Brent Bozell

But the "Gossip Girl" scandal isn't just about winning the ratings battle. It's about corporate executives who will try anything to get a rinky-dink network out of the basement, with absolutely no concern for the damage its tawdry story lines will do to the viewer who is 12. The show is rated TV-14, suggesting threesome plots are acceptable for high-schoolers, and that's an insult by itself. But CW's own press release in September touted that "Gossip Girl" won in the ratings among women ages 12-34, and that when the show was paired with "One Tree Hill," these shows finished first with females 12-34 and teenage girls.

Grade-schoolers love TV about junior-high students, and junior-high students watch high-school shows. It follows that teenage girls should love a show about college life. That's certainly what the CW executives have always hoped. So they run a show with the explicit message that a threesome is something "every college student should do before graduating," knowing it will most affect, and titillate, young teens.

Idiots in Hollywood seem completely impervious to shame on this plotline. When they discussed it on "The Joy Behar Show" on CNN's Headline News channel, actress Aisha Tyler just snapped. "Let me just break a piece of news to everybody here. If you don't know, teenagers have sex," she lectured. "And if you hide it, and you ignore it, and you fake it and act like your kid is not doing it, you are doing them and yourself a disservice because kids have sex."

This idiot added: "These are the tools -- use it as a teaching moment." But CW isn't making this scandal to create a "tool" for parents. They're the ones doing us a disservice.

Aside from being a brat, Dr. Tyler is uninformed. Earlier this year, the New York Times reported that fewer than half of all high school students have had sex: 47.8 percent as of 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control, down from 54.1 percent in 1991.

Somehow, the concerned parents are winning on the trend line, despite Hollywood's most strenuous efforts to sleaze up the public airwaves, with Lizzie McGuire lustily kissing a girl. That's certainly not an argument for letting Hollywood go unchallenged, even if a parent might smile when a network like CW flops so badly.


Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
 
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