PTC Releases Statement Condemning 'Sons of Anarchy' Premiere

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September 12th, 2013


via press release:

LOS ANGELES (September 12, 2013) – The Parents Television Council is calling on its members to contact Congress to express the urgent need for a consumer cable choice solution in response to the violent and sexually graphic premiere of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy,” which featured a young boy committing a school shooting, simulated rape scenes, torture of women, and a man who was drowned in a bathtub of urine.

“What FX chose to show – a scene of a young boy murdering innocent children in a school with a semi-automatic gun – is enough of a reason for consumers to have the choice not to underwrite such horrifically violent and disturbing material. Think about the parents who have been personally affected by real-life school shootings – even they were forced to contribute to FX on their cable bills. This is an outrage, and the time for consumers to have real choice has come,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Changing the channel is simply not enough – that’s a lazy excuse from the cable industry’s own talking points that does not address the real problem. Consumers are forced to subsidize cable networks like FX just to get access to networks they do watch. It’s clear to see that the cable industry model of forcing consumers to buy bundles of networks is broken.

“We urge Congress to take seriously the Television Consumer Freedom Act, which will allow consumers the ability to choose and pay for only the cable networks they want, and the Video CHOICE Act, which would pave the way for a choice solution. It’s time for consumers to have a real voice in what they want to pay for on their cable bills.”

  • tim_m

    Way to keep your political views no one cares about out of this Neil, Not! On topic PTC please go away just go away.

  • John

    PTC should be cisbanded

  • Matt logan

    Really PTC watches Sons of Anarchy or did they get there information 2nd hand … Frankly the scene was well done no dead bloody children strewn across my Tv or children shown being shot . I watch on CBS Criminal minds for over 5 yrs , many a Ep kids a tourted killed kidnapped or the kids are the ones doing hte killing . Wake up PTC it happens all over the world ..

  • Nope

    To be fair, it was urine AND vinegar. Go fu<k yourself PTC and your religious right supporters

  • Dan

    Dear PTC, you dont want your kids watching SOA, then stop them from watching it but dont stop the show. SOA will be SOA no matter what.

  • Mark3

    Who cares! Its fake tv. And a kick ass show!! Why r so many people so damn offended tgese days!

  • Carl

    This shouldn’t even be worthy of a mention on this website. All the PTC wants is attention. The media should stop giving it to them.

  • Moses

    Why does anyone care, much less bother to report, what the Parents Television Council has to say?

    They claim to have 1.3 million members. After reviewing the information displayed on the Parents Television Council’s website, and the records on file with the State of California Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts (A Google search of thos title will produce hyperlinks), I question that number, and wonder how many of it’s “members” were actually involved in the decision to condemn the premier of SOA? I seriously doubt that the “members” had any direct input.

  • Roy

    People do realize this is just supporting TV a la carte, right? Give people a choice not to pay for channels they don’t want. I fully support this, even if it is veiled with a ridiculous complaint.

  • Dan S

    If I wasn’t already a fan of SOA I’d become 1 just because of these idiotic statements coming from the PTC. Both FX & AMC are known for pushing the boundaries so why the sudden outrage ? If people were truly offended it wouldn’t be garnering the high ratings its received. Hang on once AHS Coven gets going. The PTC will really flip out then.

  • AD

    If you don’t like it or care for it, don’t watch it. That is your choice. Don’t go around trying to make other people’s choices for them.

  • ReadIt

    If folks bothered to actually read the article, it makes a good point. We are all paying for networks we don’t watch so somebody else can watch it. That is dumb. You wouldn’t go to your neighbor and hand them $30 each month so they can watch all the TV you don’t, right? Seriously, let the good stuff rise to the top, and the filler flush down the toilet.

  • Mumbo

    Of course the PTC’s complaint about content is stupid, but I’m all for only having to pay for the channels that I want rather than having to get all these stupid bundles that include a ton of channels I’ll never watch. That part of their argument I can get behind.

  • Bill Gorman

    “People do realize this is just supporting TV a la carte, right?”

    People do realize this is yet another fundraising plea by the PTC, now wrapped in the issue du jour, ala carte TV. Right?

  • Capitalist Infidel

    Wow, I’ve never seen so much anti Christian bigotry in one spot. Not even in the New York Times. The hatred of Christians has blinded everyone to their solution. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t prefer a-la-cart when it comes to cable. Pay for what you want, not what others want.

  • Mike

    Okay I read the comments and just laugh.

    Freedom of speech is okay…well until someone says something you don’t like. So lets censor what folks say that we don’t like by urging the site owners not to publish their press releases.

    Okay one should change the channel of the shows they don’t like and shut up. Well that works unless then you want to censor what someone says so instead of just not reading press releases from folks we don’t want to hear from lets censor them.

    The antics of liberals and conservatives in our Country is always so entertaining. They both say they against censorship but then are happy to censor the words of the other. Hey and if we can’t beat them then lets make it illegal for them to organize. Let’s just make laws to disband them.

    Hypocrisy at it’s finest.

    I personally don’t like what the PTC does or what they say. But I will defend to the death their right to say it. Because the opposite makes it easy for any of us to be censored and shut up at the drop of a hat.

  • Wallaby2012

    Ala carte programming is the way to go. I hate paying for channels that I have no interest in and that I have to ‘de-list’ on my programming guide because I don’t want that valuable real estate clogged with channels I will never even consider.

  • Fake Me Out

    @ Mike

    TVbtN is a private site (ie not publicly funded) and they are therefore free to post or not post whatever they like. The PTC is and always will be free to issue press releases but TVbtN is not obligated to publish them … and that is NOT censorship, that is editorial choice.

    Why do so many Americans assume their right to free speech includes an assumed right to force everybody to publish that speech? Should the LGBT community have the right to force any of their press releases into various religious publications and websites? Should the KKK be able to force BET to air/post one of their press releases?


  • Fake Me Out


    I support the idea of a la carte choice for cable/sat customers … but … I hate to say it … a la carte may very well be the end to many of our favorite shows/networks. People say (me too) go a la carte and let the people decide which shows /networks survive … a good idea in principle but in practice? ummmm maybe not so much.

    Why I hear you all asking (I have really, REALLY good hearing) so I’ll tell you … Jersey Shore, Honey Boo Boo, Hillbilly Handfishers, Wrestling … just take a look at what the top shows are on cable listed right here on this site everyday … going a la carte may very well mean those shows and ones just like them are the only things economical enough to survive in an a la carte environment.

    Just saying …


  • TV Viewer

    There are at least thousands of shows on hundreds of channels, if not far more than that.
    It’s been said before, and worth repeating again and again.
    If you don’t like something; don’t watch it. Change the channel, or turn the TV set off, and do something else.

    Of course most of the time, what is on TV is determined by what the majority of 18 – 49 age viewers watch, but, there are plenty of programs with (probably) low ratings that are on TV, because they appear to be quality programs, such as PBS, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the Science Channel and Turner Classic Movies.

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