The Parents Television Council announced the companies that it chose for its annual Best/Worst Advertisers List. The Best companies on this list have demonstrated willingness to support positive TV programming including TV shows that
routinely feature sex, violence, and profanity, and have not responded to moralist calls to reevaluate their sponsorship behavior.
Some of those shows include: Family Guy , which over the past year has featured 'jokes' about sexually assaulting children; Wicked City , a serial killer-focused drama that routinely shows graphic violence and sex; Scream Queens
, which shows graphic gore akin to R-rated horror movies.
PTC asks Americans to use this list as they begin their holiday shopping, to reward the good ones and avoid the bad ones.
Worst miserable gits
Best fun filled sponsors
Nestle; Mondelez International (Trident, Dentyne, Bubblicious, Toblerone)
In an interview Breitbart News Daily, Tim Winter president of the US morality campaign, Parents Television Council, discussed how the Hollywood echo chamber is responsible for pushing increasingly violent and sexualized television
programming at families and why adult-oriented cable channels like the FX Network should not be included in basic cable packaging. Winters whinged:
It used to be, when you turned on the TV, you could see something during most times of the day that the family could watch together. And sadly, that just isn't true anymore,
Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon spoke of TV programming during times when families now watch as being: so edgy, so in your [face], and anti-authoritarian. He asked Winter to explain why it is this way instead of
being designed to keep families across America in the viewing audience.
The folks who program the cable networks, really are a small group of folks who are [well] acquainted with each other, and they mostly like the same thing, and they are able to program the way they want to program for themselves.
He pointed out that this poses a problem for families that subscribe to cable for an array of television programming like news and sports because channels which he claimed would have once been considered pornographic are now lumped in with
certain standard news or sports packages. He repeated his commonly aired gripe:
If you want to get Fox News, you also have to take and pay for some of these pornographic channels.
Winter specifically cited the FX Network as a supplier of content that children should be shielded from. He said it contains some of the most violent and most sexually explicit content that the Parents Television Council has ever
seen on basic cable.
Of course Winter had to get in a big but. He said it isn't about being a censor or a prude ...BUT... about letting children be children without simultaneously having them exposed to things that their parents are trying
to shield them from seeing.
A new US morality group has started up to try and convince companies to extend their corporate website blocking lists to include sites that the campaigners don't like.
Called the BEST Employer Alliance (BEST stands for Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking ), the group has partnered with the City of Seattle, King County, and a slew of private companies in an anti-sex trafficking effort. The groups aims to
have sites like backpage.com blocked in offices and other workplaces. BEST Executive Director Mar Brettman said in an interview with the Daily Dot after the initiative launched in September:
We have partnered with both the county and the city of Seattle, which are both significant employers in the region. And we have 18 employers total representing 125,000 employees.
That's a lot of people who can no longer access Backpage during working hours. And according to a study that King County prosecutors conducted in collaboration with Google last winter, most sex work clients book appointments during the afternoon
hours while they are at work.
Morality in Media seem to be the main organisers behind the campaign. You'd think the world has a few more pressing issues than worrying about people enjoying adult entertainment, but there you go. Morality in Media describe the
The National White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week brings together hundreds of national, state and local groups, along with driven concerned citizens in a massive effort to educate the public on the harms from pornography and the many
resources available to aid those affected. National WRAP Week always starts the last Sunday of October.
The Parents Television Council is hyaving a good whinge about gruesome scenes in American Horror Story: Hotel.
The moralist campaign group has ranted at the show for the season premiere, which featured a bloody orgy between Matthew Bomer, Lady Gaga, two ill-fated lovers, and a rape scene involving Max Greenfield in which his character is violated with a
spiked sex toy.
The PTC president, Tim Winter, wrote that the premiere featured an unbelievably explicit combination of sex and violence and attempted to rouse support from other Americans to boycott the series, along with banding together to discourage
advertisers from being associated with the show. He colourfully claimed:
This is the most vile and shocking content I've ever seen on TV. Ever. Most Americans have no idea this is primetime fare on advertiser-supported basic cable. And everyone is paying for it as part of their program bundle.
American Horror Story: Hotel airs well after the watershed at 10pm, and with the word horror in the title, it's unlikely that there will be many accidental viewers.
The US morality campaign group, The Parents Television Council, writes:
The Parents Television Council (PTC) is urging McDonald's to reconsider sponsoring Fox Broadcasting's new series, Scream Queens , which has featured graphic gore and sexual content that would typically be seen in R-rated movies, and that
airs as early as 7 pm in half of the country. McDonald's ads have appeared on the first four episodes of the new TV show.
The PTC's review of Scream Queens said, Parents are warned: mean-spirited, sexualized, gory horror show is unsafe for children of any age. Content in the show has included a character's face being fried in hot cooking fat; another character is
sprayed with hydrochloric acid, with close-ups showing her bloody skin burning and melting off; several young sorority pledges are buried in the ground up to their necks while the Devil drives over their heads on a riding mower. The episode that
aired on October 6 th featured a discussion about necrophilia.
PTC President Tim Winter said:
The Golden Arches brand now stands for sexual fantasies with dead people and with decapitating college coeds. No wonder McDonald's is having problems attracting families, when millions of the company's media dollars underwrite such content on
Scream Queens early in the evening on primetime broadcast TV.
Not only is McDonald's financing a toxic media culture, they are hurting their own pocketbooks. We urge McDonald's to do well and to do good at the same time, by changing course and recognizing what scientific research has already proven to be
true -- that advertising on TV shows with explicit content can truly be bad for business.
One such study is from the Department of Psychology at Iowa State University and suggests that programs with high levels of violent or sexual content can actually repress the viewers' ability to recall advertised brands. By contrast, subjects
who watched 'neutral' programming were better able to recall the ads the following day.
Nevertheless, and amid falling sales, McDonald's corporate marketing team has continued to compromise its image and reputation as a family-friendly fast-food destination with poor sponsorship decisions; and those sponsorship decisions are
hurting the McDonald's brand, hurting McDonald's reputation with families, and hurting their franchisees.
It's time for McDonald's to stop sponsoring offensive and harmful TV content, especially early in primetime when the content is so easily accessible to kids.
A group of young moralists from Salt Lake City, Utah have started a billboard campaign in California's Bay Area using the slogan Porn Kills Love. Fight For Love. They say they want to arouse people's interests as to how porn could be
changing and affecting their relationships. Clay Olson, CEO of Fight the New Drug, told the San Francisco Chronicle:
Our goal is not to pass legislation or even attack the industry directly. Our goal is to spark a conversation around the subject using science , facts, and personal accounts.
The group has reportedly started the hashtag #pornkillslove on social media, which has gained momentum with tweets from people on opposing sides of the porn spectrum. They are not religiously-affiliated, although the founders are Mormons .
One Million Moms, a christian morality group, spout:
ABC's New Adaptation of The Muppets is for Adults Only!
One Million Moms (IMM) suspects there are going to be a lot of shocked moms and dads when they discover that the family-friendly Muppets of the 1970s are no more. It appears that no subject is off limits. ABC's new Muppet Show, airing on Tuesday
evenings at 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT, is not what Jim Henson imagined and created. The new show is aimed at a mature, modern audience and addresses subjects not suitable for family viewing.
It's sort of an adult Muppet show, Kermit the Frog said during a promotional video for the show. One ad read, Finally, a network TV show with full frontal nudity. Technically, the advertisement is correct -- seeing how Kermit
doesn't wear pants.
The mature version of The Muppets will cover a range of topics from sex to drugs. Miss Piggy came out as a pro-choice feminist during an MSNBC interview. The puppet characters loved by kids in the 1970s and 1980s and beyond are now
weighing in on abortion and promiscuity.
ABC hopes children watch the show and predict they would enjoy some of the humor, but 1MM would disagree. It is not the show it once was. ABC has ruined The Muppets. How many parents want to explain the punchline of sexually charged jokes
to young children?
Many parents unknowingly will let their children watch an episode only to find out its perverted nature too late, unless they are alerted ahead of time. 1MM and others need to get the word out to families to avoid this program at all costs.
Perennial Hindu whinger, Rajan Zed, has turned his attention to a Doctor Who comic book, The Twelfth Doctor: Volume 3.
Doctor Who fan site Kasterborous described the storyline of the episode:
The Kaliratha are like the demon Raktabija, an innumerable threat that seems to increase in size whenever one of its horde falls. Unlike Raktibija, however, the Kaliratha are the servants of Kali, Goddess of time and death. One would be hard
pressed to find a more apt villain for a Doctor Who story taking place in India.
Zed took easy offence at a website description of the episode:
Kali, oldest and deadliest of these creatures, was thought defeated long, long ago; her body scattered throughout time to prevent her return.
Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in Nevada, called for Titan Comics to withdraw the comic, both from stores and online, and offer a public apology from all those responsible. He said that the goddess Kali was meant to be
worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be thrown around loosely in reimagined versions for dramatic effect in comics. And that calling her a creature was hurtful to her devotees.
Zed spouted that Hindus are in favor of free speech as much as anybody else, if not more so ....BUT... faith is something sacred, and any attempts at belittling faith hurts the devotees.
Titan comics apologised for any 'offence' caused by the representation of Kali in this comic and said:
This particular character is an alien that uses the iconography of Kali to infiltrate India in the 1800s. The story eventually reveals that this entity is not the goddess of the Hindu faith. Titan s Doctor Who comics draw inspiration from
historical events and cultural traditions from all over the globe .
The Parents Television Council has enjoyed a good whinge about Miley Cyrus being sexy at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). PTC President Tim Winter spouted:
MTV had an opportunity to use its powerful VMA platform to stir a young audience to aspire to something positive and uplifting. Instead they chose to perpetuate blatant sexualization -- much of it self-inflicted by the artists -- and to
celebrate the use of illegal drugs. MTV rated the content of the program as appropriate for a child as young as 14, though most parents of teens that age would find such a content rating preposterous. In the end, the network succeeded in what it
wanted to do: stir up controversy without regard to its impact on an entertainment environment that is increasingly toxic for children.
Are we surprised that Miley Cyrus exposed herself to millions of viewers, and to more people who will inevitably see the news in the mainstream media? About as surprised as we'll be if the sun rises in the east tomorrow morning. We had hoped she
would have proven us wrong and demonstrate her considerable talent as a performer, rather than rely on her own sexuality to entertain the audience.??
It's also unfortunate that the VMAs were underwritten by the vast majority of Americans who were forced to pay for MTV on their cable bills, but who don't give a damn about the VMAs.??
MTV and Cyrus could both be forces for something positive, but tonight's VMA partners relied on exposing millions of children to graphic, inappropriate and far-too-frequently offensive content.
The Daily Mail reported the PTC statement and added a little about Miley's nipple:
MTV had promoted the probability of outrageous goings on at the VMAs ahead of time by letting it be known there would be a delay and a dump button if necessary.
Despite that, much of the bad language managed to make it through and Miley was briefly exposed while changing backstage partially concealed behind a curtain.
The camera cut away, but not before she was heard saying, Oh, what's happening? Oh sorry, my tit's out?
Following the show, the 22-year-old went backstage where she lit up a joint as she talked to the media.
She then offered to pass it around the press corps and according to TMZ , some of the reporters and photographers indulged.
And of course the Daily Mail printed all the best and sexiest pictures (except Miley's nipple which was pixellated). See
Morality in Media is wetting its pants over the fact that Hilton Hotels & Resorts has announced a policy change: They will no longer give guests the choice to watch X-rated fare on their in-room TV system.
In an emailed announcement to supporters, Morality in Media crowed:
Thanks to thousands of complaints from customers, and our leadership, Hilton has decided to make their hotels a safe environment and to no longer profit from sexual exploitation.
We want to publicly thank Hilton for its decision to create a safe and positive environment for all of its customers.
Hilton Worldwide will phase out pornographic programming from its hotel rooms' video-on-demand inventory. The company said that it currently doesn't offer pornographic films in the vast majority of its hotels and will phase it out at the
remainder of properties subject to the terms of their contracts. Hilton said in a statement:
We have listened carefully to our customers and have determined that adult video-on-demand entertainment is not in keeping with our company's vision and goals moving forward.
The US morality campaign group, Morality in Media (now misleading calling itself the National Center for Sexual Exploitation), is campaigning for US retailers to cover up the magazine. The group whinges:
Cosmopolitan Magazine glamorizes things like public, anal, group, or violent sex in nearly all of their issues. We are asking that Cosmo be sold to adults only and have the cover wrapped like all other porn magazines in retail shops.
This staple of the supermarket checkout line is as pornographic as Playboy magazine. While it may not have many nude pictures (though they have started throwing them into recent issues), this publication has steadily declined from a somewhat
inspirational women's magazine to a verbally pornographic how-to sex guide. Cosmo is leading the way in further desensitizing young women and girls to accept and participate in the pornified and sexually violent culture around them.
Pornography desensitizes and entices the user to try harder and more deviant material. Cosmo, like Playboy, Hustler and other mainstream porn, is trying hard to keep up with this fact by writing even more provocative and explicit articles.
Common themes of the last year include repeatedly inviting women to participate in anal, oral, public, and violent torture sex and each issue tauts that it has more and better sex tips than the previous issue.
In recent years, Cosmo has started to blatantly target young girls to expand their audience and increase profits. Many of their covers feature teen idols, meant to entice young girls into buying the magazine. They include feature stories from
Disney stars and teen icons. A search of #MyCosmo or #CosmoGirl on social media yields pictures, tweets and comments from teen girls around the world gushing about trying Cosmo's tips and trying to be like women of Cosmo Magazine.
Join us in the fight to get supermarkets and other family-oriented stores to put wrappers on Cosmo Magazine and to stop selling it to children and teens.
In response a few US retailers agreed to cover up Cosmopolitan. All stores owned by Rite Aid and Delhaize America (Food Lion and Hannaford Stores) agreed to censor the latest issue of the magazine.
The campaign was initiated in April by Victoria Hearst, the born-again Christian granddaughter of the Hearst Corporation founder. The campaign aims to force all retailers to censor the publication, and also stop selling it to under 18s. And
bizarrely Cosmopolitan is owned by the Hearst Corporation.
The Green Inferno is a 2013 USA horror thriller by Eli Roth.
Starring Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy and Aaron Burns.
A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished.
The US group Amazon Watch is petitioning people to boycott Eli Roth's The Green Inferno (which seems to be already being boycotted by distributors). The group writes in a petition:
Films like this have always portrayed negative stereotypes against indigenous people as brute savages. These films have psychological effect as indigenous people have been through colonial trauma assimilating to white culture being taught self
hate. Westerners are unfortunately ignorant about Amazonian indigenous cultures and depicting them in such a violent story dehumanizes their peoples and couldn't be farther from reality. Shame on you.
It's a shame, we should be creating stories than accurately depict indigenous way of life which is holistic, sustainable, spiritual and harmonious with our earth and brothers and sisters. If you want to save the Amazon and stop China from buying
leases to drill oil, make a story depicting the corporate shills for the murderers that they really are. You don't have to create racist, offensive, inaccurate crap to get people to care about the most biodiverse place on the earth.
Christian campaign group, One Million Moms writes:
TV Land calls their new program Impastor an irreverend new comedy. Christians are calling it disgusting!
Impastor is a show set to air July 15 10:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. CT that includes a man stealing someone's identity who happens to be a pastor. The main character, posing as a gay preacher, recently hired sight unseen by a church that was aware of
his lifestyle choice, but then start to notice other characteristics not typical of a pastor. The previews which air earlier in the evening are including the pastor having extensive knowledge of the quality of drugs and insinuating sexual
relations with fruit such as cantaloupe. The church secretary catches the pastor sleeping around with women and other behaviors not typical of a Christian, much less a pastor.
This show not only depicts pastors in a negative light, but the entire program will also be based on lies about Christianity. TV Land has crossed the line by belittling the Christian religion with foul jokes.
The christian morality campaign group, One Million Moms, gushes over a new TV sitcom:
It is almost impossible to describe the depth of depravity found in the new TV Land sitcom, Younger . It airs on Tuesday nights at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 CT.
This new program is horrendous. Younger is the new version of Desperate Housewives or Sex in the City , which doesn't come as a surprise since it is written, produced, and directed by Darren Star (Sex and the
TV Land network describes the show in these words:
Younger follows 40-year-old Liza, a suddenly single mother who tries to get back into the working world, only to find out it's nearly impossible to start at the bottom at her age. When a chance encounter with a 20-something
guy at a bar convinces her she looks younger than she is, Liza tries to pass herself off as 26 not only to land her dream job but also to date a much younger guy.
Every scene is filled with sexual innuendos, implications, or encounters. It is impossible to list them all, so here are a few scenes from this TV-14 rated show:
Woman is completely topless during lunch at outdoor café
"Topless Tuesday" = a slogan for women's empowerment
Gives vagina pep talks
Graphic bedroom scenes
Excessive alcohol consumption
Main character helps friend remove feminine product stuck inside her
Christian morality campaigners have whinged about a Taco Bell TV advert:
Taco Bell is following a trend in crude commercials. While a few fast food restaurants are cleaning up their ads, Taco Bell decided to air a new ad named Flash to advertise Chickstars.
The ad shows an elderly couple eating Chickstars in their car when the woman lifts up her shirt, implying she is showing her bare chest to the man. Showing a female flashing a man during a television commercial is completely inappropriate. This
act has nothing to do with the food product.
Even if the couple is supposed to be married, this ad is in poor taste. It would be something children would duplicate. Everyone knows children repeat what they see. This disgusting advertisement is airing during primetime when children are
Plans to broadcast HBO's Church of Scientology exposé, Going Clear , have been shelved by Sky Atlantic in a virtual repeat of events two years ago, when UK publishers abandoned publication of the book on which the new TV documentary is
Sky originally indicated that the Alex Gibney-directed film, which alleges abusive practices at the 'religion''s US headquarters, would be transmitted in the UK earlier this month in step with its American release.
However, the Observer has learned that because Northern Ireland is not subject to the 2013 Defamation Act, the broadcaster could be exposed to libel claims from David Miscavige, the leader of the church, or others. This appears to have caused the
company to postpone transmission, if not to cancel it entirely.
Sky is unable to differentiate its signal between regions, rendering the same programme potentially exposed to pre-reform libel laws in Northern Ireland, but shielded in Britain where, among free-speech safeguards and reforms designed to limit
frivolous claims or libel tourism , people or organisations must now show serious harm to reputation.
Scientology leaders said in a statement:
The Church of Scientology will be entitled to seek the protection of both UK and Irish libel laws in the event that any false or defamatory content in this film is broadcast within these jurisdictions.
Wal-Mart has banned in-store sales of a book by UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
The upcoming book titled My Fight/Your Fight is scheduled for release on May 12 but won't be sold in stores. However Walmart does stick the book for wensire sales.
The book will undoubtedly highlight Rousey's meteoric rise to MMA superstardom and the Olympic run that preceded it, but if her career has shown us anything in these brief four years since her professional debut, it's that Rousey isn't afraid to
speak her mind.
The religious moralists of One Million Moms write:
A & E's new reality series Neighbors with Benefits is a show about neighbors and friends who attend parties as married couples for the purpose of switching spouses and having sex. The premiere is expected to air on Sunday, March 22 at
10:00 pm ET/9:00 pm CT.
This inappropriate program glamorizes cheating and having affairs. Why get married if you do not plan on being faithful?
This immoral show belittles and makes a mockery of marriage.
The moralist campaign group One Million Moms whinges:
In Cottonelle's newest advertising campaign Dare to Go Commando, a company spokeswoman asks individuals if they feel cleaner after using Cottonelle because of the ripple texture. The Cottonelle spokeswoman goes so far as to ask another
woman if she feels clean enough to go commando now. The woman agrees and walks back into the restroom to return with her undies in a small shopping bag. The commercial ends with both women pulling down the waistbands of their pants just enough
to reveal they don't have panties on.
Cottonelle is encouraging consumers to go without underwear. Oh, please! This is ridiculous. This type of advertising is extremely inappropriate.
The tissue paper company also has a similar ad, Go Cottonelle. Go Commando. In this ad, the spokeswoman asks a man to go commando, and it ends the same way.
Starbucks has withdrawn a poster showing Armenian women in traditional clothing drinking coffee under the crescent and star of the Turkish flag and apologised to customers for causing offence.
The posters, displayed at at least one coffee shop in Los Angeles , angered easily offended Armenian Americans because of supposed sensitivities around the deaths of more than a million Armenians at the hands of Turkish Ottoman forces in the
early 20th century.
The Armenian National Committee Of America (ANCA) whinged on Facebook:
Why is Starbucks selling coffee using an image of women, dressed in traditional Armenian costumes, celebrating a Turkish state that systematically victimized Armenian women during the Armenian genocide, and that still denies this crime against
As 'outrage' grew this week, the company posted an apology on the ANCA's Facebook page and promised to remove the offending images.
The moralists of the Parents Television Council are up-in-arms about the jokes in an episode of Family Guy.
In the episode, Quagmire sleeps with what he believes to be a 23-year-old female who ends up actually being 15. A whole slew of situations occur up to the point where Quagmire ends up in court, and his mother gives the judge a fellatio in order
to save her son from jail time.
The Hollywood Reporter got a hold of a statement from the Parents Television Council:
We believe that Family Guy 's description of this explicit sexual terminology violates the broadcast indecency law. And we believe that joking about statutory rape, as Family Guy did throughout this episode, exceeds contemporary community
standards of decency for the broadcast medium. As such, we urge our members, as well as other Americans who agree that the broadcast was legally indecent, to file formal indecency complaints with the FCC.
Sexual assault is an increasingly troubling problem across America. Joking about child rape on TV shows and using such patently offensive sexual dialogue -- especially when they air at such an early hour and when they attract such a young
viewing audience -- is a gross violation of a broadcast licensee's public interest obligation.
The US moralist group gushes with praise for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2015:
The 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue features a model wearing a string bikini top and bottoms so tiny that she is just about n-ked. The bikini bottoms are not much bigger than a Band-Aid plus she has both of her thumbs at the sides pulling
them down as far as she can get away with. It is beyond ridiculous!
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is nothing but soft p-rn and most closely resembles Pl-yboy magazine than resembling an issue about swimming attire. This soft core p-rnography is displayed in many family stores, often at checkout counters
which is offensive, disgusting, and disrespectful to families. This type of publishing is also extremely degrading to women.
Families should be able to enter supermarkets, convenience and drug stores without being subjected to indecency. Since Sports Illustrated is pushing p-rnography, this magazine needs to be removed from stores immediately. Not only should Sports
Illustrated be ashamed, but so should the stores that carry this filthy magazine. Why would a store risk hurting their reputation of being a family-friendly store by being associated with this dishonorable publication?
The professionally offended hindu activist Rajan Zed has urged the Bond Street Chocolate company of New York to withdraw its Ganesh Chocolate, a figurine of the religious character Ganesh made with chocolate, calling it highly
Said that Ganesh was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be eaten casually. Zed urged Bond Street Chocolate to show some responsibility, respect and maturity by understanding
the hurt feelings of Hindu community and stop manufacturing Ganesh-shaped edible chocolates. It was highly insensitive to create an edible deity, he said.
Other chocolate figurines made by the company include three types of a Chocolate Buddha, Dark Chocolate Jesus, Virgin of Guadalupe, and Dark Chocolate Moses.
The Christian moralist campaign group, One Million Moms whinges:
Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, both owned by CKE Restaurants, are at it again by using sex to sell burgers. Their new ad is extremely inappropriate to air at any time, but especially while families are likely watching. Their All-Natural commercial will surely ruin family time once again.
The commercial that will be shown at the Super Bowl features a woman who appears to be naked as she walks through a farmer's market. This is as close to complete nudity as you can get because she appears to be nude until the end when she is in
full view wearing a string bikini top and tiny shorts while eating a hamburger from Carl's Jr.
The only indication of who sponsored this ad is in the final few seconds of the commercial. Carl's Jr. and Hardee's regularly bank on the sex sells philosophy. There is no need for a burger to be promoted by sex appeal, and this advertising ploy
is why 1MM will not give up.
Families should be able to watch the game together if they choose. Last year's game was remarkably improved from years past because viewers were not bombarded with sexually explicit and disgusting ads during every commercial break. Parents
should remain on guard, but it is encouraging to see that our voice kept crudeness to a minimum. That is 1MM's goal again this year.
Website hosting company GoDaddy has upset puppy lovers. It said that it would pull its latest Super Bowl ad over complaints that it somehow promotes inhumane breeding practices.
In the ad, an adorable golden retriever puppy falls off the back of the truck, then travels day and night to return home to his owners.
I'm so glad you made it home, the puppy's owner says when she greets him. Because I just sold you on this website I built with GoDaddy.com.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals whinged:
If you can buy a puppy online and have it shipped to you the next day, it's likely you're supporting inhumane breeding.
The PC lynch mob bayed for blood on Change.org in petition that raised about 40,000 signatures:
Essentially, Go Daddy is encouraging private breeding/puppy mills while shelter animals wait patiently for their forever homes or worse -- to be euthanized. Animal rights are no laughing matter and to portray them as such is cruel and
GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving responded.
What should have been a fun and funny ad clearly missed the mark and we will not air it.
Christian morality campaign group, One Million Moms has taken easy offence at a trivial Kellogg's advert. The group writes:
Kellogg's new Pop Tart commercial includes a double entendre that is inappropriate and unnecessary. Foul language or the implication of it is not needed in this commercial, but that is exactly what Kellogg's intended with their play on words.
The animated commercial has a mom pop tart and a dad pop tart admiring their newborn baby pop tart at the hospital nursery when a nurse walks in. The dialogue includes: He so has your peanut butter. Well, he's got your jelly. Then the
nurse, while rubbing her hands together ready to devour the baby pop tart, says, Time for a feeding. The parents say, No! Ah, Jam It! The advertisement could have ended with No! but Kellogg's chose to include a phrase that
sounded just like a curse word.
Kellogg's should be more responsible in their marketing decisions. Let them know that as a parent and consumer you are offended the company cares more about financial gain than the impression made on our children.
Morality in Media (MIM) has announced its 2015 Dirty Dozen List, the top contributors to what MIM claims as sexual exploitation.
Dawn Hawkins, executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and MIM lauded the nominees:
The Dirty Dozen List has led to sweeping policy changes for past targets, including Google, Verizon, and Department of Defense. Despite the incontrovertible evidence of harm, many companies and organizations still choose to engage in sexual
exploitation to make a profit or push an agenda.
The Dirty Dozen:
U.S. Department of Justice. The DOJ refuses to enforce existing federal obscenity laws against pornography despite the fact that these laws have been upheld by U.S. Courts and previously enforced. Pornography is a public health crisis and
DOJ must not be on the side of pornographers.
Verizon. Verizon profits from sexual exploitation by pushing it into homes through multiple ways, including pay-per-view movies on their FIOS TV, as an Internet Service Provider and as a wireless carrier. They've even defended child
themed porn as a benefit to their consumers. It's time Verizon had a change in policy.
Fifty Shades of Grey. This bestselling series and film glamorizes and legitimatizes violence against women through sexual violence, abuse of power, female inequality, and coercion. Help us inform mainstream pop culture and news outlets
that are promoting the material and the abusive lifestyle it promotes.
Backpage.com. Backpage.com is the leading U.S. website for prostitution advertising, generating nearly 80 percent of all the online prostitution advertising revenue. Law enforcement officials say trafficked children and women are sold on
Backpage daily and the site is even actively opposing laws that make it a felony to advertise sexual services of children.
Hilton Hotels. This top hotel chain provides hardcore pornography movie choices with themes that include: children, incest, rape, sexual slavery, and extreme violence. Other popular hotels, such as Marriott and Omni, refuse to profit from
American Library Association. For years, ALA has encouraged public libraries to keep all computers unfiltered and to allow patrons, including children, access to pornography. As a result, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, exhibitionism,
stalking and other lewd behavior takes place in libraries across the country.
American Apparel. American Apparel's advertising strategy is to normalize the objectification of women. To sell products, the company regularly features nude or provocatively posed young girls with an emphasis on women's breasts and
Sex Week. University campuses are overwhelmed with reports of sexual violence, yet many of these schools welcome so-called sex week celebrations where pornography, violent sexual practices and the hook-up culture are promoted as
Facebook. In recent years, Facebook has taken measures to curb exploitation, but they have a long way to go as the world's most popular social networking site. It has become a top place to trade pornography and child pornography, as well
as a place of prostitution and sex trafficking.
CKE Restaurants. Owner of over 3,300 Carl's Jr. and Hardee's locations, CKE Restaurants utilizes sexual suggestions and explicit images of the female body in commercials and print ads to sell hamburgers.
YouTube. Google has worked to curb exploitation in other tools they offer yet they still allow hundreds of hours of porn videos to be uploaded to YouTube each day. Google does little to enforce their policies prohibiting such content and
the SafeSearch feature is far from reliable.
Cosmopolitan Magazine. The staple of the supermarket checkout line is a porn magazine. Cosmo glamorizes things like public, anal or violent sex in nearly all of their issues. It's time that Cosmo be sold to adults only and have the cover
wrapped like all other porn mags in retail shops.
Christian moralist campaign group, One Million Moms spouts:
Parents are under the assumption that the Discovery Channel is safe and educational, but this is not true. The title of this program is a give-away, and with a TV-14 rating, you can be assured this is not a show for family viewing.
The show Naked And Afraid has cast members who are dropped in the jungle with no food, no shelter, and no clothes. The two humans selected, one male and one female, must work as a team but they have never met before in their lives. The
program shows them stripped naked, blurring out frontal body parts but never blurring out their backsides. Even though the frontal body parts are blurred out, showing so much skin is considered soft porn. In cold temperatures, they must survive
by using each other's body heat, pressing their bare bodies together to keep warm.
This decision to air a reality program full of nudity is harmful to the cast members and their families, and to all children and families that happen to view the show. This ultimate sexual exploitation of families is disturbing and inexcusable.
Discovery Channel has lost its moral compass and should be ashamed to air nudity and call it entertainment. This program needs to be canceled immediately. Previews and promos for this show air all throughout the day and on many other networks.