Parents Television Council Holds '#NoIndecencyFCC Week'
May 7, 2013 at 4:57 AM (PT)
The PARENTS TELEVISION COUNCIL is focusing its crusade against what it considers broadcast indecency with "#NoIndecencyFCC" week, being conducted this week to push its followers to file public comments with the FCC.
“We are focusing on #NoIndecencyFCC to let the FCC know that we consider its proposal to limit broadcast indecency complaints extremely troublesome. Only pursuing so-called ‘egregious’ complaints from the public about indecent TV or radio content will lead to broadcasters pushing the decency limits even further – including the airing of nudity or harsh profanity when millions of children are in the audience,” said PTC Pres. TIM WINTER. “Federal law limits the broadcast of indecent material to the times of day when kids are much less likely to be in the audience, making no distinction for ‘egregious’ instances. Either material is legally indecent or it is not, and the ‘egregious’ nature of violating the law should only dictate the punishment a broadcaster faces for breaking that law. It is unnecessary for indecent content to be repeated many times in order to be actionable, and it is unwise for the FCC to pursue a new course that will guarantee nothing but a rash of new litigation.
“We are encouraging the public to share its concern with the FCC in a public comment by the deadline of MAY 20th. To date, over 90,000 public comments have been filed, most of them expressing outrage that the FCC would even consider such a proposal.
“If this proposal is adopted, the greatest harm will fall upon our children and grandchildren, who already face waves of explicit content when they use the airwaves of which they, too, are co-owners. The FCC proposal erodes a parent’s recourse for broadcast decency enforcement and, instead, cedes control of our airwaves entirely to the entertainment industry. It’s time to say #NoIndecencyFCC!”
The PTC's automated comment form has apparently generated a majority of complaints being collected in the FCC's indecency docket. On its first day, the #NoIndecencyFCC hashtag appears to have generated a small number retweets of a link to the press release and PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS television critic ELLEN GRAY's comment that "I don't care if it has a hashtag -- #NoIndecencyFCC Week sounds like the Worst. Spring. Break. Ever."