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Any Room for Common Sense Here?

By admin Published: December 14, 2007

The Parents Television Council is screaming about a moment it considers indecent in the Nov. 30 episode of "Las Vegas." According to PTC, the episode "included a side camera shot of a stripper exposing her breasts." I haven't seen the episode, "The High Price of Gas, but it is available at NBC.com. See for yourself, and I'll try to give it a look later.)

I have posted PTC's complete announcement after the jump. But I had to snort at the way PTC is making a big deal about this because the episode was "viewed by hundreds of thousands of children."

Please. This is "Las Vegas." If children are watching, I would want to talk to their parents before I complained to the FCC.

The Parents Television Council™ is calling on its members to file complaints with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about an indecent episode of NBC’s Las Vegas that aired on November 30 at 9:00 p.m. in the Central and Mountain Time zones and at 10:00p.m. in the Eastern and Pacific Time zones. The episode that was viewed by hundreds of thousands of children included a side camera shot of a stripper exposing her breasts. As if that were not offensive enough, the men watching her wagered money about the color of her nipples.

“NBC brazenly thumbed its nose at the broadcast decency law with the November 30 episode of Las Vegas. It’s been nearly two years since the FCC handed out fines against a television station for violating federal broadcast decency laws– a fact that has not escaped the notice of broadcasters. This season all of the broadcast networks have upped the ante by introducing increasingly outrageous, explicit and indecent sexual content,” said Tim Winter, president of the PTC.

“We’re asking the public and all of our members to contact NBC and the sponsors who paid for this outrageous content. I look forward to receiving an explanation from each advertiser who thought it was appropriate to associate its hard-earned brand with men wagering on the skin tone of a woman’s nipples. Additionally, we are asking members of the public who live in the Central and Mountain Time zones where Las Vegas airs at 9:00 p.m. to file formal indecency complaints with the FCC.

“The executives and writers at NBC continually barrel past the line of common sense decency in creating storylines for Las Vegas and yet this episode managed to reach a new low. As long as the broadcast industry refuses to monitor itself, the PTC will continue to call on the American public and their public servants to speak out against the abuse of the public airwaves and request swift action from the FCC,” concluded Winter.

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