TV Nudity On the Rise: Study

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Shows like “The Bachelor” and “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” are blurring the lines of what’s acceptable to show on primetime broadcast TV, argues a study released today from Parents Television Council.

Based on findings from a period between January 1 and April 26 of this year, the PTC concluded “that blurred or pixilated full nudity is increasingly being shown on primetime broadcast television shows, and that almost 70% of this type of nudity is being shown on TV-PG rated programs.”

The PTC concludes that NBC and ABC are the most responsible, with the nets collectively accounting “for 88% of the full nudity that aired on primetime broadcast television.”

“Most parents instinctively know that they need to monitor what their kids watch on television, but our new research shows that it would be almost impossible for them to protect their kids from blurred or pixilated nudity on TV since most broadcast TV networks are rating these shows as acceptable for young children,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

A 2010 study from the PTC documented the most common swear words on television. The PTC has also recently demanded that the FCC take action against CBS for allowing the “f” word to air during the Super Bowl.

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  1. Andrew says:

    The PTC is quickly becoming another out of control nanny group..

  2. Malcolm Boura says:

    The evidence has been pointed out to the PTC on many occasions and their continued refusal to take any notice is inexcusable. Attitudes have consequences and the consequences of prudery are horrendous. I will give just one typical example but the pattern repeats for all the body-knowledge and body-shame related indicators. The USA has ten times the teenage pregnancy rate of Denmark. The question for the PTC is very simple, which matters more, the health and well-being of children and young people or the myths and prejudice of adults?

  3. JW says:

    The PTC?? Really, one guy with a laptop? Try watching those Kardashian’s Sunday night and explaining to a teenage daughter what a strap on dildo is used for; and Anal sex, all of them were all about the back door, was it smooth, clean, did you have to beg for it? Another subject I would rather not discuss with a daughter. E! seriously needs to reconsider their preiorities with this garbage. If they don’t then it’s time for NBC cable’s new owners to step in. I’m in now way a prude, but at 9pm on Sunday night is no place for garbage.

  4. Chris says:

    Two things: First of all, it’s pixilated nudity, so you’re not really seeing anything. Second, a lot of scripted show are writing implied, pixilated nudity into the script and the actors aren’t actually nude on set. The PTC continues to be astonishingly stupid.

  5. daniel says:

    george, you are an ugly stupid pig. oh, you don’t like what i wrote? well, you should have looked away. it’s that easy.

    • Andrew says:

      Are we children again? What’s the point of acting like a child with senseless name calling? It won’t earn you any points, and it certainly makes it harder for me to take you seriously.

  6. blip says:

    George, like other “don’t watch/don’t read/don’t listen comments,” yours is invalid: By the time we’re (or at least I’m) choosing to “look the other way,” we’ve already seen what (some of us, at least) would prefer NOT to see on broadcast television. A dual problem: standards are falling, falling, falling all the way into the gutter, and programmers believe– blindly, stupidly, and unquestioningly– that “sex sells” (usually read to mean “nubile young women locked in the male gaze”) in any and all contexts.

  7. George Valentin says:

    If someone does not like what he or she sees on TV, just look the other way. Just like Staples, isn’t that easy?

  8. Donald Wygal says:

    The Parents Television Council is a fringe organization who does not speak for the vast majority of parents. The fact that they concern themselves with “pixelated nudity”, something that any reasonable parent knows is 100% harmless, demonstrates their detachment from reality. The best thing that all of television (as well as Variety) can do is to ignore them.

  9. Paul Stiles says:

    IT KILLS ME THAT THESE GROUPS ARE SO CONCERNED WITH NUDITY. HOW ABOUT THE OUTRAGEOUS AMOUNT OF GUN VIOLENCE AND GRUSOM VIOLENCE. ON THE FOLLOWING – A YOUNG MAN WAS SLOWLY MURDERED WITH A KNIFE TO CLASSICAL MUSIC. THE FINAL EPISODE OF PERSON OF INTEREST HAD MORE PEOPLE SHOT THAT I CAN COUNT. BY THE TIME A CHILD REACHES 18 HE’S SEEN 80,000 SHOT WITH GUN ON TELEVISION AND IN FILMS.

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