Thursday, January 06, 2005

My message to “The Parents Television Council”.

While surfing my usual TV websites I went to the Parents Television Council site and found this article.

NBC Welcomes the New Year with the F-Word
According to an unidentified NBC official, NBC hasn't received any calls about the F-word that Mötley Crüe rocker Vince Neil dropped during the live New Year's Eve broadcast of "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."
Maybe that's because it's impossible to find a phone number on their website? The PTC has received many complaints on the incident. Too bad the
Associated Press didn't think to ask how many email complaints they'd gotten.
Want to make your voice heard? Email Phone (818) 840-4444 ( yes, that's right if you don't live in LA then it is a long distance call). You can find info for your local NBC affiliate here. It's no surprise that the only place you can find NBC's phone number is on the PTC website. NBC doesn't want you to have their phone number because they don't want to get your complaints. They don't care if you let your children stay up to celebrate the new year only to be welcomed by the f-word. Please let them know what you think about that and write a letter to the editor of your local paper as well.

Here is that moment Tonight Show "F" word.

Perhaps that unidentified NBC official hasn't received any calls about the F-word is because people don’t care about an isolated incident (a verbal malfunction) made during a moment of escape during a week where we were bombarded with the horrible news on the deadly Tsunami in Asia. In fact you should be commending the NBC because the NBC Universal networks will be airing a tsunami benefit on January 15th. You also failed to mention that per the Associated Press article, "The remark was carried to viewers on the East Coast but was edited out before it was broadcast in the West, according to the entertainment trade paper Variety, which reported the incident on its Web site Monday night". This tells me that NBC did take immediate action to incident.
Your organization was founded to "ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media". Perhaps at this time you should dedicate your efforts to making sure that children are not constantly assaulted by Tsunami News Coverage. There are other children’s issues related to the Tsunami including children who are now orphans, their medical needs, illegal adoptions and being sold in to the sex trade.
Making this an issue bigger than it really is make the members of your organization look like you are going through Janet Jackson withdrawal.

To quote William Shatner on SNL, "I'd just like to say... GET A LIFE, will you people? I mean, for crying out loud, it's just a TV show!"

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa
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