Parents Television Council: Bunny-hopping Mad at NBC?

Poster for NBC's "The Playboy Club"

     Just for a second, I am not The Cybersattva, having instead donned the glasses, wig and couture a la Dana Carey’s SNL alter-ego, the Church Lady: “Now, what could have possessed NBC to put “The Playboy Club” on tv at 10 o’clock P.M. Could it have been…maybe….possibly……SATAN!?” “YEAH!” replies Jon Lovitz as the guy from the Liar’s Club, “That’s it! That’s the ticket!”

     The Parents Television Council is beating a dying horse. NBC’s “The Playboy Club” has suffered horribly in the ratings since its premiere, and several advertisers have already pulled away from backing the show. The PTC has been campaigning against the show for months, stating that it “objectifies and degrades women.” Now, they’re closing in for the kill. The only problem with this, is that the show seems to have been doomed for failure even without the ministrations and pontifications of the PTC!

     I don’t really understand what business it is of the PTC’s that this show is on the air at all. NBC is airing “The Playboy Club” in the 10:00 P.M. time slot, which ideally is past the time when most young and impressionable minds should already be in a state of REM sleep, if we’re being good PTC-compliant “Stepford” parents. This means that the PTC is now attempting to control and influence the programming that consenting adults are viewing! What I find especially hypocritical is the idea that, if the PTC had their way about it, this is what we’d be graced with instead:

     Why are members of the PTC even up and glued in front of the “glass God” at that hour anyway? Shouldn’t they instead be lying in their beds, reading their bibles and going to sleep? “Early to bed, early to rise” and that whole thing? Why isn’t the PTC going after Nancy Grace and DWTS for their “pound of flesh?” My advice to the PTC? Stick to causes worth a damn, like shutting down “Toddlers & Tiaras!”


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