For example, on Wednesday, June 20, at 11:00 in the morning, HBO aired the movie "Longford" -- rated R for adult language and content. On Thursday, June 14, at 9:30 in the morning, HBO aired its movie "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," rated TV-14 for "graphic violence" and "adult language."
If, like many families, you get multiple HBO channels, "HBO Zone" routinely runs R movies in the daytime. On Monday, June 18, at 9:00 in the morning, it was "American Ninja Zone: Blood Hunt." On Wednesday, June 20, at 11 a.m., it was Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing."
As for relegating the "rougher fare" for "after hours," that's ludicrous. Was the "Sopranos" finale on after 11? On Monday, June 18, at 8 p.m., HBO's "family hour" began with its show "Entourage," which HBO rates TV-MA for "adult language, adult content, violence and nudity." At 9 p.m., it's the HBO series "Big Love," the edgy polygamy show, rated TV-MA for adult content and adult language.
Saturday mornings "tend to be filled with kids' shows"? On Saturday, June 22, at 8:00 in the morning, HBO viewers could wake up to "You, Me and Dupree," complete with its stripper humor, a PG-13 movie. HBO's daytime schedule is stuffed with PG-13 films with adult content. That may be fine with parents, but you can't plausibly argue "adult fare" isn't on during the day.
It is ironic that Suderman chose the HBO model to make his case, because ultimately it makes the opposite point. HBO is a pay cable network and therefore outside of the FCC's regulatory purview. What is viewed on that network is precisely what would appear on broadcast television if Hollywood were left to its own devices. One simply cannot dispute that Hollywood has coarsened the culture with its increasingly offensive programming.
So what to do if you're a "conservative" like Suderman? You yawn your disinterest and play make-believe in your commentary. Perhaps he'd feel differently if he came off his coastal perch at NRO and visited the real world.
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