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We all know television is a virtual wasteland – both cable and network channels. In order to pick our battles and narrow our focus, most of our television monitoring has tracked programming on the main networks – CBS, ABC, NBC, and FOX. However, one cable channel, the CW network, has built a reputation for a lineup of sleazy programs geared toward teens and young adults. Shows on the CW network include tawdry, sex-filled soaps such as remakes of Melrose Place and Beverly Hills 90210 as well as a number of other lewd shows. One such program on the CW network is Gossip Girl.
The theme of Gossip Girl revolves around the sexual exploits and high school drama of upper-class New York City teens. Teenage promiscuity, illicit sex void of meaning or consequence, is common fare on Gossip Girl. The network has even arrogantly advertised Gossip Girl with promos showing sexually provocative scenes along with tag lines such as Every Parent’s Nightmare, and Mind-Blowingly Inappropriate. And sadly, the show lives up to these adverse claims – and then some. More recently, the CW network has been promoting last nights episode, pushing the limits even further with a repulsive storyline of a threesome between teens. The two girls and a guy, college freshmen, are shown living by their self-expressed credo, college is for experimenting while they worked through a written list of life-experiences that viewers are taught are most-dos for teens. The list went from wild drinking games to repulsive group sex. Without getting too graphic, the lewdly explicit scene depicted repugnant images of girl-girl kissing and the guy taking turns with the two girls, concluding with the three in bed together.
The CW network (a joint venture between CBS and Warner Brothers) without regard for the harm they cause, foist these irresponsible themes upon impressionable youth! They sell cool in the form of underage, out-of-control drinking, recreational sex with no physical or emotional consequences, and vile pornographic acts. Group sex – a theme you might expect to find in hard-core videos - has made its way to television and on a show geared toward teens! Recently on the conservative Sean Hannity show I heard a discussion among a panel of guest commentators about irresponsible shows such as Gossip Girl and their harm to our youth. While concern was expressed, I couldn’t believe how little indignation was shown. The consensus was that parents should just turn the channel. Well, turning the channel wont help the millions of teens who dont have concerned, involved parents. Are these youth not deserving of protecting from the damaging influence of such content? Where is the outrage that this disgusting material is even broadcast over the public airwaves??
The sponsors of last nights group sex scene on Gossip Girl are listed at the link below. They include Verizon Wireless, K-Mart, Disney Pictures, Apple Computers, and Dove soap. If outrage isn’t expressed, such graphic themes will become common fare on television. Please contact the advertisers and tell those with whom you do business that you will not support companies that undermine the welfare of our youth with their advertising dollars.
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