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A Playboy Club Macao Logo is pictured during a promotional event for the upcoming opening of the Playboy club in Macau October 15, 2010.
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Wed Jul 27, 2011 3:00pm EDT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A TV watchdog group on Wednesday accused NBC of glamorizing the porn industry in its upcoming new drama series "The Playboy Club" and urged NBC affiliates around the United States not to air it.
In letters to NBC's local TV stations, the 1.3 million member Parents Television Council said the drama "glorifies and glamorizes this insidious industry" and that pornography destroys families and exploits women.
"The Playboy Club", which is due to debut on September 19 in the 10pm timeslot, is set in the early 1960s and centers around the lives of Playboy Bunnies and customers of the original Playboy Club in Chicago.
It is described by NBC as a "provocative new drama about a time and place that challenged the social mores, where a visionary entrepreneur created an empire and an icon changed American culture."
The network's Utah affiliate has already announced it will not broadcast the drama.
The Parents Television Council (PTC), which campaigns against sex and violence on U.S. television, also asked NBC and its affiliates to refrain from airing promotions for the new shows on family friendly shows like "America's Got Talent."
NBC executives were not immediately available to comment on the PTC campaign.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Christine Kearney)
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The show is partially about how, in the 1960s, anyone talking about sex openly was controversial. I’m sure they’re going to have moral crusaders in the show trying to shut down the mansion. The reaction by the PTC shows how little times have changed. Oh, and that they don’t understand irony.
Jul 27, 2011 3:16pm EDT -- Report as abuse
What kind of Puritanical Country do we live in? What’s up with other people trying to tell other people how to live?
Jul 27, 2011 3:33pm EDT -- Report as abuse
I belong to the PTC and am so glad we have such an organization. The trash and vulgarity on television is disgusting. Parents and just plain decent viewers should be appalled at what is coming into our living rooms. We used to expect cable to be offensive–now even the broadcast stations seem to think they have no responsibility to families. You can preach free speech all you want but this garbage is nothing that the founding fathers had in mind.
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