Kids May Have Seen Models In Bras While Watching Rudolph, So The World Is Probably Ending Now
Everyone’s favorite claymation holiday special was on last night — Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. It aired on CBS, two hours before the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was scheduled to start. The Parents Television Council was not happy, because apparently they were worried that parents would be unable to turn the channel, and their poor kids may be exposed to bras, angel wings, and stilettos. Society as we know it would surely crumble if that happened.
You may remember the last time the earth crumbled, when ABC aired a steamy (and totally lame) sex scene intro to Scandal, right after It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown ended. Parents everywhere freaked. It was an odd mash-up for sure, the end-credits of Charlie Brown, and Olivia Pope dreaming about having sex with a man who kept morphing from Jake into Fitz. But again, do people not have remote controls anymore? And do we really believe our children will be irreparably scarred if they catch a few seconds of a made-for-TV-sexy-dream-sequence?
The Parents Television Council was also not thrilled that NCIS, the popular crime scene investigation show would be airing after Charlie Brown. But their biggest concern was that the network would continue to air promotional commercials for the show during the broadcast. Here’s their statement, from the Hollywood Reporter:
“Obviously, the network is going after different audiences with these three shows, but it would violate the trust of families if the innocent holiday special is interrupted with promos featuring gory corpses or scantily clad lingerie models,” Winter added. “While we continue to object to a network-sponsored lingerie ‘special’ on the publicly owned airwaves, we call on CBS to take every precaution to help parents protect children from such dramatically different fare that is airing in adjacent time slots.”
I spent some time looking over the PTC website this morning, and these people have a lot of time on their hands. There is a list containing items like:
Sexual content on CBS’s “Family Guy”
Sexual content on CBS’s “Two and a Half Men” –
Nudity on CBS’s “Survivor: Gabon” CBS 9/11/2008
Unbleeped “S-word” on NBC’s “Today Show”
NBC 8/5/2008 Unbleeped “F-word” on CBS’s “Big Brother 10”
Threesome on CBS’s “Swingtown”
Sexual content on NBC’s “My Name Is Earl”
Nude photo shoot on CW during “America’s Next Top Model”
I find it funny that these are all adult shows. Everyone knows that, right? So, we’re trying to protect parents from adult content appearing in the adult shows they’re letting their kids watch? I don’t get it.
There is no outrage on Twitter, so I’m taking that as a pretty strong indication that CBS did not air the promo commercials. You can always count on the outrage to appear when stuff like this happens.