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March 21, 2005

MTV's Spring Break is a (no) go!

Here are some fun statistics from last year's Spring Break. These will be bad news for some of us and good news for others of us.

And I quote:

One of the most alarming findings in the amazing Parents Television Council study of MTV’s Spring Break programming (March 20-27, 2004):

"In 171 hours of MTV programming, PTC analysts found 1,548 sexual scenes containing 3,056 depictions of sex or various forms of nudity and 2,881 verbal sexual references. That means that children watching MTV are viewing an average of 9 sexual scenes per hour with approximately 18 sexual depictions and 17 instances of sexual dialogue or innuendo. To put this in perspective, consider that in its last study of sex on primetime network television, the PTC found an average of only 5.8 instances of sexual content during the 10 o’clock hour -- when only adults are watching."

The report goes on to describe in fairly intimate and bleep-filled detail a human-sundae eating competition: Three guys lie on stage; whipped cream is placed on their legs and chests. The three girls each straddle a guy and lick the whipped cream off, and vice versa.

The competition was aired at 2 p.m., just in time for the latchkey tweens to get home from school.

Sure. Just let the TV babysit your kids.

Posted by Dan at March 21, 2005 05:01 PM

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This entire culture is drenched in sex and has been for many, many years. Will it be changing any time soon? Not likely, FCC fines or not.

And I admit, I'm the stodgy one here. But cut me slack, OK? I have two teenagers of my own and two more on the way. It's enough to make your hair fall out. I'm just saying.

That said, most cable systems I've subscribed to give the user (i.e., "the parent") the ability to block any channel they choose.

Posted by: Ara at March 21, 2005 08:50 PM


I wish I had a daughter so I could forbid her to watch.

Posted by: Dan at March 21, 2005 09:59 PM

So what do we do about the children of parents who suck as parents?

Posted by: Mrs. Popping Culture at March 21, 2005 10:56 PM

Congratulate them for getting to watch that?

I always enjoyed MTV when I was younger. It was so very blatant. I could appreciate that.

Posted by: Joel Caris at March 22, 2005 04:04 AM

I think it's safe to say that the MTV that we had from 1980-1990 has changed dramatically. I also enjoyed MTV as a youth and college student, but it was about Music Television, not reality shock-shows. Their format has drifted and changed with the times, and unfortunately, moral relativism has ruled our current day. The thought of "Does it affect ME?" directly rules our day.

We have those channels blocked on our TV. Mostly so I don't get sucked into watching any more garbage than I have to, but eventually our 7 year old will be curious.

Posted by: Doug at March 22, 2005 10:22 AM

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