New concerns about the content of sitcoms during prime-time viewing hours are yet another reminder of why I proudly proclaim to be a hostile witness to the Baby Boomer generation!
According to a story at FOXNews.com, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently received about 100 complaints about the CBS sitcom, “2 Broke Girls.” The complaints focus on sexual overtones and content considered inappropriate for children.
“2 Broke Girls” airs at 7:30 pm on Monday nights on CBS. In 1975, the FCC established the family viewing hour from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, which was voluntarily accepted by the 3 major networks at the time – CBS, NBC and ABC. As a result of the new family viewing hour, CBS moved the top-rated “All in the Family” to 8:00 pm.
Last year, the FCC began a review of its indecency policies for cases involving isolated expletives and nonsexual nudity. That led to an outcry from some groups that predicted the use of profanity and the sight of nudity would become common on broadcast networks and would lead to the deterioration of American society.
There are some groups and individuals in America who have become obsessed with the fear that broadcast television would corrupt young America, but this obsession is nothing new. In the mid-1970s when TV producers like Norman Lear were challenging the limits to content on television with shows like “All in the Family” and “Maude,” there was deep concern that television would cause the downfall of young generations.
Interestingly, it is the Baby Boomer generation, many of whom were teens in the mid-70s, that defended the freedom of television’s bold direction which reflected the attitudes of their generation. Today, many of those who are so fearful of the impact of television’s content on youth today will look at themselves with no concern for what they were viewing during their youthful years. So, if many of those complaining today cannot document that the blatant sexual content they were exposed to is responsible for steering them in the wrong direction – where is the sound argument for that happening today?
Complaints to the FCC about “2 Broke Girls” include mention of penises, vaginas, anal sex and suggestions of masturbation. One complaint reads: “I feel this is soft porn. No wonder our country is in the condition it is when shows like this are on the air.” Another complains: “I tolerated enough when it was on cable due to the fact that I chose to purchase cable. But now public television is riddled with sexual overtones and inappropriate material for children.” Still another expressed this view: “I am asking that the FCC do their job and remove these types of television shows from our public broadcasting systems. I have served my country with honor and am proud to say that I am an American, but when we continuously allow these types of shows to air I am rather embarrassed and ashamed of us as a country.”
Meanwhile, in the real world, young viewers do not distinguish between cable and broadcast television like CBS, ABC and NBC and FOX. It is just TV to them, and really to the viewing public in general. I am continually fascinated by the hypocrisy of today’s new Establishment when it comes to judging the world today.
If anyone watches “2 Broke Girls” or any sitcom today, the premise of the shows is a definite clue to its content. I can’t imagine that anyone interested in a show like, “2 Broke Girls” would be surprised by content that some consider too sexual. It’s not as if sex terms were implied during an episode of “Little House on the Prairie.” People need to take more ownership in their decisions and stop being so quick to blame others for all the things they consider inappropriate.
Furthermore, how could the FCC ban words like "penis" and "vagina" in sitcoms and allow the same words to be used in daytime talk shows or shows that feature real doctors talking about real problems?
One of the problems continuing to worsen in America is this idea that some people want to control the world. They want to control not just what they see, but they want to control what you see. And since they do not excuse their negative behavior on TV content from their past, where is the legitimate concern that today’s youth will be adversely impacted by TV content?
A further complication with controlling content on television lies in the fact that the FCC is part of the executive branch of government. Do you seriously want the government to make decisions about what you see on television? One of the often misunderstood freedoms we have in America is a freedom of speech that is not controlled by the government. The only speech that would be censored on television or in public would be that speech that poses a direct threat to society in general. Sexual implications have not been proven to have adversely affected past young generations that now make up the Establishment.
If you don’t like a TV show because of its content – don’t watch it! If you think a TV show in inappropriate for young children – don’t let them watch it! It really is that simple - unless you are of the mindset that it is your responsibility to control the lives of others.
Far more frightening that sexual content on television is the idea that the government is in control of the content – which is why I define myself as a hostile witness to the Baby Boomer generation!
You hit the nail on the head!!!! If you don't like it, don't watch it!!!!
I think it's a shame that so much of the media is obsessed with sexual content. To me it just proves how people's standards have dropped to an all time low. Not much I can do to change it except to not watch it.
Times they are changing
Many of the same people who want to censor sexual content on television are "offended" when a group to their left boycotts or removes a program or disciplines an employee for forms of speech THEY find offensive - also, these same people will support the idea that incendiary language towards public figures is protected political speech - but somehow, sex will ruin the country while Rush Limbaugh calling a woman a sl_ut and suggesting taxpayers should get to watch her s_x videos, or calling our President a kenyan muslim who wants to put them in FEMA camps and death panels is just entertainment. Can't have it both ways.
Has anyone noticed how people who want to ban sexual expression in the media and make light of women's health issues and make ignorant statements about sex and reproduction seem so obsessed with SEX? I mean, if it is that big of a deal to them, whyare THEY always talking about it? They seem to be the ones with the problem more than a few lines on a TV show indicates an issue.