Did you know there was a 2700% year-over-year increase in the amount of pixelated and/or blurred nudity on prime time broadcast TV? How about a 2409% rise in the use of bleeped profanity between 2005 and 2010? Probably not, because the only people who watch out for and keep track of this sort of thing are the folks at the Parents Television Council.
“Contrary to what executives from NBC, ABC, and CBS told you in 2004 and 2005, and contrary to what attorneys for the networks recently argued before the Supreme Court, they are not acting in the public interest; they are aggressively pursuing a dangerous agenda to completely obliterate any remaining television taboos,” writes the PTC about its recent findings.
According to the report, NBC was the most skin-friendly broadcaster in the last year, airing 37 instances of full nudity during the 2011-2012 TV season. 33 of those instances were aired with the offending parts pixelated while the remaining four used objects to block bare bottoms, boobs, and bits.
The PTC claims that isn’t clever rule-skirting but blatant flouting of the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act.
“The networks have made it abundantly clear they have no intention of respecting either the broadcast licenses they’ve been granted or the public in whose interest they are licensed to serve,” writes the organization. “Therefore the American people, whose values are being assaulted on a nightly basis, must insist that the Federal Communications Commission vigorously enforce broadcast decency laws, as mandated by the Congress and affirmed by the Supreme Court.”
For those that want evidence of the offending TV not-quite-nudity, the PTC has reels of the stuff for you to “review.”
We feel bad for the people that had to tally these results. Not because they had to look out for blurred out private parts or bleeped-out F-bombs, but because it means they actually had to watch NBC’s prime time line-up.