How racy? The pilot's producers at 20th Century Fox TV required the actors to sign a contract with a nudity clause, something unheard of in network television. The lawyers insisted, "Nudity as defined above and or, simulated sex acts may be required in connection with the player's services in the pilot and or, series." For the actors, nudity may not be optional. It's required for employment. So, Executive Producer Hodge is lying, pure and simple.
NBC has tried to argue that this show isn't about the porn magazine, just about a vaguely related nightclub. But this show is about porn-ifying the culture by promoting the Playboy brand as sexy and sophisticated. It's also about NBC pushing the glamorization of nudity as far as they can go in a blatant attempt to improve its sagging ratings.
Advocates for family-friendly television are also giving NBC headaches. They asked reporters to squash the story of a letter-writing campaign to their NBC affiliates organized by the Parents Television Council, PTC, about refusing to air the show.
In an editorial predictably lining up with Hollywood, Broadcasting & Cable magazine reported that "someone at NBC" asked them "Are you sure this is a story?" They added, "We have heard this question before from other network executives about other PTC complaints and the answer remains, sadly, yes."
The magazine's editorialists complained the PTC is newsworthy because "they have gotten results in the past," all because of "powers given to it by government (through the Federal Communications Commission), not journalists, and a power above and beyond the merits of its complaints."
Isn't it ironic that the same people who always argue against "censorship" want to squash news stories against them?
It doesn't matter to Hollywood and its affiliated publicity organs like Broadcasting & Cable that pro-family groups aren't petitioning the FCC on this program. They are just organizing Americans in a letter-writing campaign to NBC stations. Democracy and public activism apparently are supposed to end where Hollywood "creativity" begins.
NBC should be universally mocked for making ridiculous arguments that this show is somehow not about nudity or pornography, or that it's female empowering, or that opposition isn't newsworthy. This show should be denounced as a tawdry mess by the religious right. the feminist left and everyone in between.
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