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Parents Group Says Implied Nudity Rising On TV

Hollywood would be wise to heed the warning and find a few more pairs of pants.

By Jeremy Greenberg Aug 22, 2012 1:12AM

Watching TV with your kids probably isn’t the best way to spend an evening, but it’s what many of us often do nonetheless. As such, we try to select shows that will be appropriate. That means no crazy violence, and no nudity or sexual content. According to researchers at the Parents Television Council (people whose tough job it is to count the number of times they see naked people on TV), these cleaner shows are becoming much harder to find. Specifically, they are reporting a significant increase in pixelated private parts or other suggestive scenes in which naked body parts are obscured by other objects or barely hidden behind towels.

The Parents Television Council recorded 76 instances of suggested or blurred nudity last season, up from 15 instances the year before.

Hollywood would be well advised to heed the watchdog group’s warning. No parent wants to explain to a child what’s behind that bowl of bananas and apples. And TV faces so much competition from other sources of entertainment that it would be wise to make sure parents know they can safely turn on the tube in prime time.

The Parents Television Council said it plans to complain to the Federal Communications Commission, who in recent years has greatly liberalized violence and sexual content standards.  Most parents probably appreciate this, even if they aren’t aware of the shift.

TV is in a golden age, with more high-end programing gracing the airwaves than ever before. Mad Men, Modern Family, 30 Rock, Wilfred and Louis, just to name a few. All are written well, highly entertaining and, in many cases, significantly dirtier than the shows which used to dominate the 10 p.m. timeslot.

Still, prime time is family time, and Hollywood must remember the eyeballs they really need to sell their soap.  Naked people are funny, but no one wants to explain to a child why a character’s penis looks like a screensaver on a busted cellphone.

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Aug 25, 2012 9:38PM
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For sale...1 time machine guaranteed to transport you back to the time of twin beds, white picket fences, stay at home mothers, all Caucasian communities, bikes you don’t have to lock up and fathers that know what is best...The Beaver! :p

Aug 25, 2012 8:47PM
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I guess these people are right, Yes I really do, seeing two people madly bumping uglies isn't what we should be watching.

 I think we should be watching more blood and violence from all around the world, who wants to see people loving each other, when we can see little children spread all over after a explosion, or people running for their lives as a artillery bombardment commences on their village, or how about instead of nudity, we watch prisoners get their throat slit, as sexuality is far more vulgar and disgusting to watch.

 Yes The good ole U.S.A. where we have more freedoms disappear everyday, because we have people that don't use what is fu*kin called COMMON SENSE.

 I think half of these ignorant , Bill of rights and Constitution destroyers need to do is pack their bags and leave the country, because it is obvious that they must be from somewhere else. 

Leave my raunchy shows alone, leave the gratuitous violence I watch alone, leave the normal shows that are on T.V. as well as the dialog that comes with it alone, if you do not like to watch it, if you do not like to see it, if you do not care for it, then do not turn your t.v. to it. Watch something else, I don't care for your rhetoric when it comes to my rights, and if you want your rights fu*ked with then you go and move to another country, then you can watch what is set by that governments standards.  
Aug 25, 2012 6:40PM
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Ever wonder what all those little ratings before each show and after each commercial are? Well here refresh your memory and stop blaming the networks and cable companies about what your little angels are watching!

www tvguidelines . org

Aug 25, 2012 12:43PM
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Why so many rely solely on TV for their entertainment amazes me. TV is not just a wonderful tool for entertainment but even more so today for education and even Christian Services. So I have to disagree with those that claim TV is going downhill. Try watching the History Channel, Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel just to name a few that are educational. Try watching The Trinity Channel when you need some Christian Spirituality. Perhaps think about supporting your local PBS Channel. Even Kids Saturday morning programs provide a number of educational programming. One only needs to use that little device known as a remote control to navigate through the maze of programming that is provided. If that doesn’t work then you might want to invest in a DVD player then that way you will have complete control over what you and your family watch.

Aug 25, 2012 12:05PM
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mrs brian leave this country asap you coward
Aug 25, 2012 5:28AM
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Last time I checked, parents were supposed to be the ones in control of the TV channels their children watch.  If you don't like what's on, change the channel or turn it off.  Stop trying to tell the rest of us what we can or cannot watch.  Don't like it, don't look at it. 
Aug 25, 2012 2:23AM
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You don't have to be religious or have small children to object to some of this.  Yes, I know the human body is sometimes a beautiful things, sometimes not so much.  That is really beside the point.  People have the right to approve of or disapprove of whatever they want to.  Not only that, but often a sex scene is put into a movie just to raise the rating to R, and presumably increase revenue made from that movie.  More often than not, the sex scene adds absolutely nothing to the story or the quality of the film.  Often, I really can't figure out why the sex scene is even there.  If people want to watch sex, just watch porn.  Good mainstream movies and TV shows don't need pseudo-porn to be good.
Aug 25, 2012 2:12AM
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The man on man kissing scenes, and dialogue of "making love" to each other is what REALLY needs to stop. When they're talking about "making love," we ALL know exactly what gross thing they're referring to.....YUCK!!! PUKE

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