Friday, May 27, 2011

2011 Billbord Music Awards Un-Family Friendly Show Has Parents Television Counsil Outraged

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 5/27/2011 8:40:00 AM
The Parents Television Council (PTC) is urging the public to voice its objection to a sexually explicit segment of the recent 2011 Billboard Music Awards show, which aired on television.

The PTC's primary mission is to promote and restore responsibility and decency to the entertainment industry and answer America's demand for positive, family-oriented television programming. Communications director Melissa Henson explains that though the awards show was rated suitable for children at least 14 years old, it was aired during a time when children of all ages could have been watching.

"They opened the broadcast with an S&M (sadomasochism)-themed performance by Rihanna and Britney Spears, in which they were dressed in dominatrix outfits," Henson reports. "They were singing lyrics along the lines of 'sticks and stones may break my bones, but chains and whips excite me.'"

The PTC communications director contends it was completely unacceptable for Disney, which owns ABC and purports to be a family-friendly network, to make such material available to children, especially since there was no advance warning about the content.

But PTC notes this is not the first time the Billboard Music Awards show has shown extreme content to viewers. In 2002, for example, Cher used an expletive on stage. The next year, Nicole Richie made a statement using multiple choice words.

"We are urging folks to contact ABC and let them know how outraged they are by the content," Henson notes. "You can go to right now to take action. We are also asking folks to contact some of the sponsors, many of whom should have known better," she adds.

Those supporters include Old Navy, McDonalds, and Chevrolet.

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