing specific words would cause our emails to be blocked by some Internet filters.)
Mistresses centers around a group of four women who have no regrets and feel little or no remorse about committing adultery with someone else's husband - or cheating on their own.
Hollywood is continuing to push casual s*x between unmarried couples, some with multiple partners, as acceptable when clearly it is morally wrong.
One Million Moms have another whinge about US TV. The religious campaigners write:
CBS's newest program, Bad Teacher, is exactly what the title suggests; a show about a bad teacher, in more than one sense. What could be misleading is the main character not only lacks teaching skills, experience and education, but also
is lying about who she is just to try to snag a rich, divorced father. Of course, with a TV-14 DL rating you can be assured this will not be for family viewing. However, the name of the show and the school ground setting along with elementary
age cast members will attract young viewers. The content in this program (and even in its commercials) is inappropriate for children and teens and will send the wrong message to America's youth. New episodes air on Thursday evenings at 9:30 p.m.
Unacceptable content in the program includes: sexual innuendos, one night stands, sleeping around, smoking weed, alcohol at school, greed, lying, deception and plans to go away for romantic weekends with different divorced, rich dads whom the
teacher just met.
CBS's newest show is irresponsible and an insult to all good teachers. It is appalling that CBS is airing a show that features immoral behaviour in a positive light while attempting to draw in young viewers with the title and adolescent setting
of the program.
The sculptor who created Blue Human Condition , A censored piece featured in the Adrian Art Discovery installation in downtown Adrian, Michegan, says he was surprised and disappointed to learn that there were people who found it
offensive. Mark Chatterley told Adrian Today:
I thought it was a pretty normal piece that didn't have any kind of sexual connotations. I really had to work at it to think about how it would offend people. I just didn't get it.
The sculptor shows seven androgynous figures resting on each other in various poses. Chatterley said the vision behind the piece was to portray the way people depend on each other. Chatterley explained:
My initial thought was that we all need each other for support. We can't do it alone and we are a global village, so we are all resting on someone else to survive. That's what this piece is about.
Whingers has complained to the city council that the sculpture was sexually suggestive, and the word orgy was used to describe it.
A US pastor has slammed a contemporary sculpture unveiled last month, claiming it depicts a gay sex orgy even though the figures are sexless. Local pastor Rick Strawcutter uploaded a video to YouTube to vent his anger about such a sculpture being
on public display .
In the video, entitled
Adrian City Commission Is Leading Us to Sodom , he not only attacks the sculpture, but also attacks the city commission for voting in favour of equal rights for LGBT people, who he says are an abomination. Everyone I know who sees
this just feels like it is in itself an abomination he said. Making various references to Sodom and Gomorrah, the Bible and God he also attacked what he called the gay agenda.
Support for the artist and the statue is evident as an online petition sprung up in order to stop the town from censoring or removing the sculpture. However, the sculpture was moved to Yew Park, as it was considered there would be less traffic
The Parents Television Council is calling on Fox Broadcasting to immediately remove the explicit video, Easter Bunny's Coming, from its YouTube Channel for its Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD) programming block.
The video short, which is produced and copyrighted by Fox Broadcasting Network, contains graphic cartoon images of fornicating rabbits, multiple unbleeped f-words, harsh references to male sexual anatomy and vulgar slang for ejaculation.
PTC President Tim Winter said:
Nine months ago we issued an urgent warning to parents, as well as a harsh condemnation to Fox Broadcasting and potential sponsors, regarding the network's new 'ADHD' programming block. Fox has now validated our concerns by creating the most
explicit material we've ever seen produced by a broadcast television network. Though still being distributed by Fox only via the Internet, the network is using its weekly broadcast to promote the website, and children are clearly in the cross
hairs. And the recently tarnished retailer, Target, appears to be underwriting explicit material on the 'ADHD' website.
We thought we had seen the worst of 'ADHD' when Fox aired a segment several months ago with high school characters gleefully taking cell phone pictures of their genitals and texting the photos to other students. That content pales in comparison
to the material in this new video.
The animated Easter Bunny clip, which runs 2 minutes and 19 seconds in duration, features over a dozen unbleeped 'f-words;' depictions of dozens of fornicating rabbits; more than a dozen instances of a vulgar slang term for ejaculation; a
depiction of a male character eating rabbit feces; and music lyrics that are grotesquely sexualizing and misogynistic. An overt reference to Christians and Jews only adds to the offensive nature of a video being promoted during Holy Week and
The 'ADHD' Easter Bunny segment isn't some random Internet video, it's easily X-rated material that directly targets, and appeals to, children. The content is produced and copyrighted by one of the major commercial broadcast television networks
and they're using the publicly-owned airwaves as a promotional vehicle to drive traffic to the 'ADHD' website. The suits at Fox will need to explain how such a use of their broadcast licenses fulfills their statutory public interest obligation.
The Parents Television Council welcomed the news that Fox Broadcasting has decided to cancel its Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD) programming block, and praised the efforts of parents and families across the country for raising their
According to Broadcasting & Cable: Some [Fox affiliates] had tired of fielding calls from upset viewers.
PTC President Tim Winter said:
Parents and families across the country rose up and called on their local Fox affiliates not to air 'ADHD' because of the violent and sexually explicit content, which routinely used familiar and beloved children's characters as tropes. We
congratulate our members on their activism which has led Fox Broadcasting to make this wise decision.
NBC's newest program, About A Boy , could be misleading to parents with this title, but with a TV-14 rating you can be assured this will not be for family viewing. The name of the show along with the age of the primary cast member
will attract young viewers. The content in this program, and even its commercials, is inappropriate for young viewers.
The show uses foul language and includes sexual encounters and innuendos throughout the entire thirty-minute program.
NBC's newest show is irresponsible and tasteless. It is appalling that NBC intends to air a show that features immoral behavior in a positive light while attempting to draw in young viewers with the title and adolescent plot of the program. The
network should be ashamed of themselves for also exposing this young male actor to this filth and crude humor.
New episodes air on Tuesday evenings at 9:00 p.m. EST/8:00 CST.
Religious morality campaigners, One Million Moms, praise the CBS TV comedy Mom :
CBS is Still Making Moms Look Awful
If possible, try to imagine the worst possible characteristics a mother could have. Then multiply that by ten, and you have the entire theme of the television program Mom. The characters of the mom and her mother both set terrible
examples and are the farthest from positive role models for women today. Children will also see this program - which airs entirely too early considering the content presented - and they will be affected negatively by this broken television
CBS's newest program, Mom , could mislead parents with this title, but with a TV-14 DL rating, you can be assured this will not be for family viewing. The name of the show along with the age of the child cast members will attract young
viewers. The content in this program and in its commercials is inappropriate and will send the wrong message to America's youth.
Offensive content in the program includes: teen pregnancies, affairs, sexual innuendos, drug use, alcohol abuse, crude language and mocking Christianity.
New episodes air on Monday evenings at 9:30 p.m. ET/8:30 CT.
US morality campaigners, Morality in Media (Mim), have had a pop at Verizon over a video on demand system that offers hardcore programming.
Verizon have a fibre optic service called FiOS which bundles TV and internet access. It offers a wide range of films available on demand.
Morality In Media have noticed that a few titles that reference incest and teens, but of course are just playing acting, and feature only adults with proof of age documents strictly maintained on record.
MiM noted titles like I Banged My Stepdad, Mom, Daughter and Me , and Pigtail Teens Pounded that are featured on FiOS. Patrick A. Trueman, Morality in Media's president, wrote in a letter to Verizon:
Verizon should not be profiting from child sex fantasy videos. In fact Verizon should not profit from pornography at alld. America's children and families are suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography and since Verizon became a leading porn
distributor, it is responsible for much of that harm.
In a letter to MIM, Verizon's Associate Director for Advertising and Content Standards John P. Artney defended the company's choice to provide the content, noting that consumers today have extraordinary choice in and control over the content
available to them across these networks:
The explosion in choice is a tremendous benefit to consumers, but not all consumers want to have access to all content for themselves and their families all of the time. Not all content is desirable to or appropriate for all consumers, however,
and Verizon is proud to provide our customers with myriad tools to control the types of content that they and their families have access to through our service.
Trueman was unsurprisingly unimpressed by Verizon's reply and responded:
Verizon needs to show some corporate responsibility. America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography and that harm falls particularly hard on children, he told FOX411. We are coordinating with the members of our coalition, numbering 146
groups across the U. S., to alert the public to Verizon's pornography distribution. We have notified the board of Verizon through letters of our position on Verizon's distribution of pornography. We will publish responses from the board and will
continue to press and shame the board if no action is taken.
The former leader of a US 'church' that was widely known for its inflammatory anti-gay protests has died, his family has said.
The Reverend Fred Phelps Sr, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, died on Wednesday evening at 84.
The church, made up mostly of his family, rose to international notoriety with its practice of picketing funerals of fallen US troops.
It claimed their deaths were punishment for America's tolerance of gay people. Their signs read Thank God for dead soldiers and Thank God for 9/11 and the like, and bore messages offensive to gay and lesbian people.
In 2011 the church won a major legal victory when the US Supreme Court ruled it could not be sued for monetary damages for inflicting pain on grieving families.
Perennial moral campaigners of One Million Moms have their latest whinge against a US cereal advert:
Nabisco should be ashamed of themselves for their latest Honey Maid and Teddy Graham cracker commercial where they attempt to normalize sin. Right away it shows two men with a baby, followed by other families, and ends with different families
pictured including the one with two dads. This commercial not only promotes homosexuality, but then calls the scene in the advertisement wholesome. The ad states, Everyday wholesome snacks for every wholesome family. This is wholesome.
One Million Moms stands up for Biblical truth which is very clear in Romans 1:26-27 about this particular type of sexual perversion.
Honey Maid is also using the hashtag #thisiswholesome. There is concern about the way this ad is pushing the LGBT agenda, but an even greater concern is the way that they are changing the meaning of the word wholesome.
This is truly sad. If this is what Honey Maid thinks is wholesome, then my family will no longer purchase Honey Maid or Nabisco products.
The clean up TV moralist group, The Parents Television Council whinged on their website about a US TV series, Reign :
The Parents Television Council condemned the CW Network for its plans to give children online access to a more sexually explicit version of tonight's episode of Reign by adding in scenes that the network's own standards department cut and
then posting the episode on the channel's web site tomorrow, without age verification mechanisms.
Dan Isett, PTC director of communications and policy said:
The CW Network is doing parents no favors by allowing children unfettered access to sexual content from this young adult and teen-targeted show online. It's appalling that a broadcast network would flaunt broadcast standards in this manner and
the network should be condemned for this action.
This is nothing more than a network ploy to increase attention for its show, but it comes at the expense of children. Anyone with common sense should realize that online standards for broadcast networks should be the same as they are on
television. There's a reason that the CW Network's own standards department cut the two sex scenes from the broadcast version -- they weren't appropriate for television. So what makes them appropriate to post online where presumably children
will be able to watch them with no rating or blocking capability? Nothing. The CW Network should be ashamed.
The religious morality campaign group, One Million Moms, writes:
Red Robin's new burger The D.G.B. - short for That's One Damn Great Burger - has an ad campaign that is following a trend of using profanity in its advertising. Red Robin is replicating a form of media that is intended to be
naughty and catchy, but it should be avoided if a company is concerned with its reputation.
Marketing campaigns using profanity are never appropriate, especially when advertising food for a family restaurant. Offensive ads cause parents to lose their appetites and their respect for a company.
Morality in Media announces the 2014 Dirty Dozen List , a compilation of the leading facilitators of pornography in America.
Patrick A. Trueman, President of Morality in Media said:
Once again Attorney General Eric Holder tops our Dirty Dozen List for his support of pornographers over children and families. As the pandemic of harm from pornography grows, Holder gives criminal pornographers the green light to proceed by
stopping all enforcement of federal obscenity laws.
Among others, the latest List includes the social networking site Tumblr for its embrace of pornographic offerings, PlayStation for it's live streamed pornography and sexually violent games, and Verizon for its FIOS TV porn offerings including
many with child or teen themes, sexual slavery plots, and racial overtones.
The full list includes:
Attorney General Eric Holder -- Mr. Holder refuses to enforce existing federal obscenity laws against hardcore adult pornography, despite the fact that these laws have been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and effectively enforced by
previous attorneys general.
Verizon -- Verizon pushes porn into our homes now through hardcore pay-per-view movies on FIOS, smartphones, and tablets and as an Internet Service Provider with insufficient filtering options.
Sex Week -- Yale and other colleges and universities repeatedly offer Sex Week on campus. Porn stars are routinely invited to lecture and pornography that glamourizes fantasy rape is screened.
Playstation -- PlayStation's live-streaming abilities are filling thousands of homes with live porn and the PlayStation Store sells hundreds of pornographic and sexually violent games.
Facebook -- Facebook has become a top place to trade pornography, child pornography and for sexual exploitation. Facebook's guidelines prohibit such behavior, but the company is doing little to enforce them.
Barnes & Noble -- This Fortune 500 Company is a major supplier of adult pornography and child erotica. They regularly put pornography near the children's sections in their stores and provide free, unfiltered porn publications on
their Nook e-reader.
Hilton -- This hotel chain, like Hyatt, Starwood and many other top hotel chains, provides hardcore pornography movie choices. Porn channels are often the first advertisement on their in-room TVs.
American Library Association -- The ALA encourages public libraries to keep their computers unfiltered and allow patrons, including children, to access pornography.
Google -- Google's empire thrives on porn. Porn is easily available, even to children, through YouTube, GooglePlay, Google Images and Google Ads.
Tumblr -- This popular social media blogging site bombards users with porn. Users must only be 13 and the filters do not work.
50 Shades of Gray -- This bestselling book series and upcoming movie are normalizing sexual violence, domination, and torture of women. Oprah Winfrey Network, Broadway and other mainstream outlets have even promoted this abusive
Cosmopolitan Magazine -- The magazine is a full-on pornographic, how-to sex guide, encouraging women to accept the pornified culture around them. They specifically market this content to teen girls.
The morality campaigners of One Million Moms spout:
The cover of the Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Swimsuit Issue features three topless models hugging with their backs turned and focuses on the thong bikini bottoms they wear. There is also a side view of one model's breast. The SI Swimsuit
Issue is nothing but soft porn and most closely resembles Playboy magazine. This soft core pornography is displayed in many family stores, often at checkout counters which is extremely offensive, disgusting and disrespectful to families. This
type of publishing is also degrading to women.
Families should be able to enter supermarkets, convenience and drug stores without being subjected to indecency. Since SI is pushing pornography this magazine needs to be removed from stores, or at least moved to the magazine aisle so families
can avoid being exposed to this filth. Customers can choose to avoid the magazine aisle, but they cannot escape when the magazine is displayed at the checkout counters and lanes. Also, SI should place this in a nontransparent plastic cover to
protect minors who are browsing the magazine aisle.
The 2014 issue hits newsstands and digital formats next week.
Send an email letter to Sports Illustrated now! Let them know they are pushing pornography and that this year's issue in particular is nothing more than soft porn. Also, request they only display their swimsuit edition on the magazine aisle in
nontransparent plastic bags and away from entrances, checkout counters and lanes.
Even though SI has an opt-out option for magazine subscribers, families should let the company know that if the magazine refuses to cover the models appropriately without anything exposed then you will cancel your entire magazine subscription.
This way, you will no longer financially support a company participating in the printing of soft porn. Sports Illustrated needs to realize families do not want indecency shoved in their face.
Morality in Media has announced StopTraffickingDemand.com, a website dedicated to propaganda attempting to link porn with sex trafficking. The site will bring together moralist commissioned research, nutter testimony and personal accounts to try
and convince the public there is a connection between the two.
Claimed links between pornography and sex trafficking include:
porn-users often seek to act out what they have viewed in pornography;
pornography is often used as a training tool to show victims how to perform;
pimps often use pornography to advertise their victims and to make more money;
trafficking takes place within the mainstream porn industry.
The Parents Television Council is calling on its members to file indecency complaints over an episode of Fox Broadcasting's Dads , which featured an implied depiction of and references to semen, and references to masturbation. The episode
was rated TV-14 and aired at 8 pm Eastern/7:00 pm Central on January 14.
The following are the sexual scenes that were featured in this episode:
Veronica: You don't have a caring bone in your body.
Eli: Yes, I do. My bone cared for her twice last night. And a bendy third time.
Warner uses a UV light to disinfect Veronica's desk.
Warner: These things are amazing. It even lights up semen.
Warner's dad enters, waving "Hi" to everyone. The UV light picks up traces of semen, presumably, on his hand.
Camila tries to watch television with David and Crawford nearby.
Camila: What about that show "Girls"?
David: Hey, I'm trying to get erections, not lose them.
PTC President Tim Winter said:
We are urging members of the public to file a formal FCC indecency complaint over this episode of 'Dads.
Parents who have been told repeatedly by the entertainment industry to rely on the TV content ratings system have been fooled once again given this episode's very low TV-14 rating. How is a semen scene appropriate for 14-year-old children?
If parents can't rely on the television ratings system to give them accurate and consistent information about the programs their families might be watching, then the system is worthless -- serving only to give the networks cover as they continue
to push the limits of what is deemed acceptable for the broadcast medium.
We urge the FCC to investigate this 'Dads' episode on behalf of families across the nation.
The christian moralist campaign group, One Million Moms has called for sponsors to withdraw from the Disney Channel show, Good Luck Charlie . The group spews:
Alerting all parents! If Good Luck Charlie goes through with introducing LGBT content, then the floodgates will be opened for all programs on the Disney Channel - a trend that will be almost impossible to stop.
Disney Channel has very few sponsors and advertisers on its network. Care.com was the only Disney Channel sponsor that was promoted during the January 19, 2014, newest episode of Good Luck Charlie. Care.com often sponsors programs on the Disney
An upcoming episode in this last season of Good Luck Charlie will feature a family with two moms, a first for Disney Channel. Because Good Luck Charlie is coming to a close, the characters are only expected to appear in one episode. However, one
episode is enough, especially since the network repeatedly airs reruns of all its programs.
One Million Moms launched an email campaign in 2013 that urged Disney officials to abandon their plans to corrupt the children's network with LGBT content. However, Disney officials have not responded to the thousands of emails protesting their
plans. Disney has decided to be politically correct instead of providing family-friendly programming. Disney should stick to entertaining, not pushing an agenda.
The winter season premiere of The Fosters aired this past Monday on ABC Family Channel. The 14-D (the D is for suggestive dialogue) rated show is packed full of inappropriate content for what is supposed to be a
The controversial plot includes a lesbian couple raising children together, but that is only the beginning of the not family-friendly content in this program. But because family is a misleading part of the network's
name, we thought another warning was needed for anyone who continues to watch the channel.
ABC Family's show The Fosters is about two women attempting to redefine marriage while also raising foster, adopted and biological children. New episodes will continue to air on Monday evenings at 9:00pm ET/8:00pm CT.
In addition, frequent promos are airing for this series during primetime and during G rated programs on multiple channels. These promos include the two women nude in bed together while hugging and kissing, teen with a bloody face and teen bashing
in a car windshield with a baseball bat.
Unacceptable content in the season premiere included:
Lesbians on their honeymoon lying naked in bed together while hugging and kissing
Grandmother admits to staying with a past boyfriend she did not really like only because she loved his bed
Engaging in casual conversation with prostitutes and asking for their help
Moralist campaigners One Million Mums are trying to get the US office supplies chain, Staples, to withdraw its 'What the L' adverts. The group writes:
The new Staples ad campaign uses the tagline What the L! We all know children repeat what they hear. Everyone knows exactly what the company is implying with the mock swearing, but their commercials make sure there is no doubt of their
intentions to push the advertising envelope. Staples printed ad spells out STAP ES (minus the L), - leading to the question, What the L is going on?
Staples commercials use these slogans: There will be L to pay; L if I know; Get the L out of here; All L has broken loose and What the L is going on.
Staples' ads (airing on broadcast airwaves and in print) are irresponsible and offensive. They are extremely destructive and damaging to impressionable children who will be exposed to this suggested profanity.
Send Staples an email letter and urge them to no longer produce marketing campaigns that cross the line, to pull the newest What the L commercials off the air and stop circulation of the printed ad immediately.