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Morning Sex? (warning: graphic image)

08 Aug

This morning, I woke up with both kiddos in bed with me. Their daddy is out of town on business for a few days – giving me ample opportunity to avoid bedtime scheduling madness (guess who’s the disciplinarian here) and revel in those snuffly sighs and giggles that escape just before exhaustion overtakes them and they drift into dreamland.

kiddossleeping8-8-13We slept in.  School starts here in 11 days. Gotta sleep in while we can.

Eventually, Andy and I rolled out of bed and went into the living room to start our day in the customary way. A pastry. Some cereal. Flipping back and forth between Morning Express (hi, Robin Meade!) and Good Morning America (hello, GMA crew!). We love Robin’s laughter and the lighthearted interaction among the GMA team, the care they seem to give each other when topics turn serious.

Ella heard the television and stirred. I watched from the living room as she sat up, wiped the sleepy from her big brown eyes, and yawned. The GMA segment went to commercial.

And then, wham.

Confusion.

Disbelief.

Did that just flash on my TV screen?

In front of 8-year-old Andy?!

No way.

A camera trick. A clever angle.

I told Andy – his blue eyes had gone wide – to get something from the refrigerator (out of sight of the TV).

Snatched up the remote.

Rewound.

There it was.

GMABetrayal

On my TV.

During a major network news program.

At 8am.

What HELL just ascended into my living room and burned itself into my precious boy’s brain?

I hit pause, grabbed my iPhone, snapped a picture, and then got the image off the screen before Andy could see again or Ella could find out why Mommy’s face registered shock. A quick post to Facebook later and many joined in the chorus. Then Facebook notified me my picture had been “reported as inappropriate due to nudity”.

Now Facebook has removed my post.

Thanks for the affirmation, Facebook.

I understand we’ve ceded the idea of morality in primetime. A moronic move, but one we (and by “we” I mean Jesus-following folk) have to own. But this wasn’t primetime. This was a commercial about a primetime show airing while we all enjoy cornflakes and coffee and wish our kiddos a good morning.

My kid saw that. Not because I took him to a movie wholly inappropriate for his age. Not because I quit parenting and just told him to turn on the TV at 10pm and watch whatever. Not because I turned on a show this morning that he had no business watching with me.

He saw that because somewhere, someone made some decisions.

Someone decided the writers of Betrayal weren’t delivering a story that would hold viewers’ interest on its own.

Someone told talented actors that their craft alone – delivering solidly written lines in a believable fashion – wouldn’t cut it.

Someone told a director and set crew that their crafts alone – finding the right angles, setting a mood with lighting – wouldn’t get it done.

Someone decided that what was needed to get people to actually watch Betrayal was taking off the actors’ clothes and having them simulate sex – at least, the Hollywood version of it.

And then someone who does the ad placement at GMA and for the show Betrayal decided what was needed to make this ABC show another “most watched show” for the network was to place that ad smack in the middle of my morning. And yours. And millions of other family members.

Not because the ad says, “Hey – incredible story, right here. Entertaining. Created with excellence. Worthy of your time.” No, the ad says, “Hey, people screwing. Breaking vows. Right here. Take a look. More tonight. Bring your kids and anybody else that’s in the room right now.”

Really? This is what we’ve come to? Show titles like, Deception, Scandal, Pretty Little Liars, Betrayal, and Revenge? Simulated sex scenes at 8am? Glorifying the breaking of wedding vows as high drama and entertainment?

No.

Just no.

I am not going into that darkness without a very loud, very public, foot-stomping, loud-voiced, fist-raising, steely-eyed FIGHT.

I will fight to help create shows and movies and books that are engaging, entertaining, thought-provoking, and society-uplifting. I will choose to believe that the basest among us in this industry are not the standard bearers or setters. I will stay committed to educating myself and others so that the quality of our work enhances the content thereof.

I will not accept that the presence of standards equates to the hatred of anyone and is therefore somehow unacceptable in the public square.

I’m not advocating censorship or a return to Father Knows Best. Sometimes, a sex scene is needed. Read A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty for a good example.

But don’t genuine storytellers and storymakers have a responsibility to the artistic ability with which we’ve been entrusted? We do not take the gift of our readers’ and viewers’ time – their precious, precious time – and debase it. We do not take the exquisite gift of love-making and use it as a cheap trick to raise ratings or sales. And we most definitely do not take highly adult concepts and plop them down in front of children. 

Is this really where we’ve come to…and where we’re content to stay? Is this all we want to do with our art? Our technology?

 
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634 responses to “Morning Sex? (warning: graphic image)

  1. Eva Marie Everson

    August 8, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Someone … please … get us the phone numbers we need to call. Let’s–every one of us–make a commitment to call ABC … to contact the GMA facebook page (Like it if you have to) and say, “What were you thinking???” If, that is, they were thinking at all. Rebeca is right. We conceded to the filth of nighttime programming. We didn’t raise our voices. And have you seen DAYTIME lately??? Now MORNING?? Whatever happened to Foghorn-Leghorn? To Bugs Bunny? To something as simple as Elvis swinging his pelvis. Whatever happened to Huntley and Brinkley? To Walter Cronkite? What would all of them say (minus the cartoon characters) about the way the news is being handled today? The way TV has managed to become what, in another time, would have been considered porn?

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 8, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      In THIS time, I call it porn. That is nothing but soft core porn. It just is.

      I checked and couldn’t find a way to post to the ABC FB page – but I did tag them in my tweet about this post. (@GMA) If the FCC wasn’t already so backed up, I’d lodge a complaint. At this point, I think the best plan is for a competing network to bring attention to this, which would then negatively impacts the GMA brand and audience. I love GMA and hate to even type that, but there really have to be consequences for these kinds of decisions at networks.

       
      • FinishCarpenter67 (@FinCarpenter67)

        August 9, 2013 at 1:20 am

        So…You support (by watching) a Liberal/Progressive/Communist network (ABC) and then feign shock & disgust when they ram down your throat – and your childrens; the immoralities they hold dear?
        Enjoy honey and, get used to it!

         
      • joni davis

        August 9, 2013 at 1:28 am

        would sending a message on their FB page work? They really need to hear a huge outcry of negative feedback!

         
      • David Fuhrman

        August 9, 2013 at 1:38 am

        It is no coincidence that the decline in American morality directly parallels the upswing in broadcast television. Most homes in 1955 did not have a tv set. When they started to get them we also saw the beginning of the decline in morality. Freedom of the press was intended to apply to the news media, not the entertainment industry. Unfortunately our Supreme Court has lost sight of the intent, and (along with other issues) has placed itself in Congress’ shoes and become a legislative body. Until we straighten out our government, things like this will continue to plague us.

         
      • Jayne

        August 9, 2013 at 1:39 am

        You’re correct ?Rebeca!

         
      • Rick Tallent

        August 9, 2013 at 8:49 am

        The FCC is too busy trying to sell-off the broadcast tv spectrum to the telephone companies for more “wireless access” spectrum to do their job. Oh, by the way, did you catch that??? The FCC is trying to get broadcast stations OFF THE AIRWAVES….that will do away with the broadcast standards all together since they will be cable or satellite and NOT “broadcast”…..it will only get worse!

         
      • LAURIE NULL

        August 9, 2013 at 3:36 pm

        I TOTALLY DISAGREE with her when you say, “Sometimes, a sex scene is needed.” NEVER is a sex scene needed on TV or in a movie. The only time a sex scene is needed is in the confines of your own bedroom between a married couple (man and woman). When did Christ tell us that it was OK for us to watch someone else having sex, simulated or not! UGH!

         
      • Rebeca Seitz

        August 9, 2013 at 3:51 pm

        Hi, Laurie. Thanks for your comment. I should clarify what I meant by “sex scene” – I didn’t mean it was needed in terms of watching an entire simulated sex act. I meant that, for an artist to explore certain concepts, it may be necessary to reveal that the characters had sex. The book I mentioned – A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty – is a very good example of this. What I remember of the movie and book, Bridges of Madison County, is another example. The Bible reveals to us when a sexual act played a role in the story we’re reading (e.g. King David & Bathsheba, the adulteress brought before Jesus, etc.). But, as with the Bible, there is a tasteful, responsible way to communicate sex in a story (true or otherwise) without showing full on nudity and a sexual act between adults.

         
      • JoAnne

        August 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm

        And, there is that famous scene from “Gone With the Wind,” the staircase scene. There are things that are sexier when in your head, rather than in front of your eyes!

         
      • Rich Theriault

        August 13, 2013 at 10:44 pm

        Hi Rebecca, thank you for your constructive stand. My name is Rich Theriault. I am the founder of a young company, MyTVChoice, that has a product that skips commercials while watching live tv. I started the company because I believe that parents should be able to choose what they see and what their children are exposed to. We are initially focused on live sports but as we expand we can cover anything. Currently myTVchoice allows you to switch to a “safe” broadcast channel during commercials. Future versions will allow people to choose from select highly affirming content, which will seemlessly play in the substituted space. If you are interested i would like to discuss ways we might work together to affect positive change.

         
      • Larraine

        August 13, 2013 at 11:38 pm

        Good for you, Rebeca, for speaking up. We’re with you on this! “I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day or night; you that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence.” Isaiah 62:6

         
      • Mary Kaye

        August 14, 2013 at 11:32 am

        Good Going Girl. Just heard you on Glenn Beck and you are 100% correct. I too am from Naples and have a blog and I am going to put a link to your post. I guess you might call me a senior citizen though I still feel like I’m 28…I worry all the time about the future of this country and what will life be like for my children and grandchildren.

         
      • Sam

        August 14, 2013 at 12:03 pm

        Only a bible thumping professional victim would see this and categorize this as an attack on your Christianity by the liberal media. You should know that tv is all about ads and money, nothing to do with attacking conservatives. If you don’t like that then don’t watch tv, that’s free market for you. Network stations are corporate prostitutes, even fox will put what you consider “soft core porn” on their network and their website. The conservative go-to of the liberal media attacking you is old and pathetic. Have them watch the 700 club so they learn that’s its ok to beat your wife, for your daughter to learn to keep herself fit and pretty because if she doesn’t it justifies her husband to cheat on her…actually wouldn’t hurt for you to learn that too.

         
      • Sam

        August 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm

        This blog is a perfect example of a bored housewife, like the one in the show, with nothing better to do. You’re bitching and complaining about sex? Really? I thought zealot Christians like yourself love heterosexual sex? Maybe next time your will complain from a scene involving 2 men or 2 wome making out in bed. Get over it. Sounds like you’re battling your own demons about the prospects of cheating, or already cheating, on your husband as the trailer shows.

         
      • Rebeca Seitz

        August 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm

        Hi, Sam. Thanks for your comment. While I have the utmost respect for housewives – raising kiddos and running a household are nothing to discount – I am blessed to be the leader of both a for-profit (Glass Road) and a non-profit (SON: Spirit Of Naples). “Bored” is certainly not an accurate descriptor for me, and, sadly, neither is housewife.

        Yes, studies show that married Christians have sex more often – and have more fulfilling sex – than non-married couples. I can personally attest to the truth in that. The issue here is one of appropriate place for images and information. Two naked people having sex in a commercial airing at 8:26am in the middle of Good Morning America is not the place for such content. If one doesn’t possess a moral reason to believe such, then check out the studies that reveal the effects of exposing children to sexual imagery. They have sex earlier, and those who have sex earlier choose to have unprotected sex. So, sure, take the fact that I’m a Christian out for a second. I’m still a mom who wants her son to be healthy and whole – and that means he has no business viewing sexual imagery at 8 years old.

         
      • Bette S

        August 14, 2013 at 6:25 pm

        Bravo for speaking out. It has been 40 years since my husband and I walked out of a movie theater. That was when nudity was foisted upon the unaware movie goer. Other than my own distaste for being a voyeur, my children were involved with the performing arts and I didn’t want them to grow up to act in films or theater that condoned this; why would I watch another mother’s children do it? Since that time we do not see a movie in which soft porn is depicted; we read reviews and know in advance what we will see. Since television joined the bandwagon of offensiveness, we screen that too. We are now two adults living in our home and haven’t changed since the children are out of the house. The grandchildren are safe with us, but obviously not from GMA; glad I don’t listen to that show too.

         
      • katt

        August 15, 2013 at 6:15 pm

        thank god for people speaking up about this.i have had enough of it also and i will fight hard to get this awful ads off the tv thank you rEBECA

         
      • David Nelson

        August 16, 2013 at 1:01 pm

        You should file a complaint regardless of how backed up they are. I mean, to have an image of two people on top of one another without clothes on and showing no private parts for 2 or 3 seconds could seriously damage your child for life. You should sue ABC for the trauma this has caused. When he comes home from school today, you should ask him: “Do you remember that commercial this morning and the picture of the lady and the man that was on the screen”. No doubt, since this was “burned into his brain”, he’ll most likely respond: “What?”

         
      • Rebeca Seitz

        August 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm

        Hi, David. I did file a complaint with the FCC. I think if you read the follow up to the post you’re commenting on, you’ll see a note to that effect.

        My son vividly remembers the image. He has asked questions in the days since, including today.

         
      • David Syla

        August 16, 2013 at 3:49 pm

        You apparently are another so-called Christian moralist attempting to impose her narrow view of morality on the rest of us…and, once again, regarding some false “issue”. First, the ad is not, by any objective measure, “soft porn”. “Soft porn” typically involves visual representation of genitalia. Second, there is no reason why your opinion of what is acceptable for your children to see on the public airwaves (at any time of the day) should trump what I think is acceptable…for myself or for children. If you don’t like what ABC, or other broadcasters broadcast, turn off your TV. Third, if you truly are interested in fighting “immorality”, choose to fight something that is actually immoral, like war…where the body parts that are hinted at in the ad that so offends you are actually blown off people’s bodies. Would that you “Christian” moralists expended even half the time and energy you expend getting worked up about some inconsequential “issue” on the real issues that your Jesus talked about: hunger; war; justice.

        If you’re going to pull out the nails and hang yourself to the cross (because the world is persecuting you), how about being persecuted for something that really demands a price, instead of knee-jerking about a second of chest to chest skin on morning TV?

         
      • softballumpire

        August 16, 2013 at 10:58 pm

        Oh i am just going to watch GMA even more now.

         
      • Lori

        August 17, 2013 at 12:53 am

        Appalling. Rebeca, have you heard of One Million Moms? http://onemillionmoms.com/ They are a Christian organization who take action for inappropriate things in the media, from TV shows, to many forms of media ads. They have had a great deal of success. Thank your for getting mad and going public with this. I don’t get TV because I can’t afford it, so I don’t know a whole lot about what kind of ads go on. But I know that sex sells, and we have a very depraved society right now. It’s very difficult for children to keep their innocence past 4 years old anymore with all the bombardment of sex in every form of media. You never know when and where it will pop up. God bless you.

         
      • Jaimie

        August 17, 2013 at 12:51 pm

        I went to the GMA facebook page, and there wasn’t a way to post but I did message the page. I might copy-and-paste the same thing in a message to ABC. I never did like ABC, but this is ridiculous.

         
      • Lindsay

        August 17, 2013 at 6:59 pm

        A competing company won’t shed light on the problem because they are doing the SAME thing. I was horrified to see commercials that came on during the Today show. I voiced my complaint to the local station and never even received a response!

         
      • Mary C Wilson Andrews

        August 17, 2013 at 9:54 pm

        Thank you for your courage for speaking up for all of us that believe that this is disgustingly wrong on so many levels. I am tired of the way that our Country’s morals and values are being undermined constantly by liberal media and their agenda. Proud to follow your blog, Mary

         
      • Mike

        August 17, 2013 at 10:40 pm

        They played it to draw in viewers to their show, you posted it to draw in viewers for your cause. The hypocrisy amazes me.

         
      • Mike

        August 17, 2013 at 10:53 pm

        I watched the clip on YouTube and unless you are extremely naive, you had more than ample time to see where this ad was going before any skin was shown. You could have just turned it off. Even to get there from the other room should not have been a problem. Where do you draw the line with your censorship? What if someone’s religion says a woman’s body must be completely covered, should all our television require women to wear Burkas to accommodate, or is it only your religion that is considered? As for the study you sited, it says children who watch sexually explicit movies not children who see a 10 second clip of to people embracing may engage in sex earlier.

         
      • NLeriche

        August 18, 2013 at 8:11 am

        Rebecca, thank you for taking a stand! In a society where everyone wants to be an Echo, and noone dares to be a Voice, you are a sign of hope – I just wish we had more courageouse men and women like yourself. It is my pray, that God will give you inner peace and strength, as you continue to be a voice, in a morally bankrupt society.

         
      • Kevin

        August 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm

        Well, our local high school made the right decision in firing a basketball coach after it was discovered he had made a short film 10x worse than what you saw but the p.c. police came out in force and got the low life rehired.

         
      • dee

        August 18, 2013 at 4:23 pm

        I agree with you I have no cable for this reason and yet. the ad executives pay no heed.They have no moral code. I keep seeing a Drano commercial that clearly equates the back up in a pipe to a woman that needs intercourse. How rude to debase woman to sell a product. What cou;ld they be thinking. It is not cute,cleaver or fine to push this garbage into our homes. Thank you for your work

         
      • Shannen Wilde

        August 19, 2013 at 2:10 am

        Only thing I have to disagree with you is that you say sometimes a sex scene is needed. Really? I think not

         
      • Shannen Wilde

        August 19, 2013 at 3:03 am

        I was just wondering if there is some way you could block the vulgar comments from some of these wierdos. I don’t want to see the lovely people being called the “C” word or saying that they would make a good “F”. These people make me sick! Maybe they think they are just having fun, but they break my heart.

         
      • jack

        August 19, 2013 at 10:49 am

        Awwwwwwww cry a river

         
      • Shannen Wilde

        August 20, 2013 at 11:45 pm

        I just saw a commercial for the restraint Ruby Tuesday. Their new ad campaign is “fun between the buns”. Yuck. Wont be eating there.

         
      • Shannen Wilde

        August 20, 2013 at 11:46 pm

        Oops, I spelled restaurant wrong.

         
      • Paul Wylde

        January 29, 2014 at 11:26 pm

        Fascinating that no one has yet mentioned the automatic gun also featured in the clip – a device specifically designed to kill other human beings, nor the core content of the narrative – betrayal. The more that religion and it’s brainless followers like you, try to make the most natural of human urges – connection, intimacy and love seem wrong, the more you will alienate, confuse and repress what it is to be a human being. Still – this is great promotion for your business, right?

         
    • Kurt

      August 9, 2013 at 1:39 am

       
      • Kathleen Jenkins

        August 9, 2013 at 2:11 am

        Thank you Kurt, for that feedback link.

         
      • Pam

        August 9, 2013 at 2:39 am

        Thank you for the link. I did give them an ear full of feed back on this.

         
      • Pale Rider

        August 14, 2013 at 9:02 am

        Best feedback is not to watch the channel to begin with — turn the TV off, or watch FOX!

         
    • An-drew Simmons

      August 9, 2013 at 2:39 am

      and the irony? DISNEY OWNS ABC, TAKE IT FROM SOMEONE WHO WORKED THERE. DISNEY ALSO OWNS CNN. Hmmmmmm.

       
      • Courtney

        August 9, 2013 at 9:22 am

        Are you sure you are not confusing the CNN acronymn with ESPN? CNN was founded by Ted Turner. Turner broadcasting was purchased by Time Warner (i.e. Warner Bros.) when Turner was forced out of his company by the board. Time Warner then merged with AOL to become AOL Time Warner before the whole mess was purchased by CBS. ABC, a competitor of CBS, was already in cahoots with Disney long before they merged, playing Disney shows on broadcast television after they had aired on capable. Combining the two companies just made official what had been happening for years. This is what Disney owns: http://thewaltdisneycompany.com/about-disney/company-overview

         
      • softballumpire

        August 16, 2013 at 10:29 pm

        No disney does not own cnn get your facts straight.

         
      • Geneva Hill-Berry

        September 8, 2013 at 8:33 am

        Lol!!!!! Courtney really laid it on the line for u! Just a thought, you said that u “worked” there, Hmmmmm, were u perhaps “Fired”!!! Hmmmm. You An-drew Simmons sound like an “angry” “EX-Employed person! So, sit down, and watch a nice “Mickey Mouse” cartoon, and maybe u will feel a little better! Ha, Ha, Ha!

         
    • Mark Reed

      August 13, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      Excellent comment, Ms. Everson. May I suggest that everytime you and others take offense at a viewpoint or programming impropriety, take the initiative and use the Net to contact the tv network, radio program, and newspaper or magazine publisher that carries the commentary. I can attest that you will almost never receive a response, but we make a collective difference when we raise our voices of conscience and say, ‘no more.’

       
    • Parker

      August 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      “Whatever happened to Foghorn-Leghorn? To Bugs Bunny?”

      So, in other words, morning violence “Yayyy!”…Morning sex, “Ewww”. RME and judging you rn. Amuuuricans…smh

       
    • softballumpire

      August 17, 2013 at 7:48 am

      Eva get a life. she watching GMA with her 8 year old son. her 8 year old son breast fed by the mother its not like he does not know what a nipple is… oh btw… when he widen his eyes up… at least she should feel good he not gay.

       
    • skyfiopu

      August 17, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      this is nothing about worred.

       
    • Lynn Morrissey

      August 18, 2013 at 12:54 am

      Good to see you here, Eva Marie. You’ve nailed it: Yes, it’s porn, plain and simple, and simply appalling. It’s ubiquitous, and so it’s important to take a stand. These kinds of graphic images are everywhere–on TV (the time of day matters not–it should not be on, period), in movies, on billboards (I hate highway signage, period, which defaces the landscape, but it would be interesting to determine if billboards of any kind cause accidents by distracting drivers–I digress– in magazines, on beaches, and in the malls. I complained to the concierge at the local Galleria about the porn ads for Victoria’s Secret displayed prominently, larger-than-life, in display windows for all shoppers to see, young or old (you simply couldn’t miss them). I was also completely affronted when our Loretto Hilton Opera Theater in St. Louis, in nearly miniscule print, forewarned patrons that there would be nudity in one of their operas. While I appreciated a warning, I couldn’t imagine their doing this in a respectable, upscale and family theatre. I didn’t attend, but I did my best to voice my opinion, calling the theatre manager, the mayor of the county where the theater is located, etc., etc., but all to no avail. No one would stop it. The nudity was added gratuitously and was not in the orignal opera. It’s a small, intimate theater, and this took the meaning of intimacy over the top. I think we should take a stand; I don’t know if it will make a difference or not, but we should still lend our voice. In the meantime, however, I don’t patronize these things and I don’t watch them at home. I might gently add, Eva, that Elvis was not exactly considered innocent. His moves were highly sexual and caused quite a ruckus in the fifties. I appreciate you, and it was good to see your words here.
      Lynn

       
      • Shannen Wilde

        August 19, 2013 at 3:29 am

        I so appreciate everything you said. I read some jerks comment saying that if we don’t want to watch it, just turn the channel, but you brought up such a great point. Turn off the tv? don’t go to the mall? and don’t drive the highways or streets because of the strip club signs and other nasty things they show? I would bet there have been more car accidents caused by some idiot reading a billboard than by talking on a cellphone.

         
    • Lynn Morrissey

      August 18, 2013 at 12:55 am

      Eva Marie, I commented to you, but for some reason, it displayed below.

       
    • George

      August 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Pastry and cereals? Well fed precious kiddos, indeed. Allowing them to watch TV while they eat is a hallmark of a good loving mother. Same for adults, anytime, unless you make your living watching this stuff.

       
      • Ron

        August 23, 2013 at 9:55 pm

        Splitting hairs a little; I’m pretty sure the cereal was for the kids. Mom was having the pastry with her coffee.

         
    • Thomas

      August 21, 2013 at 3:15 am

      Rebecca

      Just listened to tour interview on the blaze…you said not to cancel your cable, that we need monitor them. I have a different view. I cancelled my cable over six years ago…I have been way ahead of most people with disgust with TV, Hollywood and even cable news (CNN or FOX, it doesn’t matter, they both lie to you). The average cable bill is $71 dollars a month. If one million people cancelled their cable in protest, that’s $71 million a month and $852 million a year!! That’s almost a BILLION DOLLARS! What kind of message do you think that would send these idiots that push their FILTH and PROPAGANDA? My family and I get along fine with out TV. I don’t understand why you think that you would be depriving your children of anything. You would be doing them, yourself, and humanity a big favor. Think about it. There is life without TV. CUT THE CORD!

       
    • rgcope

      September 9, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Spot on. Bravo!

       
  2. Grace Seitz

    August 8, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I have also seen this ad but at 10 p.m. or there abouts. There is absolutely no justification for showing something like this early in the morning. They must be getting desperate for viewers.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 8, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      That’s something I don’t understand, either. Data clearly shows viewers prefer to NOT have this level of explicit content. So why do it?

       
      • Courtney

        August 9, 2013 at 9:27 am

        It is not about what viewers want. It is about selling soap. Television is interested in what advertisers will purchase, and since advertisers use sex in their ads on the “sex sells” principle and see television as a way to make more people see their ads, they are willing to pay more for sexually-charged entertainment than for the family-friendly entertainment. The “ratings” part of the industry is not about getting people to watch the shows. It is about getting people to watch the ads so advertisers will buy more ad space. We may be the end users, but we are not the customers, so the networks only care what we think if we stop using their products. The only way to put pressure on the networks is to boycott them, and too many people are addicted to entertainment for us to make that work.

         
      • Jai

        August 10, 2013 at 9:36 am

        Sadly, sex does sell. And while many say they DONT want to see it, the porn stats among men AND women say otherwise. The porn stats among kids ages 8-18 are just as astounding. The stats don’t waver between Christian/non Christian either and research is showing that the porn watching rates among Pastoral staff is ever growing as well. It’s the secret sin that is taking over our families and nobody wants to admit to it. Women don’t want to believe the worst in their husbands and husbands don’t want to be put to shame in front of their church. Visual displays of sex are a real problem for our men, and now our sons and daughters. It doesn’t make them bad people but it until it gets stopped – morning sex scenes are only going to get worse – not better.

        http://www.covenanteyes.com/pornstats/

        So, while many say they don’t want to see this stuff, Advertisers, media, etc – they know better. They know that the top internet searches are for sex, explicit romance stories, etc. They know what everyone is doing in secret, they know what is selling. While we are saying one thing, our actions, our buying and viewing patterns are showing otherwise.

        Don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk. Maybe they will start believing us when we say, we don’t want to see this.

         
      • Michael Dugas

        August 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm

        So people talk about it that’s why. And a certain percentage will then also go watch it.

         
      • Russ Dougherty

        August 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm

        That is absolutely correct, Rebeca. Dr, Ted Baehr from Movieguide.org has studies proving that family friendly,entertainment produce the highest grosses in entertainment. It just amazes me how so many in media reject the notion of family friendly and faith based films. We have produced a family friendly film and although people in other countries, (Brazil and South Africa) have welcomed it and are happily distributing it, many film distributors in this country won’t talk to us because this film has Christian values. A few smaller companies have signed on with us and I applaud them. We share your feelings about the garbage that is in the mainstream media. The problem is that very few people stand up and protest it and offer alternative entertainment. Thank you for doing what you are doing. If there is any way we can help you get your message out to more people, please let us know.

         
      • Shannen Wilde

        August 16, 2013 at 5:52 pm

        Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Nothing makes me angrier than thinking I am watching family friendly programming and suddenly a Victoria Secret commercial or Carls Jr. commercial comes on. I literally sit holding the remote in my hand the whole time we are watching t.v. in case I have to quickly switch the channel. I don’t know why t.v. and movies insist on showing such graphic images. We are not dummies. If a couple gets in bed together we can assume they are going to have relations and we don’t need to actually see the act. If someone wants to see that kind of thing they should just watch an actual porn. I love the idea of Rick Therialts my tv choice. I really hope his company is available soon. But I love that you are also being so proactive in this movement for a change in what these advertisers think is a perfectly acceptable commercial and not borderline porn. The day I can sit down and watch a show and not be on high alert with a remote in my hand will be a great day. Keep it up!

         
      • richt619

        August 16, 2013 at 6:31 pm

        Hi Shannen,

        Thanks for your kind words.

        They really don’t care. Basically they have been in control too long. The tail is clearly waging the dog! That is why it is important to use technology and good judgement to gain control of our world. That is the first step in establishing order in the relationship. So we start with eliminating the “bad stuff”. Once we get back 1/3 of the time we then have the opportunity to choose to view content that is consistent with our individual values in that space. They don’t dictate to us – we don’t dictate to them. I am planning a next step for mytvchoice that will allow subscribers to choose not only alternate broadcast content during the commercial breaks – but other internet-based content as well. So for example vignettes of material family-friendly materials or books could be chosen, educational material, art, music, architecture, positive role models etc etc. Information and communication flows today in multiple threads of short bursts. This is perfectly suited for the 30 – 60 – 90 -120 – 240 second commercial breaks segments.

        The subscriber gets to “drive the bus”. MyTVchoice is currently available for national sports broadcasts for NFL. MLB, NBA, NHL and live reality TV. You can decide to program mytvchoice to go to an unsubscribed cable channel – a blank screen during commercial breaks. Then you can decide what you want to do.

        Let me know what other programming we should add in. Maybe GMA!!!!!!!!

        Thanks

        Rich

         
      • Shostakovicz

        August 17, 2013 at 12:00 am

        I have to ask. What data? Can you cite reputable, peer reviewed studies that support this claim?

         
      • Mike

        August 17, 2013 at 9:40 pm

        Why focus so much energy on this? If you are the Christian you claim to be, why not focus on drones killing Children? Torture? War? Poverty? You seem like you have the time on your hands and the passion to effect change, why waste it on this? Your kid will survive seeing some skin. Will you? Your children will need therapy, not from seeing this harmless ad but from having such an overprotective prudish parent who views the human body or sex as dirty.

         
      • Barbara Stowes

        August 18, 2013 at 6:49 pm

        Although I agree with everything you are saying (I too have been a young victim of seeing something I should not have), if you do not let this go it will scar your children. Even if your other child did not see it, she/he knows about it. A child can sense off your vibe as a parent. A child has a forgiving and forgetting heart until we recap events. I have worked with children for 25 years. Remember you have to do what is good for your children.

         
      • Barbara Stowes

        August 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm

        I agree with Courtney. They have realize that more people look at tv in the morning before work while drinking a cup of coffee, so why throw in an ad or two. Yet, if we do not watch the channel, we cannot watch the ad. No offense, I have not watch ABC but every blue moon because of the offensive content, so why would you let your child/children watch it for any reason. You did say you let them watch the news so you can have discussions, well now you have this to discuss once and LEAVE IT ALONE.

         
      • Shannen Wilde

        August 19, 2013 at 2:41 am

        I am computer illiterate so if you could please tell Richt The Mytvcoice guy that I am so happy that he came up with this idea and I think he’s gonna make millions! Take that Hollywood and all your smut. Could you also ask those cheerleaders at our family friendly football games to put on a little bit more clothes? LOL

         
      • Rich Theriault

        August 19, 2013 at 7:33 am

        “Hi Shannen,

        Thank you for your kind words.

        The strong feelings expressed in this blog as to what is/is not appropriate clearly points out that having the ability to choose what our experiences are is helpful and important. Any help you, or anyone on this blog can do to spread the word on mytvchoice is much appreciated. It can be purchased on our website http://www.mytvchoice.com.

        Now we don\’t have to choose between not watching something we are already paying for because the advertisements ruin it! No more unpleasant surprises!

        Rich

         
    • Jayne

      August 9, 2013 at 1:41 am

      Let me be even more “prude”. I also think the feminine ads should be on at a different time. I don’t need to explain the menstrual cycle to a 4 year old boy or girl. Or why one uses Viagra. It just shouldn’t be necessary.

       
      • Becca

        August 9, 2013 at 3:51 am

        Jayne, My personal belief is that those type of commercials are not necessary at all. We as women, know what to do. Men need to go to the DR for their problem to get the med so it is not necessary anymore than an ad for penicillin. If they can ban cigarette commercials then there isn’t a need for these. Really, are commercials necessary anyway? Unless it is for a big sale at a store or an upcoming show or movie coming out. But products in particular, not necessary. You have to go to the store to get what you want anyway.
        When was the last time anyone saw a commercial and said “wow, I was wondering what I should buy, that is a good commercial so I will get it!”
        I guess I am just a logical type thinker?!

         
      • Anna Allen Chappell

        August 9, 2013 at 9:37 am

        agreed.

         
      • Tina Knipp

        August 10, 2013 at 12:36 am

        agree !

         
      • shaundriaewell@yahoo.com

        August 10, 2013 at 10:31 pm

        I couldnt agree more!!!

         
      • shaundriaewell@yahoo.com

        August 10, 2013 at 10:33 pm

        I couldnt agree more!!

         
      • G. Fitzgerald

        August 13, 2013 at 2:46 pm

        I agree Jayne, I keep expecting my 8 year old daughter to walk in and ask me what a 4 hour erection is!!! So far she hasn’t, but I also don’t want to hear about the side effects from all these different drugs they’re peddling on various news programs. I’m just over all of this…we need to take a stand and get this crap out of our faces and homes!

         
      • jix

        August 14, 2013 at 7:04 pm

        I agree with Jayne but it shouldn’t be limited to only Prime Time. I also wish I didn’t have to endure the commercials for the vibrator that supposedly “blows your hair back”, any host of telephone chat services, “longer, stronger, more frequent …”, Pos-T-Vac, catheters, etc., when I’m not watching an “adult” channel. Not a prude, just tired of constantly getting slapped in the face with it. I don’t want to be exposed to this stuff while I’m enjoying television with my husband and/or adult children. It makes all of us uncomfortable.

        I live in the Mountain Time Zone, so prime time for me is 2 hours after prime time for networks that originate in New York. I get around it by DVRing the shows I watch regularly, and fast-forwarding through the commercials.

        None of these commercials are necessary anyway — these days, virtually everyone who has a TV also has access to a computer and the Internet. All it takes is a search of any interest one might have to turn up thousands of Web pages about it.

        Thanks for taking a stand, Rebecca, and I join you in not accepting that “the presence of standards equates to the hatred of anyone and is therefore somehow unacceptable in the public square”.

         
      • momiss

        August 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm

        I can remember a time when they weren’t on. It seems like a hundred years ago!! And those ads for Enzyte with the highly irritating whistle and “Bob” with his “sack full of pride” and whatever. UGH!

         
      • Shostakovicz

        August 17, 2013 at 12:01 am

        If you think it shouldn’t be necessary to answer children’s questions honestly and without shame, then perhaps being a parent isn’t for you. We bring them into this world, the least we can do is explain it to them.

         
      • Jaimie

        August 17, 2013 at 12:58 pm

        Those commercials are just a couple of the many and various reasons my husband and I have decided that our children won’t watch TV at all when they’re little. (We DO plan on allowing them to watch wholesome, child-appropriate videos and movies; we’re not going to ban them from the television entirely). When I was young, PBS was full of great children’s shows, but even that now has things of which I don’t approve. And that’s the only channel I could ever consider allowing my children to watch; nothing else on TV is child-appropriate anymore.

        I don’t need crap like that to be fed to my children’s brains. I remember seeing the occasional inappropriate image on TV as a child, and it’s permanently burned into my memory. My (future) kids don’t need that at all.

         
      • Donna

        August 17, 2013 at 5:41 pm

        Oh yes, I agree about the products you named. It was terribly embarrassing when my then 3 y/o starting belting out “Viva Viagra!” around some older relatives! And while that type of anecdote is cute and funny, the truth is, young kids do NOT need to know all about Viagra or be repeating things they are too young to grasp. I also am amazed and appalled at the commercials encouraging couples to buy vibrators or high octane lubricants……..those are always fun ones to explain to young kids! Not!

         
      • Shannen Wilde

        August 19, 2013 at 2:57 am

        You are preaching to the choir girlfriend! You must have read my mind. I think we are pretty resourceful and we can find our supplies without some chick wearing all white doing the splitz on her time of the month. Give me a break.

         
    • William Warfield

      August 13, 2013 at 6:11 am

      You hit the nail right on the head!

      I hope to e-mail ABC and express my outrage also! Thanks!

       
      • William Warfield

        August 13, 2013 at 6:17 am

        I was referring to Grace Seitz’ comment when she said ABC was desperate for viewers by showing this junk in the morning. She hit *that* right on the head. I don’t know why my comment was put in the wrong place, even when I clicked on the “reply” button under her comment.

         
  3. 3corddesign

    August 8, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I simply do not turn the TV on any more. Period. I got tired of the trash, including the news & commercials, battling for space in my heart and mind. I do not miss it, and it’s been 2 years. When I’m at another’s house, and the TV is on, it reminds me that I made the right choice. The assaults are constant against the Spirit inside of me, and reveals just how “desensitized” I was just a few years ago. Instead, I play praise music, read, write, paint, go for a walk, or bike ride, etc… There’s so much more to life than TV.

     
    • Kathleen

      August 9, 2013 at 1:02 am

      awesome-that’s what more of us should do. just turn it off. period! LOVE your post 3corddesign!

       
    • Zach Stander

      August 9, 2013 at 2:38 am

      i haven’t participated in television in over three years, no cable; by choice. my mind is clearer, my time freer and LOVE not being associated with the crap of propaganda on every single major media news station!!

       
    • Malcolm Alexander

      August 9, 2013 at 12:43 am

      I gave up watching tv some years ago. Not really a conscious decision. It’s just that I found less and less programs that interested me. Vacuous, shallow content; obvious attempts at indoctrination and a steady decline in what they consider the moral line. The fact is, society hasn’t changed that much, it is still full of sin and corruption; it’s just that with tv and radio, it comes into our homes with depressing regularity now, despite so-called censorship. Best to keep the box off.

       
      • Courtney

        August 9, 2013 at 9:30 am

        I am just about there myself. Everything I enjoy watching is a few decades old.

         
      • softballumpire

        August 16, 2013 at 11:00 pm

        stop with your religion bs.

         
      • Shostakovicz

        August 19, 2013 at 11:26 pm

        Softballumpire, whether you agree with them or not, they have just as much right to their opinions and their faith as you do (or the absence of faith, if that’s the case). While I disagree with many things that have been said, freedom of speech must work for everyone or it’s useless.

         
    • shelley reel

      August 9, 2013 at 3:23 am

      We’ve not watched TV since 1986. Dont own one now and do not miss it in the least. My children were raised without it and are better for it. Just turn the thing off. You see what you’re being fed?

       
      • softballumpire

        August 16, 2013 at 11:01 pm

        you cannot make a judgement like that.

         
    • Ashley S.

      August 9, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      @ 3corddesign “war against principalities” is reigning true with every day. I hope my family comes to this point and we get rid of ours also.

       
      • 3corddesign

        August 9, 2013 at 5:41 pm

        Ashley, You WILL feel much freer!! I pray that your family breaks free of the stronghold of TV! We are told to protect our heart and renew our mind. Watching most TV only gives legal grounds to the enemy to enter your heart and mind, and take it captive, instead of taking our thoughts captive unto the Lord.

         
    • Tracy

      August 13, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      When our local cable company went out of business, we didn’t bother getting anything new. TV just isn’t worth our time anymore. It’s either 1) over sexualized, 2) pushes a liberal agenda (at the cost of a decent story line), or 3) trashy reality tv. Not paying for any of it. I’ll watch what I want, when I want, online. And that isn’t very often anymore.

      And from what I’ve read, a lot of people are doing this. Cable companies and television channels are scrambling to figure out what to do. I guess they think offering more sex will fix it. Not for me it won’t.

       
    • Jaimie

      August 17, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      I agree. My husband and I do subscribe to Netflix and watch movies together, but we don’t pay for cable/dish/whatever, and when at other people’s houses when it’s on I’m reminded of why we don’t watch it. SO many good reasons. It’s just not worth it at all.

       
    • Janet Bradley

      August 18, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      I, too, have given up my TV. It has been a year now and I do not miss it at all. I became so tired of watching a show and then having 5 – 9 minutes of commercials where half were offensive. Call me a prude, but I do not even think we need a toilet paper commercial that totes “Enjoy the go!” Really!?! For those of you who do not think today’s TV content does not affect or is necessary for healthy growth of a child I ask “How ever did you grow into such a responsible adult?” Or did you?

       
    • Shannen Wilde

      August 19, 2013 at 3:19 am

      You are an inspiration to me. I cant live without tv, yet it angers me constantly. Even if I got rid of tv. can you imagine the most uncomfortable moment visiting my very Christian mother in law and a lubricant commercial coming on. Or even a Carls Jr.? We shouldn’t have to live like this. And our kids shouldn’t have to live without Sesame Street and the shows we grew up with. I come from a huge family and we have been boycotting Carls Jr. for 20 years. Obviously it hasn’t worked, but it makes us all feel a little better knowing we have not spent one cent there. Have you even tasted their food? Its so awful I guess they think pornographic commercials are the only way to sell their poop burgers. Wow I sound so immature and lame. And if your asking how I know what they taste like, a friend got me a burger and I ate it without asking where it was from. It wasn’t until after I puked my guts out that they told me it was from yucky carls jr.

       
  4. Marinilda M. Leatherman

    August 8, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Maybe GMA prefaced it with, “The following may be inappropriate for young viewers,” but is that really an excuse? So if I wasn’t watching from the beginning, if I just happened to switch to that channel on a whim, I don’t deserve protection from indecency–or, at the very least, some appropriately placed blurry pixels? Sorry if I’m not a loyal enough viewer to watch every second of your show and their precious advertisements. This is a good way to guarantee I never watch it again.

     
  5. Deonne Lindsey

    August 8, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Reading your blog got me to wondering just when it was that we as a culture stopped recognizing that some things should be private- and simply aren’t appropriate for all audiences. And every time one of these types of situations crops up, I don’t see people arguing that kids should get to see more of this stuff. The argument (if anyone bothers to make one in favor of such blatant displays of sexuality, simulated or otherwise) is always that we should be able to watch what we want. I, for one, believe that there needs to be a general audience standard that doesn’t reach this low. And no, I don’t understand why anyone thinks that this is appropriate to a morning audience. Makes no difference to me that it’s an ad, rather than a part of the news show.

     
  6. gweyant

    August 8, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Yes i agree whole heartedly there is way to much of this showing up. Now Like you a good tastefully done love scene is one thing but these books that are all sex are not (in my opinion needed or teally wanted.

    Please understand I am not coming down on the authors that write. Erotic. Fiction that is their opinion. What I am saying is we ant our kids to take it slow so how is flashing sex all over helping kids take it slow. I would want stories that iwould enjoy reading with a daughter.

     
  7. Big Charlie

    August 8, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I showed this picture to a group of my co-workers, and even the 26 year old single guy in the room looked at it and said, “That’s soft-core porn!” and none could believe that it was shown during the morning newsertainment shows. And apparently Facebook agrees with his assessment. This is yet another reason why the only morning news shows I ever care to watch are Fox and Friends and sometimes Morning Express on HLN.

     
  8. Becky

    August 8, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Absolutely amazed that this showed up in a commercial on morning tv. It seems like they are slowly trying to introduce more and more and push the limits further and further. I don’t know who they think wants to see that, especially in that time slot.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 8, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      I kept thinking that too, Becky. Who wants to see sex with their coffee and cornflakes?!

       
      • Robert M

        August 14, 2013 at 12:11 pm

        What responsible parent exposes their child to network news? That’s only slightly less damaging than providing them vodka for breakfast, and not nearly as productive.

        Don’t you own a radio? Talk radio is SO much better for your children because it forces them to actually think and use their imagination, and studies have proven time and again that radio actually stimulates important regions of the brain that television visibly suppresses.
        Sure, it’s not the auto-babysitter that keeps the kids placated like television, but there is also no chance for them to accidentally experience images you find taboo, so it evens out.

        Also, if your kid is 8, he has pornography, somewhere. Every 8 year old boy does. And the more you try to keep it from him and make a big deal out of it, the more curious and pushed toward it he’ll be. It’s human nature.

         
      • Maradonna

        August 18, 2013 at 8:19 pm

         
      • Shannen Wilde

        August 19, 2013 at 2:07 am

        Hey Rebeca I want to thank you so much for starting this crusade. I first of all have to agree with the lady that said even toilet paper commercials have become offensive. We don’t need going to the bathroom to become some kind of Olympic event. We can figure it out without a stupid ad campagne. I know how to wipe my tush and I don’t want to see a commercial about it while I am eating. I have read some really disgusting remarks from some sociopaths that really make me so mad. They are so crude and must be written by someone with no life. YOU are not a hippocrite. I apologize for my spelling. You brought so much peace to me. I thought I was alone and being way too uptight about what I was seeing on tv but I found out about you and I am so happy now to know that I am not alone. I cannot believe some of the vulgur words that have been written by some people for no reason. How could someone be so evil toward you or your fans when you are just trying to send a good message? I so appreciate what you are doing and I am so happy to hear about Rick and his mychoicetv It is about time. I also agree that we should not give up the fight because it is not just tv.. it is billboards, store fronts at the mall, magazines at the checkout stand. We are not allowed to talk on cellphones while driving, yet we are bombarded by huge billboards that in my opinion are waay more distracting. I also want everyone to know that I am not a prudish Christian. I am just a normal human being that wants people to not have to stop watching tv because they are afraid of the content. I want people to watch what they want to watch. If someone wants to watch graphic stuff, by all means watch it. You seek it out. But for us whom are not seeking it out, please give us a break!

         
  9. Stephanie

    August 8, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    This is appalling and I’m quite frankly glad I didn’t see it. My daughter is only two but has recently started paying close attention to what she sees on TV. You really wonder what their brains are trying to process when they see sex, violence, and the myriad of other scenes that come on when the channel is not on Sprout or PBS.

    This is a bad bad choice by these network execs or whomever made the decision to show this commercial at this time of day!

     
    • Shannen Wilde

      August 19, 2013 at 2:51 am

      Thank you Steph. I gotta tell you without saying my age, when I was about 4 I found some of my dads magazines and to this day I remember what I saw and I remember how weird I felt and I still feel kinda violated till this very day. It is forever in my brain and it makes me act a little different than what a normal person who hadn’t been exposed to the stuff I saw and I am not talkin playboy.

       
  10. Susan Norris

    August 8, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Our culture has been slowly desensitized to soft porn to the point it is used to sell anything from a hamburger to a cleaning product without public outcry. It is because of our culture’s ability to turn a blind eye that over 100,000 children a year are being sold domestically for one man’s pleasure and another’s financial gain. It is why there is a huge need to open up more beds for treatment for victims of this atrocity. The more we view the inappropriate and accept it as the norm, the more our society falls, commercial by commercial, episode by episode. Our children’s innocence is being stolen from them. It’s time to take a stand and say, NO MORE! We must all raise our voices unified by our purchasing power, by our viewing power, and buy complaining to advertisers. It’s all about the almighty dollar, so we must tackle the fight where we’ll get their attention.
    Kudos to you, Rebeca, for sounding the alarm this morning and taking a stand. While we don’t have to view Leave it to Beaver, there does need to be more quality television produced for people or I’m throwing my television out.

     
  11. kristinemac

    August 8, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Oh how I wish I could say viewing this sort of explicit image or bit of film was a surprise but it is not. Sadly, the envelope is being pushed further as sex becomes nothing but a casual encounter, or worse, demeaning both women and men as nothing but objects. Is it any wonder more and more women are being drawn toward pornography when this is available. Tragic.

     
    • allen reddin

      August 9, 2013 at 3:51 am

      I AGREE 110 % KRISTI ! ! !

       
    • softballumpire

      August 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

      it was a tv commerical for a show… get over it.

       
      • Megan Sainsbury

        August 19, 2013 at 3:23 am

        I wouldn’t like my young children to see that, completely inappropriate, I hope you don’t have or plan to have children, please get sterilised.

         
  12. Joy Hannabass

    August 8, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I agree with Eva Everson…What on earth were they thinking!! I would love a phone number, I will gladly call someone at ABC or GMA. Our nation is getting so out of control, this is just so sick! That image is not planted in your children’s minds…..along with all of the other kids that saw it. We should have a boycott of GMA and ABC until they do something….
    I’m listening Jared Anderson’s “Hear Us From Heaven” as I write this….what a wonderful song and prayer to meditate on as we think of this! “Lord hear our cry, Come heal our land……”

     
  13. Liz Cummings Litterello

    August 9, 2013 at 12:32 am

    come on now…this is GMA on ABC…GONE are the MORALS OF AMERICA on the ATHEIST BROADCAST NETWORK…i never pollute my space with ANY of the garbage they push…no surprise here….

     
  14. Beverly York

    August 9, 2013 at 12:35 am

    I haven’t watched TV in a long time, and the few times I’ve tried, I’m either hit with trash, stupid programs that are not funny, or I just loose interest. Television is not like it use to be, and so I left it. If you disagree with the program or anything on TV, turn it off and leave it off. After a little while, you don’t even miss it. I have trouble trying to watch anything on TV now.

     
  15. Jeanette Victoria

    August 9, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Really guy just dump the TV. Get a Roku box,

     
    • April M Blake

      August 9, 2013 at 12:44 am

      We have ROKU. Although, I will say it is better filtered than cable or sattelite tv. IT is not perfect. THere are still channels that have nasty language and sexual content. Even some commercials that aren’t decent. Thankfully, I have the ability to remove those channels.

       
      • Shan Walker (@shanGURUwalker)

        August 9, 2013 at 9:19 am

        there are “commericals” on Roku channels? Aw man, I WAS thinking of getting one but wanting to cut out commercials entirely

         
  16. momiss

    August 9, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Is this what we’ve come to? Uh, YEeeeeeaaaaAAAHHHH. Do yourself a huge favor and turn the TV’s off! I have not watched “primetime” for almost 10 years and when I do happen to see something these days I am literally shocked at what they put on television. I cannot believe people let their kids watch the crap that passes for entertainment but is basically indoctrination. They just keep chipping away at it. The only thing that will make them stop is if no one watches it. I would say you are just lucky it was at least heterosexual sex. It won’t be long until you see much worse, by my lights.
    And that is JUST LIKE FB!!!! Keep screaming!

     
  17. pippinfur2013

    August 9, 2013 at 12:39 am

    I read somewhere recently that they (the FCC??….don’t recall exactly) want to push the envelope with language so that, basically, the F-bomb would be the only word NOT allowed. Enter A– (already pretty prevalent), S–t, and just about everything else. This has convinced me it’s finally time to let go of the boob-tube (how apropos…..).

     
  18. momiss

    August 9, 2013 at 12:39 am

    PS Shared this post on FB. :) I found it through Todd Starnes’ page.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 9, 2013 at 3:19 am

      Thanks for sharing it, momiss! I’m not sure the answer is just turning the TV off and letting it go. I think that may have something to do with where it is today. When we disengage completely, we cede the space, don’t we? And when we do that, what does the next generation receive?

       
      • momiss

        August 15, 2013 at 6:40 pm

        I find it hard to identify what ground is left to lose on mainstream tv. Look at what children have received in the last 20 years and you have your answer. But I am 48 and have raised 4 children with no one getting pregnant out of wedlock (or at all–yet—I am ready for grandkids!) or having any trouble with drinking//drugs or the police. Yet. Knock on wood, as I have 2 16 year old twin boys still at home.
        In the 90′s when The Simpson’s came on, a cartoon with a bratty, mouthy kid who seemed to be the smartest one in the house with his idiot parents, I turned the TV OFF. It has continued to roll downhill like a snowball ever since. Maybe I should have fought more then, but as long as they can sell air time I believe it will continue. If no one watched it, then it would stop. All they understand is ratings, and even when rating drop dramatically they continue to fund the insanity. MSNBC is just one example of this.

         
  19. Dorothy Clift

    August 9, 2013 at 12:43 am

    This is horrendous!!!!! I’m with you all the way on this.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 9, 2013 at 3:21 am

      Thanks, Dorothy! Please check out spiritofnaples.com. We’re working hard to equip and encourage those who are creating high-quality, thought-provoking, entertaining films, TV shows, and books. If we all work together, we can turn the biggest of ships! (okay, I feel a little like Nemo right now asking everyone to swim down…)

       
  20. Roger Richardson

    August 9, 2013 at 12:43 am

    The best thing to do is never turn on a network television show. They have lost credibility and now they are trying to use sex to lure the (perverted) audience back.

     
  21. Joshua

    August 9, 2013 at 12:50 am

    This is one of the main reasons we watch everything through Netflix or DVD. But beyond our family choices for viewing, you bring up the very pertinent issue of how art helps to shape culture. If we wish to have a healthy society, we must produce healthy art. Furthermore, we must train up our children to have discerning and value-driven tastes. Without these two things working together in tandem, the descent into maelstrom is unavoidable.

     
    • Kingston Hawke

      August 17, 2013 at 6:26 am

      Who’s definition of “healthy art” are we using exactly? Because I think all art that is an accurate reflection of the actual world is healthy art. I hate sex scenes when it’s obvious that they just threw it in to grab attention. But in a story called Betrayal about adultry, I think it’d actually be unhealthy for them to omit sex.

       
  22. j.Mach

    August 9, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Television programming , other than FOX has been a down hill slide for ratings and titillation of people mesmerized by porn. I think FOX news at 6 PM, Bill O’Reilly and Megn Kelly round out my day of TV. I’d rather read and enrich my mind than watch the drivel.

     
    • Mike

      August 17, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      It has been proven that people who watch Fox News are less informed than those who watch no news at all.

       
  23. Tony

    August 9, 2013 at 12:57 am

    For those who missed it, here is the youtube url to the trailer that includes this shot. This should NOT have been shown on a morning news show!

     
    • Tony

      August 9, 2013 at 12:58 am

      Oops here’s the link to the trailer. See for yourself http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zR0A09sYrU

       
      • Rebeca Seitz

        August 9, 2013 at 3:22 am

        Thanks for that, Tony!

         
      • Steph

        August 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm

        Just watched..no need to “tune in” the whole trailer was a give away. It will be canceled in no time. It is riding on the heels of Revenge to cash in on ratings. I totally agree that this should never air on A.M. programming or primetime for that matter…trash!

         
  24. satanstricky..remember?

    August 9, 2013 at 12:58 am

    This is why “we christian folk” don’t have any of this garbage coming into our house..not even the propaganda called the “morning Show”… let alone believing satan wouldn’t be a tricky bastard and flash stuff when it “shouldn’t ” be on..

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 9, 2013 at 3:24 am

      I defer to a reply I made above – when we cede the space, we can’t be surprised at what the next generation encounters, at what it becomes. Don’t we have a responsibility to stay in the space and do something about it?

       
      • higherinspired

        August 18, 2013 at 12:22 am

        Where in the Bible does it say, or even elude to the notion that we have a responsibility to stay and do something about filthy television? I am asking this in all seriousness. While – of course – there was not TV then, if we are to feel compelled to “stay in the space” then how does the Bible support this idea?

        Television is not a requirement or need in life!

         
  25. Terry Laite

    August 9, 2013 at 1:03 am

    The Pic, i see here is this what you are upset about,??,, your children seeing a man and woman holding each other and kissing with out showing ANY nudity, (apparently you have not been to a beach of late) Check out any news show and you will see people getting shot and killed right there for you and yes your children to see and they make sure it right in your face , the gory and brighter the blood and guts the better and i have yet to see any one post about this if you do an around the clock viewing of the TV you will see murders and accidents and war 9 now these are especially nice for your little junior to see and yet I still dont see any complaints posted anywhere, Go into a gaming shop and ask what are the top sellers ,, yes you got it little johnny is buying killing games, and parents are letting them play them , often right in front of you as well. So if this Pic is what your little one seen for 2 seconds ( 30- or 40 sec. if you kept pausing it to show them) , and you are upset,, it is you that needs the realty check , Civilization is going down hill fast when parents get up set about this and not the Killing sports on News.

     
    • Sabra Morse Onstott

      August 9, 2013 at 1:25 am

      The woman, at least, is clearly completely naked in that shot. The man is at least topless. How is that NOT nudity?

       
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 9, 2013 at 3:31 am

      Hi, Terry. I live ten minutes from the beach so, yes, I’m familiar with the immodesty of beachwear these days. The pic I’m objecting to is embedded in the post. It is two completely naked people, the woman on bottom, horizontal, simulating sex. Prior to that image, there were images of two other people having sex, though the woman was wearing lingerie. I objected because I am a parent who does not allow my children to play the kinds of video games you mentioned, or watch the violent shows you mentioned, or engage with images and concepts that his eight-year-old mind and her four-year-old mind are not yet equipped to process.

      My objection is not to the existence of the image – it is to the placement of it as an ad within a major news morning program that people of ALL ages should be able to watch. Sex scenes don’t belong on the air at 8am in between Good Morning America segments. Many of us parents watch the news with our children so that we can discuss with them what is going on in the world around them, teach them how to process it, how to engage and do their part to make their corner of the world a better place. We should be able to do so without being assaulted with indecency.

       
  26. Kate

    August 9, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Interestingly I also find the Viagra and cyalis commercials
    Offensive- all through the day and night – I don’t need my preteen girls and
    Boys hearing about being ready any time – it’s inappropriate- as so many things are these days- even just the language and sitcom content at 8 pm is very risqué to me-

     
    • Grace Seitz

      August 9, 2013 at 1:43 am

      I have often wondered how many children are asking their parents “what’s an erection lasting four hours?” I get really tired of hearing those ads not only on TV but radio as well.

       
      • Rich Theriault

        August 19, 2013 at 3:20 am

        Hi Grace,

        Too many times I suspect. That is why we invented mytvchoice. You can skip the ads while watching live tv! No need to be surprised while enjoying family time watching the game! Check it out the videos on our home and about pages at http://www.mytvchoice.com.

        I would appreciate your feedback! Thanks

        Rich

         
  27. Jimmy Reynolds, Jr.

    August 9, 2013 at 1:06 am

    I followed the advice of Hollywood actors years ago when “they”, in unison, suggested that if I didn’t like what I was viewing I could either change the channel or turn the TV off. ABC won’t stop the porn peddling. Quite the contrary. Their programming will rapidly grow ever more explicit to satisfy a sleaze hungry viewer-ship that, thankfully, does not include me.

     
  28. May

    August 9, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Quit watching secular tv years ago because I got tired of women parading around my living room, in front of my husband and children, in underwear that I myself wouldn’t even wear!

     
  29. Bob

    August 9, 2013 at 1:11 am

    My TV stays off for the most part. I’m really contemplating canceling even basic cable.

     
  30. Michelle Moulton

    August 9, 2013 at 1:12 am

    you need to contact One Million Moms. They are a Christian group that fights stuff like this. I can’t tell you how many letters I have sent to networks and sponsors requesting, boycotting, and pleading to have shows, commercials and series removed from television.

     
  31. George

    August 9, 2013 at 1:13 am

    The problem that I am finding is that outside of this woman’s blog, there is nothing to be found from others that may have seen the same thing. Either she is the one and only viewer of GMA or this incident was not wide spread and my have not even happened outside of her cable provider, if it even happened at all. I have family that work for local TV stations and had something like that aired on our local ABC affiliate, reporters would be all over it, Facebook and Twitter would be melting, the local affiliates website would probably crash from an overload of comments about this behavior during the local morning news.The Tv station’s Facebook page would have, literally, thousands of posts from viewers about this. All I can find in Bing, Google and many other type of searches I just did regarding this incident, is NOTHING other than the original blog entry referenced above. So before people start getting a lynch mob to hang ABC from the nearest tall sturdy tree- find out more and whether this actually is a valid legit complaint. Now, maybe, there is the possibility that Obama’s mainstream media has silenced all outlets from mentioning anything about this incident and that is the reason why I never found anything else to support or oppose this ever happened.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 9, 2013 at 3:41 am

      Hi, George. I can assure you that this really happened, in my living room, this morning. The picture you see in the post is the one I took of my own television, in my own living room, this morning. I took the picture because I intended to warn my husband what our son had seen so he could talk with him about it and I didn’t think any words I used would adequately describe the explicitness of it. I then put it on FB because I work in the media and entertainment industries and a lot of my FB friends do as well. I wanted us to have a conversation about what to do.

      As for why you don’t see other tweets and FB posts about this…well, I think that may speak for itself about why ABC believed they could air such in the first place.

       
      • nita

        August 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm

        Good for you Rebeca for speaking up! While I don’t have children as I haven’t had the chance to be married, I appreciate your example of speaking up for something that is offensive and your determination to make the airwaves better and safer for children and adults.

        The above comment by George and yours reminds me of something a friend said years ago. She worked for Clairol hair products, in customer service. One day in church we were having a discussion about the media and what we as individuals can try to do to make things better (ie less sexual content,etc). This friend said how it is important to speak up when needed.She said when Clairol started a certain commercial where a woman sounded as if she were having sexual pleasure while washing her hair, the company prepared for an onslaught of complaints. But I think my friend said they had no complaints..or perhaps only one.

        I know I found that commercial offensive, a definite learning experience.

        Good luck and don’t let the negative folks bring you down!

         
    • Shostakovicz

      August 17, 2013 at 12:06 am

      George, I just don’t think that many people were really bothered by it. Mrs. Seitz was, that is obvious, but I do honestly think she’s the minority here.

       
  32. Anthony Baker

    August 9, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Thanks for getting angry, Rebeca. So many would not, and that’s a big part of the problem.

     
  33. Ron

    August 9, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Most media today is inappropriate for any decent person of any age.

     
  34. Robert Jackson

    August 9, 2013 at 1:37 am

    dont like it don’t buy cable, be a parent. Don’t think you need to regulate what I see.

     
    • Greg

      August 9, 2013 at 1:50 am

      yeah but then they wouldn’t get any attention

       
    • Linda Arteman

      August 9, 2013 at 2:58 am

      It should be that you can buy cable to see whatever you want. For TV that comes to us over the airwaves, our regular network stations, there should be a limit on sex and violence, as well as bad language. For any adult who chooses to watch porn or violence, there is plenty available on the Internet or cable.

       
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 9, 2013 at 3:46 am

      Like I said in the post, Robert, I’m not advocating censorship. I’m not saying we should remove all nudity, or that there is never a reason for a sex scene. I’m not even saying that you shouldn’t have a channel you can go to 24/7 to watch all the sex you want. No problem. Your choice. And, because I AM a parent, I can make the choice to not allow my children near those channels.

      What I’m objecting to here is the placement of an explicitly sexual ad during a national morning news show that people of all ages – including children – watch. Surely you can agree that showing sex to kids is wrong.

       
      • June Trieb

        August 19, 2013 at 2:23 am

        Well stated, Rebeca. I encountered a similar problem while watching a show that my 13 year-old daughter enjoys–”Switched at Birth”. I was intrigued by it, as a large portion of the story line is about the deaf world (I used to teach hearing impaired/deaf children). Also, I wanted to have an idea of what my daughter was watching. In many ways, it is a fun show, with some good elements. However, I was really angered by the inclusion of sex scenes, or implied sex scenes, for so many of the characters, including the high school kids. These kids were just 16, and several had had numerous sexual partners. One relationship was between a 16 year-old, and her much older boss. The message was loud and clear–everyone is “doing” it, and if you don’t, you are some weirdo-Bible-thumping-Christian. This is NOT the story that I am telling my two teenagers. There is a better way!

        I have been angered for years over what is on display at grocery stores. Is anyone else bothered by the content of greeting cards, that are at eye level for early readers? Sheesh. I have been known to move these out of view out young eyes. Victoria Secret ads and commercial, Abercrombie ads, movie previews,…the list just goes on and on.

        Thanks for speaking up. I share your outrage!

         
  35. Louise Hotflash Scofield

    August 9, 2013 at 1:40 am

    I stopped watching ALL news programs both network and local and rarely watch TV at all, especially with my kids present just because I am fearful of this type of trash being paraded on my TV set for the whole damn world to see. Unless we as a society quit watching this crappola and boycott those companies which promote and sell their wares on these types of shows, nothing will change. I joined one million moms and I write letters all the time to these companies and I put my money where my conscience is, if I KNOW a company is supporting this crap I do NOT buy from it no matter how badly I or one of my family members may want something that they sell. Hit them in the wallet, it is the only language they understand because they have NO morals. None of the major networks are truthful about anything so it is not real news anyway. Stop watching it and you won’t miss anything.

     
  36. Chuck

    August 9, 2013 at 1:44 am

    The choice is ours. We choose God and His truth or we choose the world.

     
  37. Greg

    August 9, 2013 at 1:49 am

    I think the only thing inappropriate is that they showed that scene in an ad during that time of day. Other than that there’s nothing wrong. Honestly not all stories can be shaking handshakes and smiles, the show is a drama about breaking vows and such and it’s on when you’re kids should be in bed. And yknow theres more violence and sex in the Bible and Shakespeare than in these shows.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 9, 2013 at 12:46 am

      Exactly, Greg. My issue is not with the existence of the show. To each his own. My issue is that the very explicit sex scenes promoting it were aired during a morning news show that should be appropriate viewing for audiences of all ages.

       
      • Mike

        August 17, 2013 at 9:44 pm

        So let me get this straight, a morning News show that talks about Murder, abductions, rape , war,etc. is appropriate viewing for your child in the morning but showing a little skin is gonna damage them?

         
  38. Richard Carpenter

    August 9, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Another example of the so-called “Disney Family” making those decisions and forcing someones liberal beliefs at our children. There are several things about the network that are very distasteful. Under the Dome is a great Stephen King miniseries, but of course one of the sub-stories involves lesbian love. Just like the shock of “real” war video games… their goal is to get you where it doesnt shock you anymore.

     
    • momiss

      August 15, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Exactly.

       
      • Mimi Dick

        August 15, 2013 at 10:29 pm

        I agree—I’m getting tired of seeing “gay” couples on TV and it’s just starting and will only get worse as this gay movement keeps gaining attention and we are “supposed” to think that being gay is “normal”! I’m not a prude but when they started with the feminine products I didn’t like that as like someone else said we shouldn’t have to explain what all this means to young childre.
        Plus—on cable–so many of these shoes OVERUSE the F word to the point of it being ridiculous!
        Most people don’t talk that way all of the time even when we use it occasionally to make a point but not anywhere around children! Some of these cable shows shouldn’t be on when kids are around and it’s a shame as some of those shows could be interesting-even educational-but with that language I just can’t watch then! Duck Dynasty DOES NOT use that language and they are VERY SUCCESSFUL so those other shows really don’t need to be so vulgar all of the time

         
  39. nikki hole

    August 9, 2013 at 2:14 am

    well i accept the fact they are brain washed in this new generation but to leave there unforgiving gestures and unmoral libertarian to now carry on that. in there own homes and about government well said

     
  40. Bob Branham

    August 9, 2013 at 2:18 am

    You don’t need TV any more. Light commentary in the morning aside, you can get everything you want on your TV through your internet connection and this way, you can pick and choose what winds up in front of your kids’ eyes or your own for that matter. Wouldn’t it be wiser to pre-consider what is going to be ‘on’ in your house rather than allow some editor to make those choices for you? I gave up broadcast TV many years ago and found I had been wasting so much time and brainpower. I am far more informed today than when I depended on paid information systems. I am for more discerning about content today than when I sought the professional content managers’ products. I am far more alert to the mind control advertising tactics and now investigate the claims of product and service providers. The unfortunate truth is, you will discover how much indoctrination you get through all of Hollywood’s product if you use your information access to seek good, right, beautiful, educational, informative content as opposed to the stuff we allow the professionals to spoon feed us.

     
  41. Lou Ann Johnson

    August 9, 2013 at 2:40 am

    I’m annoyed by many these days who simply try not to see what’s out there. I’ve had friends who say they don’t watch the news anymore – “it’s too depressing”, or don’t watch tv at all, because they don’t like what they see. These folks are just as much a cause of the problem – having your head in the sand doesn’t allow for any attempt at having a positive influence on changing our society’s behavior. And not knowing what’s going on with the government will not make their shenanigans go away. There will be horrific results if we don’t rise up en mass and demand something different.

     
  42. S

    August 9, 2013 at 2:44 am

    If it bothers you that much, don’t watch TV shows with commercials. It doesn’t matter what time it is, this is the world we now live in. GET OVER IT! If you really want to shield your kids from this stuff you might as well become a shut in. People like you are so annoying. It’s a choice you made to turn on the TV, no one forced you by putting a gun to your head. And you know what is on there now a days. You took the risk so deal with it!!

     
    • Tracy

      August 9, 2013 at 3:29 am

      S, why not post your real name? Why hide? There is such a thing as decency. Or at least there used to be. I’m sorry you were never exposed to it.

       
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 9, 2013 at 3:52 am

      Well, “S”, the point here is: shouldn’t we be able to watch a national morning news show without seeing naked people having sex? Why is an expectation of common decency “annoying”?

       
      • Shostakovicz

        August 17, 2013 at 12:14 am

        Rebeca, what you call “common decency” is simply your perceptions, based on your ideology and faith. I personally don’t see anything indecent. Had something like that shown on TV when my kids were that age, I’d have dealt with it rationally and quietly. Making this much of a fuss over it gives it much more power than it should have.

        I dealt with my kids’ questions as they grew up. Those that say, “We shouldn’t have to explain such and so to kids,” should not, in my opinion, have children to begin with. I consider them woefully unprepared for the task of raising and guiding children to adulthood. Our JOB as parents is to explain things to our children. If they ask about feminine hygiene, explain it. It’s not an inappropriate subject, it’s their normal curiosity about life. Just because one is embarrassed by it is not a reason to deny factual information to one’s children. My daughters grew up just fine in a house where sex was discussed openly as needed. Today, my oldest is happily married, and my youngest is a successful single working mom. They survived the occasional five second shot of skin, or the occasional glimpse of a breast without scarring. Kids take our cues from us. I predict if you hadn’t made the fuss that you have, your son would most likely not even remember the commercial.

         
  43. Nancy lastname

    August 9, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Oh, come on. First of all: “and by ‘we,’ I mean Jesus-following folk.” Really? Jesus-following folk like George ‘Lift My Luggage’ Rekers? Like Larry toe-tapping Craig? Like Robert Eric ‘buys sex toys for 14 year old girls as their youth pastor’ Warren? Come. On.

    And yeah, your kids saw naked people. So? It wouldn’t have been a big deal if you hadn’t acted like kittens were being set on fire. Sex is not shame, bodies are not shame, and frankly shame on you for letting them internalize that message.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 9, 2013 at 12:45 am

      Thanks for commenting, Nancy. No, I wasn’t meaning Jesus-following folk like the ones you mentioned. Though we Jesus followers are absolutely people who also mess up…a lot. :)

      My issue is not that my kids “saw naked people”. My issue is that my eight-year-old son saw two adults having sex – from a source that I should be able to reasonably expect will not expose him to such.

      As I said in the post, sex is an exquisite gift. I agree with you – sex is not shame, and bodies are not shame. Both are incredible, fantastic gifts we have as human beings.

      It is a debasement of those gifts to treat them lightly. To use them as a ratings ploy. Or to throw them in the face of a child who has no ability to adequately process the imagery yet – just to try to get audience share.

       
    • Neil Cowan

      August 23, 2013 at 2:16 am

      Haha Nancy. A good rational humorous comment. Thank ‘god’,

       
  44. Vargas

    August 9, 2013 at 3:05 am

    While I support and understand the concern of monitoring what your children watch. Myself being a parent to a 4 year old. I would, in all honesty prefer a natural moment as portrayed on the screen rather than any news story or film depicting images of gore and violence of any sort. IMO an image of a couple embracing is much easier to deal with than the latter. While I’m sure your children have never seen you and your spouse in coitus . I’m sure they have watched you kiss. Making a big deal out of a naked body of either sex can be very detrimental to child’s self image. Should that commercial been shown that early? No I think that was a poor choice. As far as background story relating to the scene of the couple, I.E. cheating on each other’s spouses out of wedlock, yadda yadda. It only matters if the child is old enough to understand the storyline or the child saw enough of it to understand it

     
  45. KN

    August 9, 2013 at 3:18 am

    THIS is why… I had my cable cancelled and no longer have TV. Absolutely nothing on there any more that is appropriate for children. Even commercials. Disgust.

     
  46. Shannon West

    August 9, 2013 at 3:20 am

    “I understand we’ve ceded the idea of morality in primetime. A moronic move, but one we (and by “we” I mean Jesus-following folk) have to own.”
    Ceded? Really? It’s not like Christians over the past 50 years said, “Whatever. We have nothing to say about morality on TV.” Christians and others of moral standing tried for years to stop the continual “pushing of the envelope.” Various Christian groups have tried various methods from boycotts to letter-writing campaigns, etc., but the people who run Hollywood are damned and determined to draw people in and to define deviancy down. Part of it is their own sin nature which wants others to become as corrupt as they, and part of it is the desperate cry for attention from a mediocre writing and production team.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 9, 2013 at 3:58 am

      You’re right, Shannon. Thanks for the correction. There were some groups that tried to stop the tide. There still are, thank heaven! (I even co-chair one – spiritofnaples.com :) – that focuses on helping get good content created)

      It seems to me that something happened in the early nineties that felt like the majority decided to give up the fight/focus on other areas. Reading the responses to my post here, seeing how many have left TV altogether, I hear echoes of ceding the space.

      I’m only one woman with one perspective, though, and I’m truly sorry my perspective in any way lacked acknowledgment of the hard work that groups did and continue to do to try to bring excellence to our screens.

       
  47. Tom Richard

    August 9, 2013 at 3:21 am

    I guess since I watch Fox and Friends every morn, on FNC I miss all the Garbage on the others Thanks FOX!!!

     
  48. Ala

    August 9, 2013 at 3:37 am

    While it is true, Rebeca made a choice to turn on the TV, it is also true that there are FCC regulations that prohibit such content being displayed at certain times of the day due to the fact children are more apt to watch. (e.g., CBS was fined a record $550,000 for Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” during the Super Bowl which occurred on prime time television) Our society is one that is no longer attempting to erase the lines of decency, but rather is militantly forcing down the fences! Sadly, anyone who takes a stand and voices a concern is labeled a fanatic. It should be remembered that “salt of the earth” will always burn in an open wound! Some may view it as being outdated and old-fashioned to try and protect family values, but air and water are also old-fashioned and you can’t survive without them!

     
  49. Donovan Weber

    August 9, 2013 at 3:55 am

    Doesn’t the title “Morning Sex” rely on the same marketing strategy that ABC is using to sell their programming? Sex sells? If people of faith would demonstrate some consistency, and have as much to say about conspicous consumption and greed as we do about sex in the media, we may actually have an audience again.

    BYW Did someone on here seriously suggest that FOX News was the remedy to this perversion??? God help us!

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 9, 2013 at 1:08 am

      Hi, Donovan! Thanks for commenting. Your question made me smile. I tried to come up with 2-3 words that encompassed what I was actually writing about. In my mind, it boiled down to whether or not morning sex should be on the TV between segments of a national news show – but that’s WAY too long for a title. :) I hoped folks would realize I was asking a question about the appropriateness of sex in the space in which I’d encountered it. Maybe I should have gone with “Morning Sex on TV?” but that felt too long and not like it would communicate the right mindset. Maybe “Morning TV Sex?” Still awkward. “Sex on the TV morning news?” Too long, again. So, I dropped the mention of TV, left the mention of morning, and let the body copy speak for itself.

      The difference between me putting “Sex” in the title and the blatant use of sex to gain audience share, though, is huge. I’m actually writing about and questioning the appropriateness of sex in a specific space in media – morning news TV. So, yeah, sex is in the title. I didn’t put it there to get people to read the post. I put it there so people would know what the post was about.

      Try to go easy on me, please. Any of the lovely folks I’ve worked with in publishing for years will tell you that titling is not my strong suit!

       
  50. Sarah

    August 9, 2013 at 4:00 am

    Robert and Greg- I don’t believe she is trying to regulate what you see! You can turn on Betrayal at 10 if you like. She is trying to regulate what her children see. She is attempting to be a good parent. One that actually raises, protects and teaches her children. Quite a rarity these days.

     
    • Shostakovicz

      August 17, 2013 at 12:16 am

      If she’s trying to regulate what her children see, she can do so by changing the channel, turning off the television, sending them to play in their room, or any of a number of things that don’t control what anyone outside of her home views. What Mrs. Seitz is in fact doing is advocating censorship.

       
  51. shark

    August 9, 2013 at 4:08 am

    I think someone should get it to Fox, I don’t know how or I would try! Mike huckabee would try to do something about it, I couldnt imagine my 7 y/o granddaughter seeing that.

     
  52. Anne

    August 9, 2013 at 4:18 am

    I never watch any tv in real time! I tape ever show I watch to the DVR and watch them after so I can fast forward advertisements. Now I know that I am doing the right thing! Shame on you ABC!

     
  53. welldoneson

    August 9, 2013 at 12:23 am

    This is how it “progresses”. Not too many years from now this will be the norm. As more and more of us protest, true believers will call us “prudes” or even “haters”. What do you think that “NOH8″ motto is? It’s basically name-calling, saying if you’re opposed to gay marriage you’re a “hater”(TM). These “progressives” aren’t really in favor of progress in the normal meaning. They are in favor of gradually dismantling our society. Ironically, hate is at the root of their motivation. They hate capitalism, hate that we are free to drive a car, free to fly to Hawaii. In their future, we will be “controlled”, and only the appointed controllers will have a car, and be allowed vacations.

    If you want to know what these people are thinking, just look at their statements and name-calling. That’s them. They do what they accuse others of. They think how they accuse others of thinking.

     
  54. Dolorosa

    August 9, 2013 at 12:29 am

    I cancelled my cable long ago and don’t watch TV anymore. I actually had withdrawal symptoms but I don’t miss it at all! You never know what they will put on next and young people, especially, are their target to destroy their innocence and morals.

     
  55. Sofia Monroe

    August 9, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Well why do you have to wake up and turn the tv on? If you are Jesus-following folk, why don’t you get up and pray and sing praise to the Lord instead of turning the tv? We live in 2013, 21st century this is the kind of stuff that plays on tv! Don’t like it? Don’t turn the tv on! As simple as that.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 9, 2013 at 1:23 am

      Hi, Sofia! Thanks for commenting. I pray before I get out of bed, including this morning. After the occurrences of today, I think God probably chuckled at my, “Lord, this day is yours. Do with it what You will,” usual start to prayer.

      I’ve often wanted to be someone who reads the Bible each morning, but I tend to do so at night instead – from the One Year Chronological Bible (on my second time through it now, but am woefully behind, just now to the part where Joshua dies).

      I do not like what I saw on television this morning. But I don’t agree that means to never turn the TV back on. I believe I should take part in helping create content that IS worthy of TV time. I am not comfortable with just giving up and walking away. If I do so, what TV will my children have at my age? Or their children? What if I apply that concept to books? Film? Art? Music? The church? These things should not cease to exist nor should our presence within them. It’s a broken world full of broken things. I want to be a part of bringing wholeness to the broken things. That’s what God did for me. Made in His image, I want to act like He acts, approach brokenness the way I see Him approach it. With outrage that it exists and by its existence causes pain, and commitment to cause its eradication.

       
    • Dari

      August 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      ~You really think it’s that simple Sofia and everyone else here who has made similar comments? The same images are portrayed on billboards in some cities. Stop driving down that stretch of road? Victoria Secret ads at the mall? Stop going to the mall? Blatantly sexual adds on magazine covers at the checkout counter? Stop going to the grocery store or pharmacy? And if we all do what you are advocating – ignore the issue by turning a blind eye – when it has infiltrated EVERY area of life, what then? Do I not have the right to believe as I wish? Do I not have freedom to NOT see naked people if I don’t want too? Surely you are not so naive as to think my predictions far fetched? Oh, and by the way…we do praise God and read our bibles to our children and grandchildren. And in that very bible God TELLS us to speak out, speak up, and make a difference in our world.

      ~And to all you Christian bashers who have commented here, you, like so many who are against “censorship” and “bigotry” practice it and don’t even realize it. And the freedom you espouse? What about me? What about my freedom to choose to believe differently than you? What if we weird, radical, bible thumping zealots DO actually turn this ship around and YOU are bombarded with ONLY Christian programing, and adds for Jesus, or against gay marriage and abortion. What if you and your 8 year old are watching TV one day and see an add stating that he will go to hell if he doesn’t accept Jesus? Will YOU just turn the TV off and become house bound? History has already proven that you and your ilk WILL speak up, you WILL censor, you WILL practice hate and bigotry against Christians, you WILL demand that the rights of others be trampled under the heel of YOUR belief system.

      And here is the great irony and greatness of our God…he loves you bashers just as much as he loves the Christian screw ups just as much as he loves the makers of that commercial just as much as he loves Mother Theresa just as much as he loves Charles Manson. The beauty of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is that he loves EVERY person commenting here the same, lovers, haters, sinners, saints. If only his followers could get that part right!

       
  56. laurel kaage

    August 9, 2013 at 1:28 am

    what happened to the family hour on network tv?

     
  57. adam

    August 9, 2013 at 2:27 am

    well, i’d be curious if people would create such a fuss over violence. Sure, I can agree that sexual content for young people to be exposed to is inappropriate, but I’d rather have a misplaced sex shot than pictures of bloody stains on sidewalks flashed in front of a child – that is, if I had to choose. It’s always interesting to see what tips people’s “inappropriate scales”

     
  58. Richard L Rice

    August 9, 2013 at 3:33 am

    I’ll take the morality and values of Father Knows Best to anything else television has to offer today.

     
  59. Ambie

    August 9, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Glad I didn’t see that, I would have gotten upset. That’s how it is now sadly. They act like sex is the best thing ever.

    Reminds me of another new commercial advertising a dang cheeseburger probably from Burger King or somewhere. Yes,they sexualized a cheeseburger! They are making X rated commercials even about food now. How upsetting and disgusting. The cheeseburger was shown with the meat blurred out like it was naked. The announcer was saying things like ‘Oh, you know you want to try it’ and ‘It’ll be the best you ever had’ in a suggestive tone.

    Another commercial I HATE is some commercial for a shampoo or hair product. They show her putting her fingers through her hair, flippiing her head back, closing her eyes, and loudly saying ‘YES, YES, YESSSSSS!’ Really? I actually get embarrassed when it comes on because to people in other rooms it sounds like I’m watching some Girls Gone Wild pay per view show.

    THIS STUFF NEEDS TO STOP. IT IS WAY OUT OF LINE.

     
  60. K9 Justice

    August 9, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Sorry but if you’re watching GMA and other hard core left wing agenda driven shows, what else would you expect to see at 8 AM? If you watch filth for news and entertainment, than why wouldn’t their commercials contain the same?

     
  61. Amanda {A Royal Daughter}

    August 9, 2013 at 4:23 am

    I just wanted to say that I think your argument challenging writers, actors, editors, etc. to come up with really awesome comment is *excellent*. (And I see that several of those who left comments seemed to have missed the point.) You are exactly right, as a society, or expectations of good entertainment and quality story-telling are woefully diminishing. It has come to this, the shock value of two naked people, to capture one’s attention, to pique one’s interest. Good stories sell themselves, and unfortunately, sex does as well. It seems to me that making sex scenes must be infinitely easier that crafting a well-written, well-acted, well-shot story.

    Kudos to you on an excellent observation, for sticking to grace + dignity in your response to those who disagree with you, and for going viral. :)

     
    • Shostakovicz

      August 17, 2013 at 12:20 am

      Amanda, the very concepts of “good entertainment” and “quality story-telling” are entirely subjective. That is precisely WHY one person or a small group of people (or even a large group of people) should not be making decisions for everyone. What I consider a good story is in all probability, not what you consider a good story. To me, sex does not automatically make it bad (nor does it automatically make it good, either). Much depends on the story being told, the quality of the writing and editing, the factual correctness, and many other things.

       
  62. Travon

    August 9, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Maybe you just have to accept that shit happens and there are worst things in the world then perceived offenses to your sensibilities. Stop assuming that your right to shelter your kids over shadows the rights of a business to produce a productand then legally and within their means pitch said product. I guaranty your kids will survive if their parents don’t scar them by riding to battle over things the kids themselves don’t even comprehend. Would you be reacting this why if it were a gay couple being intimate and your kids saw it? And Eva Everson, Elvis was considered vulgar throughout his career because people felt subjugated to his pelvis. Know what you’re saying before making a completely contradictory argument. First world problems I swear. Find something worthy of your uproar before rallying then maybe something willl happen that actually garners the support of people outside of suburban housewives

     
    • Native pride

      August 9, 2013 at 5:45 am

      Get back in the kitchen Erin brockovich no one cares what you educated people thinks. Respect our first world problems

       
    • Hana

      August 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      By attacking the value of suburban housewives, Travon, you just made yourself look like a fool. Go maybe you ought to reconsider your own prejudices before throwing stones.

       
  63. Adrianna

    August 9, 2013 at 6:35 am

    I stopped having commercial t.v. in my home years ago….too much filth I don’t want to expose my precious babies to. It’s not good for my brain, either. One of the BEST DECISIONS I ever made!!! Plenty of other sources to get news from, and I have Netflix so I can put cartoons I approve of on for the kids. Also, we get DVDs from the library. Please consider it…I promise you will not regret it!

     
  64. KLottman

    August 9, 2013 at 7:03 am

    I would have to agree with K9Justice, to a point, because that was honestly my first thought. I am a Christian as well, and it is precisely because of this that I don’t watch any of the morning talk shows on the major networks. They are in fact, left wing agenda driven shows, so to expect that their programming is going to support your personal beliefs and standards, is, in my opinion, a bit unrealistic. I personally wouldn’t expose my children to 90% of the things that are discussed during GMA, Today or CBS This Morning, which as I stated above, is why I don’t watch any of them. If you have cable or satellite television there are still plenty of the old cartoons and classic tv shows to be found, and many of them at that time of the morning, it’s as easy as changing the channel. And while I understand why perhaps you as an adult want to watch the morning news shows, maybe put your child in another room with one of the cartoon networks, or even a dvd with no commercials at all. There are certainly ways to talk to your children about current events without watching GMA or any other related show. That being said, the Indecent Broadcast Restrictions as outlined by the FCC does regulate such programming between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. http://www.fcc.gov/guides/obscenity-indecency-and-profanity. The problem you may run into here is what is considered “indecent”, and while I agree that this ad was sexually explicit, the FCC may have a different criteria, and since they are owned and governed by the left wing, you can probably count on it. For what its worth I would find this commercial offensive too, and it wouldn’t hurt to file a complaint with the FCC, the broadcasting network, and perhaps even your local affiliate station. But in my opinion, I would just stop watching these shows altogether and find a different source to keep you awaret of current events, and I certainly would not watch them with my children.

     
    • Dari

      August 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      KLottman, I see your point and agree with it as it stands, but let me add that news shows are a perfect way to teach your children your values, have informative discussions with them that help them process what they are most likely already hearing at school, (war, violence, etc) and hopefully show them why a firm foundation of morality and “right from wrong” is important. All news shows tell you in advance what is coming in the next segment so that a parent can be prepared. If they think a devastating tsunami or scantily clad rock star isn’t something they want their child to see, they can pause then fast forward, or go to a different show. Commercials come with not such forewarning to give parents a chance to react.

       
  65. Claudia

    August 9, 2013 at 7:57 am

    That’s why we don’t watch TV anymore. It wasn’t the TV shows, but the commercials….

     
  66. Mary,Mary

    August 9, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Girl……I think you need to clam down. If it bothered you that much, you should have just turned it off or changed the channel. Instead you told precious Andy to go to the fridge and REWOUND it!!!! I hate to tell you this but unless precious Andy lives inside a hamster ball…..he has probably seen this kind of image before.

     
  67. laywomansterms

    August 9, 2013 at 8:02 am

    I loved this post and especially your refusal to accept a lack of standards for fear of hurting someone’s feelings! Preach it! I am also sorry that your son was violated that way. I would be furious too.

    I am with the others who have encouraged you to banish TV from your home. I haven’t had a TV in my home for 4 years and while the transition was rough it is definitely one of THE BEST decisions that our family has made too. Maybe my children will resent me someday but I don’t think so. We still watch Netflix and rent Redbox. I just DO NOT TRUST commercial America to decide what my precious children see.

    One of my favorite moments is when someone walks into our home and recognizes that there is no TV. That the home shrine of entertainment is missing. “Where’s your TV?” one of my children’s friends asked. “We don’t have one.” I always answer with pride. “You didn’t have enough money or something?” she responds confused. “No, we do. We just chose to spend it on something else!”

     
  68. Sean

    August 9, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Try this link if you want to complain about this… https://www.parentstv.org/PTC/fcc/fcccomplaint.asp

     
    • Sean

      August 9, 2013 at 8:15 am

       
      • Rebeca Seitz

        August 9, 2013 at 9:02 am

        Thanks so much for this link, Sean. I’ve filed a complaint – and will do what I can to share that link with others as well.

         
  69. Celeste Martin Vaughan

    August 9, 2013 at 8:32 am

    One Million Moms is a great organization that helps get junk like this off tv…check out onemillionmoms.org. They helped get “GCB” off the air last year along with quite a few others that were just trash.

     
  70. Celeste Martin Vaughan

    August 9, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Sorry…here’s the actual link: http://www.onemillionmoms.com/

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 9, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Thanks for that link, Celeste!

       
  71. Susanne

    August 9, 2013 at 8:41 am

    It is why we no longer have a tv/cable/dish. We used to watch “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” and then realized our little kids knew ever man that women of “Desperate Housewives” had slept with just because of all the commercials that aired during the “family” show we were watching. It was no longer a choice of us picking the shows that were appropriate for our family. The filth followed. One time of having a four year old girl turn to her Daddy and say: “What’s ED?” (and he did spit out the pop he was having a drink of at the time) and you realize that it’s time to completely get rid of the tv. We still pick out shows on the internet and watch every once in a while. It was fine until the ED commercials, etc. followed there too. I find it sad that I’m told as a Christian I have no right to place my morals on anyone else. Yet it’s fine for society to force their lack of morals on us.

     
  72. Beth

    August 9, 2013 at 8:53 am

    This is so ironic considering they wouldn’t show a Lane Bryant ad during evening programming because it showed to much cleavage… hmmmm…. http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2010/04/22/abc-slams-lane-bryant-rejected-plus-size-lingerie-ad/

     
  73. Laura Parkhurst

    August 9, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Rebeca, I wrote on BETRAYED’s Facebook time line. And I reposted your blog link on my own Facebook. Thanks for sharing this. We all need to make some noise. The networks are trying to compete with cable shows that do have explicit sex scenes but at least you know if it is cable it should be handled with care. For ABC to air a commercial like that is outrageous. Wouldn’t if have been enough to just show them kissing. We could have guessed what was happening. To show the actors down to their hips like that is unbelievable and unfair to the viewing public. This is one reason I DVR stuff so I can fast forward through commercials. I should have power over what my children see. Thank you Hollywood for deciding for all of us when our kids should begin to see that refuse. I am ready to throw the TV out the door.

     
  74. Jeannette

    August 9, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Anything that is illegal to watch in real life (like a peeping tom) should be illegal to show on stage, screen or TV.

     
  75. Andrew Chandler (@cheesmo)

    August 9, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I rarely watch TV anymore. I try to watch overhaulin with my kids and get bombarded with ads for the Naked and Afraid show. It’s awful. Duck Dynasty and Car/Home repair shows for me only.

     
  76. Anna Allen Chappell

    August 9, 2013 at 9:39 am

    remember when we (me and my 40 something friends) were younger and thought that Tipper Gore was awful for trying to censor our MUSIC? Well, where in Hades is she NOW????

     
  77. Sarah Jane

    August 9, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I’m not surprised, but may I suggest you hide the picture and warn readers before clicking on the link that you yourself posted the photograph. My two year old was right behind me, but thankfully she did not see it.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 9, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Oh, Sarah Jane, I am so sorry!! So, so sorry for that!! It was a very hard decision, deciding to post the picture at all. Ultimately, I decided no words I chose could adequately convey the image that had come across my TV screen. When I did the blog post, I decided to put the image far enough down that someone would have to scroll to see it – in case someone clicked on the link, they wouldn’t have an image immediately there, right in front of them. I will go add a note at the top of the post right now that there’s an explicit image if you scroll down.

      So grateful your two-year-old did not see it. And again, very sorry.

       
      • Dari

        August 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm

        By the time I came across your blog the warning was there. I would have been upset had it not been, and I think you could have posted a link on your FB, not the actual picture that pops up in newsfeeds with no warning just as it did on your TV. I do understand why you did it, and do agree that the photo needed to be available, but in a way that others are allowed to make a choice to see it or not. Not even sure it should be in the article, but maybe a link to it. I personally would not view it, so it would be hard to scroll past it with my eyes closed in order to read the rest of the article, lol. Thank you for taking a stand. I appreciate it for my grandchildren!

         
  78. Thomas Bennett

    August 9, 2013 at 9:58 am

    First, if you scrutinize the image above you’ll notice that the people, while appearing completely nude, are not displaying their breasts or genitalia…considering the fact that they are actors their genitalia are probably covered anyway. Second, I pity you and everyone else commenting on this who have been systematically programmed (in your case by religion apparently) to believe that there is something immoral or inherently wrong with sex…as if it is something of which we should be ashamed. Third, I am vexed because it is people like you, and those who have jumped on the bandwagon with you, who insist on inculcating your ridiculous prudishness and insisting that we all feel ashamed about sexuality as you do. If you child had witnessed an act of violence or abuse I would understand. What he apparently witnessed was two people, appearing to be nude, in an embrace. If you seriously think that this is what you should be complaining about, as opposed to other problems we face as a species (oppression, war, starvation, etc.) then your moral compass has been completely screwed up by your love of a mythical figure (yes, I’m talking about Jesus – who happens to be about as real as Santa but a much bigger pain in the ass of the sane people on this planet). If you are so sexually repressed that this is a problem for you then by all means turn off your television and go talk to your imaginary friend about it. Leave the rest of us well adjusted, unashamed, and rational people alone.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 9, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Hi, Thomas. Thanks for your comment. As I stated in my post, I believe sex is an exquisite gift. Absolutely NOT something of “shame” – what we do to devalue it is shameful. Sexuality is absolutely not shameful. Showing sex to children is shameful.

      I agree that showing violence to children is shameful as well. That simply wasn’t what came across my screen or I’d have probably posted about it.

      You’re right that we have many issues to address as a species. I’m typically at work on those with the clients and people at Glass Road and SON: Spirit Of Naples. For me, it’s not an either/or discussion – it’s a both/and.

       
      • casegameaj

        August 14, 2013 at 10:40 pm

        Your kids cannot be sheltered from sex even at age 8.

        You would serve them better by playing down the issue, not making a big deal of it.

        Remember, they will grow up and trust me, boys will be boys even when they become men.

        I doubt your husband acted the way you did on this matter.

         
      • Rebeca Seitz

        August 15, 2013 at 6:33 am

        I just read your first sentence at least five times and am still shaking my head. Exposing eight-year-olds to graphic sexual imagery is not a given. That’s…sick.

        And my husband was as horrified and furious as I, if not more so.

         
      • suzer

        August 15, 2013 at 1:59 pm

        For my lefty siblings who are showing up to slam Rebeca: remember how after Sandy Hook we were outraged over the lack of oversight on gun ownership? We didn’t want to outlaw guns, we just wanted some mature, intelligent oversight. It is the same thing in this instance. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Standards and Practices has long had curbs in place, including the so called Family Hour. And regardless of the time slot, programs are required to place cards before the show (i.e. M for mature) to alert viewers. The only reason this is slipping is because money (and by extension, viewership and ratings) talks. And you can’t bring up the First Amendment. TV is not free. Every minute has a million-dollar price tag, paid by advertisers and networks. The only free speech TV is public access. I have worked in TV and films for nearly 30 years. The TV industry has been very pointed to self-govern: not depicting smoking, not using guns on camera, promoting gay rights through depiction of normal gay characters, talking about date rape, NOT depicting child sexual abuse except to have discussions by characters — and again there’s a warning on content like this. All positive moves in my view. Well, just because Rebeca is a Christian and has an issue here, you cannot dismiss her. Or else you might as well tell yourself, “Don’t like guns? Don’t buy one.” Rebeca is justified in her claim.

         
      • Shostakovicz

        August 17, 2013 at 12:29 am

        Suzer wrote:

        “And you can’t bring up the First Amendment. TV is not free. Every minute has a million-dollar price tag, paid by advertisers and networks. The only free speech TV is public access. I have worked in TV and films for nearly 30 years.”

        The term “free speech” doesn’t refer to the cost of it. It means that one is free to speak as one wishes without government interference.

        The actual text of the First Amendment is as follows:

        “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

        It says nothing about the COST of the speech, it says Congress shall make no laws abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.

         
    • Anna Allen Chappell

      August 9, 2013 at 10:52 am

      I think the point here – is that it was 8 O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING! and WHY does THIS need to be part of the advertisement?

      Before calling me a prude or such, I shall tell you that I watch all sorts of shows with my children – since day 1 – and have always answered their questions fully and truthfully – no storks in my house.

      There is just a time and a place for everything – I have to admit – this isn’t what I want to see on my television while having my morning coffee….

       
    • Stephen Yemez

      August 13, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      1. The point is, that content is not for all ages to view–did you even read the article?
      2. See above, it doesn’t matter if they’re covered or not.
      3. At no point was it stated there is something wrong with sex, she clearly stated little kids shouldn’t have to see that material on a morning TV show that’s intended for all ages.
      4. No where was it said you had to follow her or come to this blog, she is doing this because this is what kids are exposed to on a regular basis now.
      5. Ah yes, the anti-religious idiot. Always have to state they don’t believe in a “mythical” force but for some reason they feel so compelled to make it clear to people who could not care any less what you do or don’t believe in.

      You can take off that silly mask now, we all know you’re 500 pounds and live in your mothers basement ranting on blogs.

       
    • Dari

      August 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Thomas I can draw no conclusion from your comments other than that you think people who believe in Jesus or God are insane and irrational? If you Google a search of “famous people who are Christians” you will find names like Newton, Kepler, Descartes and too many more to name. I will let one of the greatest minds of this Century, Albert Einstein, address those comments, as well as your belief that Jesus was a myth:

      Albert Einstein received instruction in both Christianity (at a Roman Catholic school) and Judaism (his family of origin). When interviewed by the Saturday Evening Post in 1929, Einstein was asked what he thought of Christianity.

      “To what extent are you influenced by Christianity?”
      “As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene.”
      “Have you read Emil Ludwig’s book on Jesus?”
      “Emil Ludwig’s Jesus is shallow. Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrasemongers, however artful. No man can dispose of Christianity with a bon mot!”
      “You accept the historical existence of Jesus?”
      “Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.”

      “In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views.”

      “I’m not an atheist and I don’t think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangements of the books, but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.”

      Although never coming to belief in a personal God, he recognized the impossibility of a non-created universe. The Encyclopedia Britannica says of him: “Firmly denying atheism, Einstein expressed a belief in “Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the harmony of what exists.” This actually motivated his interest in science, as he once remarked to a young physicist: “I want to know how God created this world, I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts, the rest are details.” Einstein’s famous epithet on the “uncertainty principle” was “God does not play dice” – and to him this was a real statement about a God in whom he believed. A famous saying of his was “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

       
  79. Ashley Penn

    August 9, 2013 at 10:20 am

    This is why all we have is Netflix. We don’t even have the digital converter box to pick up the basic channels. Hubby and i, while Christians, are not prudes by any stretch of the imagination. I even studied media in college. There are certain shows we watch that hubby enjoys, mostly crime drama and mysteries. He likes tht in the end, the bad guy is always brought to justice. Sometimes, they feel the need to throw in a trashy sex scene. Hubby used to be a porn addict. So at this point he always picks up the remote and fastforwards to the next viable point in the story. What’s great about Netflix, or any other commercial free streaming service, is i can control what is on and when. When my son is awake, it’s VeggieTales and Disney movies. When he’s down for a nap, it’s Law and Order or somthing like that.

    If i want news, i go online. But i dont much watch news anymore. Way too depressing. I just stay up to date on the big stories.

     
  80. Emily

    August 9, 2013 at 10:21 am

    This is why we only watch Netflix and movies! If the world is like Sodom and Gomorrah…

     
  81. Jen

    August 9, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Actually, what led me to read this post was the title “Morning Sex?” next to a picture of two kids sleeping. I thought that was weird, so I decided to check it out. I’m not critizing your choice of title, but it is the same kind of sensationalism as the commercial that you are so mad about. The difference is you think you’re on the “right moral side”, so you think that’s ok. Lots of things are going to happen to your children that you would prefer not happen to them. Probably some already have if your 8 year old is in school (not homeschooled). I read a comment recently on facebook from a woman who was mad about the Rolling Stone cover with the Boston Marathon bomber on it. She said that her children (both school-aged) didn’t even know about the marathon bombing so it made her mad that her copy of Rolling Stone brought that information into her children’s minds. If her children are in school, I promise they heard about the bomding. My thought to her was wouldn’t it be nice if she had been the one to talk to her children about this? I believe the same is true here. If you feel the need to contact the network, I say good for you. People should have a voice, we all are, after all their customers. However, acting like your child has been assaulted in some way, is over the top to say the least. It’s insulting, more so then the offending commercial. I agree that shows with an adult theme should be carefully advertised. I don’t agree that this was a heinous crime by the network either. You could have taken a second and taught a values lesson. Don’t choose to never watch TV again. Talk to your kids and let them see you change the channel and explain that although sex is nothing to be ashamed of, you believe that TV is not the place for it, so you choose not to spend your time and energy with that channel. Let them see you making the choice to remove that from your life. And p.s. not every liberal wants sex to be plopped in the laps of kids. But you can’t remove everything from your child’s sight that you don’t like. My daughter is 17, and it has been an exhausting journey. I have had much better results with showing her that I make the choice to not participate in things I don’t like, rather than try to shelter her from the things that are bound to cross her path anyway. Hopefully, that will help her make smart choices as she goes out into the world. Maybe someday, she will choose to change the channel as well.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 9, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Hi, Jen. Thanks for this comment. I think I explained elsewhere that (a) I’m a horrible titler (see my other blog posts for great examples – ha!) and (b) my title was not created to use the sensation of the word “sex” to get readers, but to communicate what the post was actually about. The further idea you presented that I’d proactively use the word “sex” with an image of my children to titillate – well, that’s just heinous. No, that is not what happened here.

      As for using this to have a conversation with my child – I completely agree! That’s what I did yesterday and what I did this morning when he brought it up again. There was a lot of comfort in having him say, “That was so not the place or time to show that.” I only wish the ABC/GMA ad placement person had the same thought. We don’t shy away from discussing tough topics with our kiddos. My issue here was that (a) a graphic image is now burned into my kids’ brain and (b) I wouldn’t choose to have a conversation about sex with my 8-year-old in this manner. As the parent, I really should get to pick the time and place for those kinds of conversations – not have the issue thrust upon me because a national morning news program aired sex during a commercial.

      Studies show us the impact of showing sexually explicit content to children. They have sex earlier. And the earlier someone has sex, the more likely they are to engage in unsafe sex. Not my opinion there. That’s the data. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/real-healing/201208/overexposed-and-under-prepared-the-effects-early-exposure-sexual-content

      I want the best, healthy, productive life for my kiddos that they can possibly have. Research and science and faith give us a lot of information in order to help guide our children toward that kind of life. Aside from the moral issue at play here (which is significant), there is one of very real damage and negative impact on my child’s sexuality and future sexual decisions because of what he saw yesterday.

       
      • Jen

        August 9, 2013 at 10:45 am

        What I said was that the title along with the picture was confusing, not titillating. Confusing. That’s what I meant.

         
      • Rebeca Seitz

        August 9, 2013 at 11:28 am

        Ah. Sorry to misspeak/type!

         
      • Shostakovicz

        August 17, 2013 at 12:40 am

        I’m sorry, Rebeca, but I have to call shenanigans on this one. You say “… but to communicate what the post was actually about.” The post was not about sex in the morning, it wasn’t about sex, per se, at all. It was about a TV commercial you found disagreeable for your kids to see.

        For the record, I sincerely doubt that you would use a picture of your sleeping children to titillate. I do believe that was an unfortunate juxtaposition with your chosen title.

        I’m glad to hear you don’t shy away from talking to your kids. Sadly, many parents do. Witness the posts here on your blog with parents saying, “I shouldn’t have to explain (insert tough topic here) to my kids!” Yes. Yes, you should. That’s your job as a parent, so either step up, or step out.

        I read the Psych Today article, and it does make sense. But the article doesn’t mention if the kids in the study were supported by loving parents who explained things to the kids and put whatever it was they saw in context. The article also didn’t go into what constituted exposure. Was it, in fact, a five second glimpse of partial nudity, or was it frequent exposure to actual pornography?

        I’m not faulting Psych Today, they’re a magazine designed to make Psychology more easily understood by a layman. I would, however, like to see what actual studies they referenced. Anyone can say, “Studies show that…” and sound authoritative, but without actual citations, it’s just pixels on a screen.

         
    • Bananars

      August 9, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Wow, Jen, we seem to be sisters from different mothers! I didn’t read your post prior to writing/posting my. Had I, I would have just said “here here!” So yeah, I agree with Jen. ;)

       
  82. Stephanie

    August 9, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Although I agree that our children don’t need to see this I also don’t want to see it, my husband doesn’t want to see it. We have to take action for ourselves. And I’m confused why you had to use that image in your post.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 9, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Hi, Stephanie. Thanks for your comment. I’ve explained a few times, but it bears repeating – I thought hard about whether to include the image in the post. I concluded that no words I used would adequately convey the actual image that had been on my screen. I also thought I’d get the whole, “Get over it, I’m sure it wasn’t a big deal,” reaction unless people saw what we actually saw. And, finally, I decided that shining a big, bright light on this kind of darkness was in order. Not on how I describe the darkness. On the darkness itself.

       
  83. Neal Fondren (@n3al)

    August 9, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Okay… I come from that world. Here’s what you should do. Complain the FCC. There is a process. Then complain to the local station and ask SPECIFICALLY that the complaint be filed in the station’s PUBLIC FILE that comes into play whenever a station wants to renew their license. Don’t expect ABC to admit fault until the complaints come down through the FCC and up from the local affiliates. That’s the way to get someone to react on this stuff. I’ve seen soap opera ads that appear during evening hours that push the standards of decency.

    What you had on your screen is, in my opinion, far worse than any superbowl wardrobe malfunction, and that caused a big stink.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 9, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Thanks, Neal! I’ve filed a complaint with the FCC and left a message for our local ABC affiliate’s public contact person. Will stay on it…

       
  84. Bananars

    August 9, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I, personally, don’t see anything wrong with an 8 year old seeing a passionate kiss between partners. Yes, in the image you presented, there was bare skin, nothing you don’t see at beaches. Was it a humping, pumping sex scene in the commercial? I don’t know, i don’t have TV and can therefore moderate what my children see and don’t see. And they have seen nudity, intimate kissing, etc. Making such intimate things taboo over and over again makes us a society of prudes who, for instance, freak out if the proper anatomical words are used in a high school biology classroom.

    I DO however agree that the timing of the ad placement was a bad judgement call. Out of an abundance of caution, ABC should have considered that it is summer vacation and some kids are likely to see this. And, that said, it may not be the most appropriate thing for some of these children to see and/or their parents don’t want to have to deal with the repercussions.

    The reality is, there is demand for this “shock entertainment”. The fact that you find offense in it and an apparent majority doesn’t, doesn’t make the show itself heinous (though I don’t agree with the purported messages in infidelity, lying, etc), it’s just another in a long line of dramas that get people to watch TV apathetically on the couch. People, in the US especially, seem to thrive on drama, so it is only to be expected that this sort of reality drama would find its way to broadcast TV.

    Why can’t we just admit that sexuality exists, that the human body exists not solely for sex and therefore should not be sexualized, and find other things to occupy our time with? Teach your kids about sex, the biology of the cell, human development, and you might find that your kids don’t really give a hoot about the sex that is “done” on TV. You’d be surprised how carefree of an attitude a kid can develop re: sex on TV when he knows it’s supposed to result in a female egg being fertilized by male sperm to make a baby. In other words, instead of posting to facebook about my outrage over sex scenes, I used the opportunity to teach my son (younger than your 8yo) about life. Teachable moments.

    That all said, this is your blog and you are free to voice your opinion, which I am not slamming. I can easily put myself into your shoes and feel the outrage. I just wanted to express my opinion and share how I dealt with the situation.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 9, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Thanks for the comment, Bananars. It’s interesting to see how many folks have assumed I don’t discuss issues with my children just because I didn’t want him to see a simulated sex act at 8:40 in the morning during a news show. Yes, we discuss issues with our children.

      Discussing issues is important. Keeping graphic sexual images out of my son’s brain is also important. Research shows that seeing sexual images makes children more likely to engage in sex earlier – and, the earlier someone engages in sex, the more likely they are to engage in unprotected, dangerous sex. The info is here: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/real-healing/201208/overexposed-and-under-prepared-the-effects-early-exposure-sexual-content.

      In light of that research, yes, I would “be surprised how carefree of an attitude a kid can develop re: sex on TV…” I’d also question the value of wanting my child to develop a carefree attitude regarding the debasement and devalue of such an incredible, valuable, powerful gift as human sexuality.

       
      • June Trieb

        August 19, 2013 at 2:41 am

        I agree wholeheartedly with you, Rebeca. Let children be children! One of our jobs as parents is to protect our children’s innocence. Many parents choose to discuss questions that their kids have about sex, as they come up. I believe that the large majority of children prefer to focus on childish things–like playing with their toys, siblings, pets; or, reading, being read to, doing physical activities like swimming, or playing ball, etc. To force a premature curiosity in a child about adult behaviors like sex is completely inappropriate, and as you state, will often lead to early sexual activity. Sadly, the “world” has beaten many of us parents “to the punch”. Before our children even had a chance to ask questions, the world was clawing at the door–ready to spill its guts–without us even being aware.

         
  85. Saraspondence

    August 9, 2013 at 11:31 am

    FCC – and pressure the LOCAL station. I’m unplugged, so I don’t watch TV live (except during large weather events that affect my part of the coastline, and then I’m usually laughing at the weather channel star wannabes, but I digress…) so I wouldn’t have believed you if you hadn’t posted the image. And, I linked from FB so I wasn’t titillated by your title. ;)

     
  86. Connie Mann (@CaptConnieMann)

    August 9, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Thanks for taking a stand, Rebeca! I agree we can’t cede the space, or what will happen to the next generation?

     
  87. Tara

    August 9, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Did you report this to the American Family Association? One Million Moms? Check out One Million Moms. Become a member. We get stuff like this done in one big loud voice!

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Hi, Tara. I filed an FCC complaint and have had a (very good) chat with the head of our local ABC affiliate. Heading over to check out One Million Moms today, too. Will also send info over to AFA.

      Thanks for the comment!

       
  88. xstitchUT

    August 9, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I’m not condoning it at ALL, but at least it was a man and a woman. Our society has disintegrated so much that soon, those commercials will be showing illicit homosexual activity at 8am…burning those images into the impressionable minds of our children.

     
  89. Eric Jackson

    August 9, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Do what I did years ago, cut out the TV. I have 4 children and I simply got tired of the smut. So I made a decision for the best interest of my family. I called the cable company and told them i was sick if it and i wanted to cancel my service.We are much better off for it. The producers wont change their format, because in their world-sex sells.

     
  90. arizele

    August 9, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Any good parent would be offended by this, not just the “Jesus-following folk” variety. “ABC Family” is a misnomer and my daughter will not be watching any of that crap as she grows up.

     
  91. Claudette Lott

    August 9, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    The best way to hurt ABC is to notify all their sponsors that you will not buy their products as long as they pay for time on ABC.

     
  92. Aimee Whetstine

    August 9, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Favorite line: “I will not accept that the presence of standards equates to the hatred of anyone and is therefore somehow unacceptable in the public square.” Thanks for speaking out, Rebecca. Our kids–our society–deserves better.

     
  93. Beth Babcock

    August 9, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    If you don’t like what you are seeing on TV just turn it off. No one is forcing you to watch. Read, play games or take a walk with your kids. We never turned the TV on until after our kids went to bed. We also never had cable until our youngest was a senior in highschool.The american family watches entirely too much TV.

     
  94. Mediaman

    August 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    No offense Rebecca, but it’s nice to see that something has FINALLY offended you and caused you to want to take action… I’m offended daily… by the entertainment industry, our criminal government, the brainwashing of children at school, the crude things thrust their direction via advertising and the so called “art form” of music, as well as the overall debasement of morals in today’s society. Now that you’ve “awoken,” I’m encouraged that you, and perhaps others, are willing to take a stand and say “Enough!”

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 10, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Hi, Mediaman. Thanks for your reply! Please know that there’s plenty on television, in films, and in books that offends me. We need a content overhaul. That’s why I’m one of the founders and serve as the co-chair of SON: Spirit Of Naples (spiritofnaples.com). \But I didn’t post this because there was offensive content on TV. I’d rather do something to change that situation (thus, SON) than gripe.

      A lot of folks have made the excellent point that we can turn it off if we don’t like it. I believe that we should have something to turn TO. The presence of Christian faith in my life shouldn’t exclude me from being able to watch television (or produce it). They’re public air waves. They should serve the public. And, when the public says certain content shouldn’t be on, we have an entity that exists to enforce that – the FCC. Unfortunately, the FCC is crazily backed up with complaints and, if news reports are to be believed, not very effective in executing its mission.

      I didn’t post because there was offensive content. I posted because the offensive content was placed in a wholly inappropriate slot, thereby exposing my child to it. I shouldn’t HAVE to watch the morning news with a remote in my hand, finger poised over the power button in case two naked people having sex comes up on the screen. There is an expectation of decency that I’m simply not willing to release.

       
      • Shostakovicz

        August 17, 2013 at 12:46 am

        Rebeca, the so-called “public” doesn’t exist. There is no monolithic block of people that make up “the public.” What you call “the public” is a segment of the viewing populace that has certain religious beliefs. No, the presence of your faith should not exclude you from being able to watch TV. Yes, they’re public air waves. But the public is made up of people of literally hundreds of beliefs, and even more opinions. Why should yours rule the roost? Why not mine? Trust me, if my standards and opinions were the guiding principle of TV, shows like “Hell’s Kitchen” and just about every other reality show would disappear quickly, to be replaced with clever, imaginative and well-produced science fiction. :)

         
  95. bobstith

    August 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks you for calling this to our attention Rebecca. And thank you for the gracious but effective articulation of studies backing up your statements. Very disturbing that a major network would be so insensitive as to do this but not surprising that some are so “liberated” that they don’t see any problem. And you are correct about your son not being able to “unsee” the image. Ask anyone who works with porn addicts and they will tell you that even after recovery and total avoidance of looking at porn they are still plagued with images stored in their minds. Great article. Thanks again.

     
  96. heather

    August 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Oh my goodness. My kids are sitting on my lap while im cruising facebook and wham. Saw this picture. You are every bit as guilty of inappropriate nudity as they are. But I realized that when I turn on my computer. You should realize that when you turn on your tv. Ps. I follow jesus too.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 10, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Hi, Heather. Thanks for your reply. I am so sorry your child saw the picture. As I’ve said to others, I thought hard about whether to post it but in the end determined no words would adequately reflect the image that had just come across my TV screen. The image is nowhere on Facebook (it was taken down by FB pretty quickly, definitely before your post here, and I’m unaware of anyone else posting it). When I included it in my blog post, I made certain that a user had to scroll down to see it so that it would NOT be there right when someone clicked on a hyperlink to my post. I also added (warning: graphic image) to the title of the post so that people could decide whether they wanted to scroll on down to a graphic image.

      Your reply, though, sounds like you saw the image somewhere on Facebook? Could you let me know where, please? I’d like to ask Facebook to take that down.

      Thanks!

       
  97. Karla

    August 9, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I am a born-again Christian…get rid of cable and network TV. Get something you can control..Netflix or Hulu. TV is only going to get worse and we all know this. TURN IT OFF. you don’t need it anyway. And yes, I practice what I preach.

     
  98. angeldwmw

    August 9, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Wow. Talk about your bloopers! (I prefer to delude myself into believing the timing was an accident. Yes, I am aware I am delusional.) One more reason for us to disconnect the satellite and invest in DVD’s.

     
  99. Sylvia

    August 9, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I’m concerned (and curious) as to how you handled questions from your son. Did he bring it back up, or did it just fade away? I’m sure you did a great job, but just wondering if all was ok in the “nonadult” minds of the home now. Thanks.

     
  100. Jeff

    August 9, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    So, many thoughts, most all have been said in this engaging discussion. Please check out the film “Captivated” http://captivatedthemovie.com/ It’s a very well-done documentary that reveals mind-blowing truths about the power and addiction of media. It is not one of those “TV is all-evil” legalistic films, but one that explores the realities of what our media consumption replaces – true worship of the Living God, specifically family worship. There is too much Kingdom work to be done for me to sit in front of the now-appropriately-nicknamed “boob tube”.

     
  101. Becca

    August 10, 2013 at 1:08 am

    I read the article before commenting so I would actually know what the title and the picture (s) were in relation to each other. Regarding the ‘adult ads’, I asked my husband a couple weeks ago about when did the 3 o’clock afternoon ads for ‘adult toys’ and male enhancement meds along with the female anticipatory afternoon in the sack dime novels show up? What happened to the censorship stuff?! The previous condescending mop the floor while the dog licks the kid in the mouth or the wife is wiping the cabinets with the fancy new squirt bottle while cleaning her oven stupidity was too much but now the other stuff. I don’t want to see that on regular tv. That is why the pay channels are there. If you want to watch you pay for it somewhere else, not during the morning gossip show and face it, GMA & Today show are not News info channels. One is 2 has beens getting sloshed (nice role models), the other is just a mess. Sorry if someone is offended but I had to get it out~

     
  102. Stephen Mac Duffy

    August 10, 2013 at 5:26 am

    You don’t have to own a TV. Get rid of the thing, if it has such a corrosive influence on your children.

     
    • Stephen Yemez

      August 13, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      Who said it’s the TV’s fault? The TV is an object, it has no ability to decide what stations air on live TV. If you hate a website, do you get rid of your computer? Do you see why your statement is idiotic? It’s ABC that needs to rethink their timing, little kids should not be exposed to that stuff until puberty — even then it’ll take them awhile to understand what’s going on and why.

       
  103. LiberalMeansProgress

    August 10, 2013 at 11:20 am

    As a cable technician I hear complaints like this all the time (usually I have to explain that we simply re-broadcast what someone else puts together). My answer is similar to Stephens- No one is making you pay (or not) for this programming. No one told you to turn on the TV. Now, I do agree that commercials perhaps should not have “explicit” content like this- but GMA is also NOT a childrens show!

    Times are changing people, what you may see as ‘degraded morals’ is simply progress in a more realism facet of humanity as more and more people realize (with the help of technology) that the only higher power here is us. Put down your bibles and get with the times.

    #flameon

     
    • Janet

      August 13, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      I find it amazing that the same people who refuse to be judged according to other people’s beliefs/morals are so willing to impose their own belief system onto others. You have the right to believe and behave the way you see fit. And others have the right to hold beliefs that are meaningful to them without being treated with disrespect.

       
    • Adam Steiger

      August 13, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      “Put down your bibles and get with the times.”

      The answer is “no”.

       
      • Rebeca Seitz

        August 13, 2013 at 7:49 pm

        Adam, you made me laugh! Most of the time when I tell my kiddos, “No,” they ask again. I may stop and explain the reason behind the no or just repeat it. But they know the discussion is absolutely over – no way to sway the mommy – when I say very slowly, “The answer is ‘no.’”

         
    • Stephen Yemez

      August 13, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      How is GMA not a children’s show? It used to never show stuff like this, commercials like this was always during late night TV when kids were off to bed. Telling people to “put down their bibles” is an idiotic thing to say, I’m sure you tell that to the Muslims too…right? Of course not, because out of all the religions on earth that teach hate and violence you go after Christianity which is the polar opposite. Just because “times are changing” does not mean people have to change their beliefs to accommodate you. Stop chugging that Kool Aid.

      #LiberalsAreUseless

       
      • Shostakovicz

        August 17, 2013 at 12:52 am

        For what it’s worth, I would tell that to anyone who is bent on forcing me to live by their religious beliefs, be they Christian, Muslim, or Flying Spaghetti Monster worshippers. Religion should be a deeply held, personal thing, not something to use to beat others over the head with. By all means, keep reading your Bible, or your Koran, or Talmud, or whatever scripture brings you guidance and comfort. You do that, and I’ll do the same on my side.

        For what it’s worth, Christianity has taught its share of hate and violence, as has just about every religion ever followed. Even Jesus said, “I come not to bring peace, but a sword.”

         
  104. Schoshi

    August 10, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    sEX IS(SHOULD BE) A VERY PRIVATE PERSONAL INTERACTION BETWEEN A HUSBAND( A MAN) AND HIS WIFE(A WOMAN)

     
  105. Laura

    August 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    My husband and I stopped having regular t.v. in our home years ago, for those reasons. I’ve many times been at person’s house and been disgusted with commercials. You just can’t view the main stream stuff any more without this happening. I agree, sad and messed up!!

     
  106. Tracy Scarpulla

    August 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful post! We too are Christian and got rid of cable TV over 5 years ago. The children are allowed to watch certain DVD’s and occasionally we will watch something on Netflix that is appropriate. I got disgusted with the commercials on the Disney channel, the Family channel and the like. It was not worth exposing my children to thoughts and ideas we did not subscribe to. At a young age, they are too impressionable. Unfortunately schools have become more and more progressive – even the all girls Catholic High School I attended was very liberal, so please make sure you are aware of what they are teaching your children in school as well. Best wishes!

     
  107. Gilligan

    August 13, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    My family disconnected from commercial TV in 1995. I programmed NPR out of the car radio because of explicit gay sexual content 15 years ago. PUNISH THEM. DISCONNECT.

     
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    • Shostakovicz

      August 17, 2013 at 12:54 am

      Somehow, given Jesus’ actions in the temple when he scourged the money lenders, I don’t think he’s a big-time capitalist either. He was more about caring for the poor and helpless than making tons of moolah. “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Matt 19:24

       
      • Dari

        August 18, 2013 at 5:02 pm

        God helped Abraham and King Solomon become some of the richest men of their times. Jesus wasn’t villianizing money, just making a statement about mans love of it about all else. Food for thought: If Rebeca had kept her identity secret and JUST posted that her 8 yr. old just saw two naked people simulating sex during morning programing, leaving us to wonder if she was a believer or not, man or woman, heterosexual or homosexual, could we have had a discussion about THE ISSUE, and nothing else?

         
      • Shostakovicz

        August 19, 2013 at 11:43 pm

        Dari, her faith, and the concomitant desire to have television conform to her standards IS the core of the discussion. Without that, the discussion basically amounts to, “It was a horrible commercial,” and “Yeah, it was,” or “Nah, not really.”

        As for God helping people become rich, I think there was probably a greater purpose behind it. When Jesus was asked, “What is written in the law? How does it read to you?” Jesus replied, “You shall love God with all your heart, your soul, your mind, and your strength. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:26-27. If God does indeed give to some more than others, is that a sign that they should just hang on to it and buy a 60 inch plasma TV? I don’t think so. “When someone has been give much, much will be required in return.” Luke 12:48. If God gives you a lot, it’s because he expects you to use it to help those that don’t have as much, not because being rich is holy and divine.

         
  109. Scott MacFarlane

    August 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    We have been slowly brought to this by the producers of most tv look back 10 years on tv we were introduced to the Gay life style on a couple of shows to test the waters so to speak now 10 years later its considered to be a normal choice by the world around us .. look at whats on tv now that is next moral test for us speak up now! to make a change great blog Rebeca!

     
  110. Kelly

    August 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Amen, sister!

     
  111. Blog Raju

    August 13, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    This is all relative. I remember a crude 2009 movie called Bruno, rated R for “pervasive strong and crude sexual content, graphic nudity and language” by the MPAA. The same movie is considered suitable for ages 12+ in France, 11+ in Sweden.

    Maybe people in the USA are too prudish.

     
  112. Christy

    August 13, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Just wanted to say I’ve contacted my local stations when I have seen inappropriate ads or footage used in the morning news. Thanks for standing up. Know you’re not alone!

     
  113. Florida Mom

    August 13, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Wow. These comments are a portrayal of the intense divide that shapes our country on the issues of decency and beyond. That was a Wow of sadness BTW. As a mom and a media person, I decided early on that I will have control over what my child sees and hears because kids for the most part have lost the opportunity to have a childhood of innocence and develop their brains naturally, at the right time. I agree. I don’t want my 7 Y.O. seeing images that cannot be undone and so we strictly police our TV viewing and just say “no” to most broadcast TV. We DVR just about everything so we can FF the ads. And it’s not just the sex and stupidity. Violence and evil images are everywhere. Beware, we are entering the season for the onslaught of Halloween event ads so keep the remotes nearby at all times! We are the protectors of our child’s brain development and so we must first take a stand in how we parent by saying no and monitoring our own behavior. We don’t cuss around our child or listen to music with provocative lyrics. We don’t expose him news on radio or TV on purpose. We don’t engage in porn, drinking, drugs or other illegal, immoral activities. And guess what? We have a great kid with manners, compassion and an innocent, creative mind, which is what a kid his age should have. That’s not to say that we shelter him from negativity. We just get to tell him in our own way (appropriate for his age) without graphic images and sensationalized exploitation that is in the media. Now I will also say that those who have high standards (people of all religions, people of character, people with decency and people who are intentional parents) should and must speak up. We can also vote with votes and we can vote with our dollars. By simply opting out of media, we become irrelevant. We need to write letters to networks and their sponsors. Write to oppose the programming you dislike and to SUPPORT the programming you do like. I’ve been watching media watchdog groups for two decades fight the ever growing presence of indecency in the media through public education and advocacy. It’s worth it be involved and push for change. But in the short term we must all do our best to control what happens within the confines of our homes and cars ~ and that takes a lot of work because there are so many families out there who don’t do that.

     
  114. Blake Wilson

    August 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    ProTIP: Don’t watch ABC, CBS, NBC, etc…ever. Problem solved.

     
    • wow

      August 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Exactly, I agree with you 100%. Talk shows have this stuff ALL the time for gossip use and more popularity. If you dont like it, then dont watch it. Especially with your 8 year old kid.

       
  115. wow

    August 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    As much as I dont agree having little kids watching it. Its not the full shabam either.
    Also, if you’re watching any form of talk show; they usually show this stuff. ESPECIALLY to start gossip and more popularity. So just dont let your kids watch talk shows or anything of that nature. Save that as a adult time thing.
    We are all animals. We just decided to cover ourselves with cloth. Kids all know subconsiously how things are done. I did. And I was in a very strict religous home that I wasnt even aloud to listen ti music tjat had the word ‘kiss’ in it. I knew it took a man and awoman ro make a human being. The whole stork crap was unrealistic.

    It IS a very liberal world now. This stuff just iant going to go away.

     
  116. Peter Moorman (@petomoo)

    August 13, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Rebeca,
    Thanks for your article and bringing attention to this. I work for Movieguide and we’ve been fighting these issues since 1985. We hold an annual awards show (http://movieguideawards.com/) where we award family friendly and faith friendly movies over $300,000 in prizes and present a report to the industry that shows movies with strong pro family content make more money at the box office.

     
  117. Dan McGaffin

    August 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Reblogged this on Writings From Dr. Oolie's Pond and commented:
    I thought this was worth sharing. I remember when the show NYPD Blue was pushing the envelope with some of their scenes back in the 90′s and now networks are showing these kinds of graphic images at 8 am? It boggles my mind.

     
  118. Janet

    August 13, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I am so glad you have brought this topic to people’s attention. For years I’ve been frustrated with the content of commercials during what should be family-friendly TV shows… and usually the ones that upset me the most are promoting that station’s upcoming prime-time dramas. Even quick glimpses of fist fights, shootings, and sexual scenes are enough to be imprinted in my children’s minds, and cause questions and confusion about topics they are too young to understand. We have been watching a lot of on-demand shows lately, to avoid this exact problem.

    One of the comments to your post said something about it being good for kids to be exposed to sexual imagery so they are prepared for it when they’re older. When and how my boys are taught about sex is up to me and their father, NOT a TV programming director. The way the media and prime-time TV shows depict sex is a far, far cry from the lessons we will be teaching them. Amazing how the same people who speak out against being judged according other people’s morality are so willing to inflict their own (lack of) morality on others.

    Keep up your efforts – MANY parents around the country are thankful!

     
  119. Trenaway ElDaryl (@Trenaway)

    August 13, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you for this post. This is why I do not watch nor let my kids watch much TV anymore.Too much sinfulness is being pushed through the TV and it is aimed at making us less moral.

     
  120. Reno Anderson

    August 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    So appreciate your attitude as a mother. Thank you for speaking up against this. I rarely turn on the TV anymore. We need to shine a light into the darkness and it sounds like you have a platform for that in your work. So THANK YOU!!

     
  121. Daniel A. Roberts

    August 13, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Good for you! You’re an excellent mother who makes it her duty to know what her children are exposed too. I will not nay-say your fury one bit, as I share it with you. I hope you get results.

    Just a heads up, as I’ve been out of Florida since 2008, I don’t know if this has reached your school system there or not. It’s a hot item across America, as the agenda is to get the word ‘sex’ and the ‘act of sex’ in front of your children as early as Kindergarten in public schools. Here’s what happened in Chigaco: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/02/28/chicago-passes-sex-ed-for-kindergartners/

    If it can happen there, it may have already happened in Florida… as I’ve said, I’ve been gone from that state since 2008, so I’m not sure. If it hasn’t yet, keep your eyes peeled. The issue will be presented to Florida lawmakers and pushed through with little to no warning for concerned parents, so keep your boxing gloves on.

    Good luck out there.

     
  122. Janel

    August 13, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Awesome. Thank you. Powerfully said.

     
  123. Shannon Marie

    August 13, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Reblogged this on Random Ramblings.

     
  124. Alec Rezz

    August 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    This has never happened in my home because we got rid of cable TV when my oldest child was very young. That was almost 10 years ago and we’ve never looked back and regretted it. I suggest you do the same. TV is just going to get worse and worse and the only solution for preventing your children from seeing these things will be to get rid of the cable.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 13, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      Alec, I appreciate your clear love of and protection of your kiddos. However, I have to disagree that the only solution will be to get rid of the cable. I think another solution is to put good things on cable that I can choose to engage with and enjoy with my kiddos. I’m not willing to just cede the territory. If I do, what will there be when my son has children of his own one day and tries to watch TV with them?

       
      • sscherer2030

        August 14, 2013 at 4:55 am

        Unless you own/operate the entire entertainment industry which your cable bill is going to support (think about every dollar you give them supports exactly what you saw, in addition to everything else), you won’t be able to “put good things on cable”. Follow the money, cable is a business not a “club”, it isn’t run by thoughts and discussion, it is run by money, whatever is going to make money will win in the battle of “what to air?”, so is there any more powerful statement that can be made to the industry then to stop supporting it financially?

        Think about it, if you are a paying customer and are simply saying you want better programming, where is the motivation? You are already a paying customer and clearly will continue to be a paying customer, so why, from a business stand-point, bother with you? If you represented “potential profits” (ie. “you and a million others would be a customer if”) then you have actual value to the company, they can see that pleasing you somehow will actually positively effect their “bottom-line”. If you ran a company, you would be the same way, it is pretty standard stuff, make a difference with your dollar!

         
  125. Mike DeNatale

    August 13, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Reblogged this on Blogging for Wisdom and commented:
    Don’t read this in front of young children. Unless we speak up all sense of morality on TV will erode away. We will either give in or find ourselves afraid to watch TV in front of the kids. We must all decide. Christians are realizing that we are the frogs that are now boiling in the pot after decades of acquiescence. I admit I feel as if I have no voice but this to speak out. I don’t have billions to spend like Hollywood. I’m not famous. I don’t have a radio talk show. I don’t sing or act. I’m just a guy who works two full-time jobs to make sure my family eats and has a home. However, whatever is is I can do, I will do. Please join me. You’re not crazy or a religious nut for not wanting a child to see nudity on TV. It’s perfectly normal to know that something is dreadfully wrong for girls go from Disney to less-than dressed in a few short years, and it’s equally wrong for grown men who can’t wait for it to happen. Rome is burning. If we don’t start grabbing buckets of water we might as well pick up torches ourselves, “eat, drink , and be merry. For tomorrow we die.

     
    • Erik

      August 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      The rome analogy is getting really old. I’d rather live in a society that occaisionally offends my fragile sensibilities then live in one where christians are eaten alive by lions for the entertainment of others or forced to live in concentration camps for practicing their beliefs. Modern day evangelicals decry the moral state of a society that has always been and always will be immoral. You guys don’t even understand how good you’ve got it…

       
      • Mike DeNatale

        August 14, 2013 at 1:44 am

        Erik, I’m sorry but you have no clue what you’re talking about. Where is the line? Do we wait until they start killing Christians again? How good do the Chinese have it? Do we wait until radical people decide to kill Christians and Jews again? How good do the families whose lives have been ripped apart by terrorism have it.Do we wait until people in the the US kill a million babies a year. How good do they have it? Do we wait until men who are supposed to be Godly sexually abuse children? How good do those kids have it? No… We’ve waited far too long. If you want to throw your hands up in the air and give up, or if you just don’t really care, that’s your choice. I choose to stop listening to people like you Erik and do something instead of just sitting back and thinking about how good I’ve got it.

         
      • Encinom

        August 14, 2013 at 4:15 pm

        Mike you are an idiot, playing the poor chrisitan victimhood card. How about this, want don’t you christian taliban leave the country and form your own bible thumping theocracy where you can censor what everybody else does.

         
      • Mike DeNatale

        August 14, 2013 at 4:58 pm

        Encinom, I don’t know what your personal reasons for being so mad at God or Christians is, but I don’t know anyone, Christian, Jew, Muslim, or Atheist who wants to expose their eight-year-old to nudity on TV. If I’m wrong let me know.

         
      • Encinom

        August 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm

        @Mike DeNatale its better than exposing a child to the insanity of religion. Religion screws up the mind. I mean you actually believe that their is any validity in your poor christian victimhood rant. The truth is American Christians seek to become like the taliban and police morality in the country imposing their fairytales on others. truthis religion is the number one cause of war and hate. I bet you are one of those good Americans Christians that seek to limit the rights of other Americans because your book of fairy tales says the way they were born is a sin.

         
    • PhoenixPyra (@PhoenixPyra)

      August 15, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die” is a conflation of two biblical sayings: Ecclesiastes 8:15 – ‘Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry’ ‥ and Isaiah 22:13 – ‘Let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.’
      :)

       
      • PhoenixPyra (@PhoenixPyra)

        August 15, 2013 at 1:36 pm

        @Encinom: You really should seek professional help for your hatred and anger issues. Although someone who thinks allowing an 8 year old child to see sex is better than exposing them to religion is probably beyond help.

        @Mike DeNatale: Some people are totally and absolutely hardened to the gospel (Proverbs 29:1). They may be rational or irrational, but there are scriptural reasons to believe that some people are willingly immune to the influence of the Holy Spirit. When we have made a good-faith effort to talk to someone, and he or she is unreachable, then we are commanded to “shake the dust off” of our shoes (Luke 9:5) and spend our time talking to those who are more spiritually open. We are not to put forth the gospel of Jesus Christ in the direction of someone who has no other purpose than to trample it.

         
      • Mike DeNatale

        August 16, 2013 at 10:24 am

        @PhoenixPyra So true.

         
    • ruth

      August 18, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      You forgot to end your quote.

       
  126. Mike DeNatale

    August 13, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Great post. I love it. Hope you don’t mind I reblogged and added my own two cents.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 13, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      Don’t mind the re-blog a bit, Mike. Thanks for helping make folks aware!

       
  127. Katherine

    August 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm

     
  128. Mary

    August 13, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Hollywood and the MSM are getting more and more vulgar, pushing the envelope even farther. I haven’t had television in my home in nearly three years – and I am so glad. Although there were some good shows on, there were too many that I just wasn’t comfortable with. I don’t miss it, in fact, I now wonder how I ever had the time to watch it. I hope more people will stand up and say “Enough is enough” – send Hollywood a message~

     
  129. Sarah Gonzales

    August 13, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    This is a good resource to fight against this. http://moralityinmedia.org/

     
  130. Erik

    August 13, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Sex is a part of our society and it has been for time imemorial. Its ashame that ABC is choosing to depend on shallow sexuality to get ratings, but it is really nothing new and not worthy of the indignance you seem to be approaching this with. Children are reguarly exposed to sexuality, whether they walk in on their parents during an intimate moment or see the “soft-core” on TV as your son did. Yet trying to shield them from something that has been and always will be such a pervasive element of our society is not the right thing to do. The best thing to do is to explain to your son what it is he saw in simplistic terms and reinforce that it isn’t something inherently bad or scary.

    I’m sorry. I simply don’t understand your desire to “purify” a society that is not capable of matching your personal moral standards.

     
    • sscherer2030

      August 14, 2013 at 4:46 am

      Agreed!

      I can say that 99% of all humans are going to have sex, it is not a problem, there is nothing wrong with it, when done appropriately/safely/responsibly. Think about it: If your son saw a pilot flying a jet would you be upset? It takes tremendous responsibility to become a pilot so advanced as to be able to command a jet aircraft and you are likely going to teach that to your son, approach sex the same way and you won’t shirk at the images of it, will make your life easier and your son that much more intelligent!

       
    • ruth

      August 18, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      Well said Erik. This is a classic case of one person making a mountain out of a molehill, and a whole bunch of easily persuaded fools following suit.

       
  131. Buck

    August 13, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    There is no honor , integrity , or morality left in America , the party currently in power , the democratic party , has worked FEVERISHLY to get us to this point . They want total control and to get it they have to minimize anything spiritual . If there is no God , then we can’t possibly have any rights from God , therefore the sole arbiter of our rights is GOVERNMENT . It is incredible how effective the dumbing down of America has been over the last fifty years .

     
    • sscherer2030

      August 14, 2013 at 4:41 am

      This isn’t political, don’t try to make it so. Republican vs Democrat is not “Religious” vs. “Atheism”. There are many people who associate themselves with the Republican party that will sell/advertise whatever it takes to make money; how do you think people get “wealthy”? The problem starts when someone decides they are not satisfied with being “well-off” and must be “wealthy” and create a system where money and the process of making money becomes the decision driver. And don’t kid yourself to think one “political party” or the other is more responsible for that, don’t try to point fingers at something so broad, get specific so you can actually target the problem and potentially fix it!

       
  132. Deb

    August 13, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Rebecca – just caught this on theblaze.com and also as a mother I am horrified.
    I posted a “nastygram” on ABC Family’s FB page last winter as they were airing commercials for questionable young adult dramas involving sex, scandal, lies and murder….all during their Toy Story movies. So here I am sitting with my 3 year old son watching a children’s movie and the commercials are considerably inappropriate. Who was the programming director during the holidays where they knew they would be attracting a very young audience with their holiday kids movies?
    Thank you for being a voice on this. The gratuitous nudity, sex, women kissing women, men kissing men, teens in bed together are just a few of the many reasons we got rid of cable TV this year. Between a few streaming services we can watch things like Andy Griffith, Waltons, PBS kids programming and more.

     
  133. ladytiegue

    August 14, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Here is a great idea…Turn off the T.V. period! If you don’t believe me check this out http://wgntv.com/2013/06/26/spelli-94bound/ they put a demon spell on during a baseball game in Chicago! AND this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDsI-zk6gfE subliminals on TV in 1960. If they did this back ,then what do you think they are doing now with the technology they have? When you start researching the 3 corporations that own all the media and what they stand for, I mean dig down deep research you won’t be surprised why they changed all the TV’s to digital and what their agenda is…do yourself and your family a favor and watch DVD’s and if you research Disney and their sexual subliminals I wouldn’t include them.

     
  134. ejonesy13

    August 14, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Go get ‘em sister. I’m behind your 100% While I understand that certain things will likely not change; like the smut TV shows that so many enjoy in the evenings, one should not have to be suddenly surprised by a random sex scene tidbit or flash of nudity while watching morning news, family friendly programs, or (heaven forbid) children’s cartoons. I too am exhausted from constantly feeling like I need to apologies for my views and opinions. Since your are more in the public eye than myself I think it is wonderful that your are leading the way for more acceptance of those with conservative moral values and Christian beliefs.

     
  135. anonymous

    August 14, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Dear Rebecca, as i am sure you are fully aware of this, maybe not, the parent company of ABC is the Walt Disney Corporation. Disney should be made aware of your dilemma and your feelings towards this commercial and its impact on society. . .js

     
    • lisalynn

      August 14, 2013 at 9:04 am

      disney doesnt care.! they should , you’re right. but they don’t . if they did they wouldn’t produce such trash to start with.
      when asked why he produces SO many children’s shows , Disney replied. , “well, I’d rather sell 4 tickets ( families) then one or two..”
      being in it for the money , but also seeing the benefit to families .
      disney has sunk over the years. You couldn’t pay me to go to D L or D world.

       
  136. Gle Diaz

    August 14, 2013 at 4:07 am

    Rebeca… Good that you are on the ball regarding the content going into your home. My family and I, however, tired of all of the “crap” on tv, cut the cord 6 years ago and have never turned back. I was tired of having to mute, change and cover my daughter’s ears/eyes when something questionable would appear. Even when watching Disney Channel or Nick. Now, we watch what we want, when we want and our video choices are screened to approved shows by my wife and I.
    If more people would “cut the cord” per se, the executives at “Big Cable” and the entertainment industry would start to listen when the money stops flowing. So, EVERYONE!!! Quit giving them permission to make this ilk by paying for it… When you pay for your cable/satellite, you pretty much give them permission to shove this dreck down your throats.

     
  137. sscherer2030

    August 14, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Throw out the TV, you can much more closely monitor what is being watched via DVD’s/Blu-Ray’s/etc. You can even get netflix and download children’s programming or get Hulu-Plus and find children’s programming. These days TV is trash b/c of the commercials, you spend an hour with the TV and you were just advertised to for 20 minutes, 20 wasted minutes! The only way to really make a difference is vote with your dollars, companies are going to do exactly what generates the most money (pending it is at least “legal”, morality is excluded from the decision), even the precious Disney corporation (though The Disney Channel in and of itself is pretty clean).

     
  138. Kingston Hawke

    August 14, 2013 at 4:37 am

    While I stand by everything that I stated in my initial post, I decided instead of simply venting my frustration, that I should at least attempt to be more constructive and further explain what brought upon my frustration in the first place…

    I really do hope that Rebecca and those of you who share her views understand exactly how many freedoms you are attacking. Freedoms that the citizens of this country’s parents and children paid for with their lives. Freedom of speech and religion among the many.

    It’s one thing to say that a company should have to abide by the law. But when you say that your qualm is with the placement of the ad, and the lack of morals you feel that is indicative of. You are literally suggesting is that your religious beliefs trump that of others. That your morals are the set that all should adhere to. That if an artist’s work doesn’t fall in line with your Christian based views specifically (something you made sure to include in your blog), that instead of you not supporting that business and possibly getting other to do the same, that that company should have to change it’s practices to suit you.

    Think about that for a second. Hopefully you will realize that that view ONLY makes sense if you assume that your relgious views are the correct ones. And although that’s the nature of all beliefs. To try to then say everyone else must abide by your beliefs is exactly what this nation has fought so hard against. For example… If you were a Muslim women, you’d probably have an issue with the women in the commercials before and after showing so much leg, arm, face, etc. Does that mean that they should ban skirts on TV before 9PM? Of course not, and if you figure out why that’s your answer you will also have the answer to why your suggestion is so absurd and offensive.

    Flatly saying, if you don’t like what’s being shown on TV, stop supporting that platform. Like others have said, Netflix is commercial free and has filtering controls for parents. Try that.

    P.s. According to Christianity, children are suppose to get started reading the Bible as soon as possible. Topics like lust, adultry, sex, consequences, etc… you know, all the topics that Betrayal focuses on… are deamed not only fair game for children, but necessary tools for learning. You then deciding that those topics are unsafe for children, actually makes you a pretty bad Christian.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 14, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks for your comment. As I’ve said before – if you’d like to remove the moral element of this, science still reveals that showing sexual imagery to children results in the child having sex earlier. And the earlier someone has sex, the more likely they are to engage in unprotected sex. (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/real-healing/201208/overexposed-and-under-prepared-the-effects-early-exposure-sexual-content)

      The presence of principles that are good for society – for creating healthy, whole individuals or at the very least not purposely creating individuals who will make unhealthy, dangerous sexual decisions – is not a removal of rights or an application of my values on others. It’s an intelligent, positive approach to engaging with the powerful medium of television.

       
      • Erik

        August 14, 2013 at 6:01 pm

        The science is almost as irrelevant as the morality. As stated above, we have constitutional protections in this country for creators and their intellectual property. The potential scientific or moral harm does not change the fundamental rights American citizens enjoy. With that said, I still think it was an unfortunate marketing decision by ABC but at the end of the day you have control over the content being consumed in your household by you and your children.

        Statistics show that the average age of exposure to sexually explicit material (and I’m not talking about a “soft-core” network sex scene) is 11 years old. 7 out of every 10 children have accidentally accessed such material and 1 in 3 do so intentionally. You have every right to try and control the content that is made accessible in your household but what I am trying to demonstrate by providing these statistics is just how saturated our society currently is and always has been with sexually explicit material. By comparison, the situation you are objecting over seems relatively minor. Instead of trying to control every facet of what your son sees or hears in our society, I would suggest trying to instill in him strong moral principles that can be easily applied throughout his life as he grows to adolescence. Adopting some model of moral isolationism or “sheltering” until your son is an adult will not serve him in the long run.

         
    • Mike DeNatale

      August 14, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      Kingston, What in the world are you talking about? It appears that Christians should just have to keep their views to themselves. Don’t even blog about them. Only people of other religious beliefs or atheists should have a voice.When a Christian wants something they’re just shoving their beliefs down someone’s throat. While at the same time when any other group demands something or runs from place to place protesting Christians are supposed to be tolerant. Either way Christians are told to be quiet.

      As far as children reading the bible when they are young the parent has the opportunity to discuss those issues in an age appropriate manner unlike nudity during a TV commercial.

       
      • Erik

        August 14, 2013 at 6:04 pm

        Christians cannot expect non-practitioners to conform to their moral standards nor can they attempt to censor our society on the basis of their moral beliefs. No religious group can do that.

         
      • Shostakovicz

        August 17, 2013 at 1:02 am

        Frankly, I feel that everyone should keep their religious views to themselves. Religion ought to be a quiet, personal thing, not a bludgeon used to make others feel worse than you. Live by your beliefs, draw strength from them, comfort in times of trouble, and guidance through life. But don’t make everyone out there follow YOUR faith.

        I’m curious, though. How does the nudity on a TV commercial, per se deprive a parent of the opportunity to discuss the issue?

         
      • Mike DeNatale

        August 19, 2013 at 1:05 pm

        While it’s true some will use religion the wrong way, Jesus told us not to be silent.

        You don’t have top be a religious to believe nudity on TV at 8am is wrong. It deprives the parent to choose the timing. I’m sure you cab see that.

         
      • Jen

        August 17, 2013 at 12:53 pm

        “We’ll discuss it when you’re older.” That was what my mother said to me every time I asked her about sex, from about age 5 to age 10. When I started going through puberty, she decided it was time to discuss it. Seeing an image of it doesn’t deprive the parent of discussing it later on.

        And if this was a different religion but the same issue, then it would still be wrong. My beliefs are not yours. If you don’t want children watching certain things, you take the personal steps to ensure that doesn’t happen. You don’t make it a public issue.

         
      • Mike DeNatale

        August 19, 2013 at 12:56 pm

        Why not put our out in the public forum?

         
    • Dari

      August 18, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      The bottom line is that anyone who is TRULY for freedom would WANT these shows/adds only on certain channels or at certain times, SO THAT EVERYONE would be able to partake of freedom. They wouldn’t want any parent to HAVE to have a discussion before they are ready because their child saw something they weren’t ready for. They wouldn’t WANT any person to HAVE to give up TV because their viewpoint is ignored. True freedom is having guidelines and boundaries, as well as specified channels and time slots and ratings so that we can ALL be free to choose, not sacrificing our choices on the alter of no boundaries and calling that freedom. My father was a Marine, I am VERY patriotic, but I support the right to burn the American flag. I loathe it, but I support it, otherwise there is no true freedom. I can choose not to come to your house and watch your Saturday morning flag burnings. But what if you open a playground, paint it with bright colors and stock it with toys, I bring my grandchildren, and you then burn a flag right in front of them. I call that a sneak attack, NOT your freedom to practice your own beliefs. We should have a reasonable expectation of what will happen in a school, church, playground, cartoon, Highlights Magazine, Hustler Magazine, morning news show, doctors office. There is nothing wrong with a woman applying makeup, but there is something wrong with her doing it at her desk while I wait for her to make my appointment with the doctor. Would her “freedom” be denied if she were fired for that?There are appropriate times and places for everything, and inappropriate. That’s all Rebeca, and those in agreement with her, are saying. I believe that had she kept her identity, race, religion and gender secret, and just posted the facts, most people would be in agreement that a parent should have a right to watch tv, and have a reasonable expectation that there will be no nudity, sex, OR violence on morning programming commercials. News shows warn us each segment of what to expect so we can pick and choose. Commercials don’t. If you are truly for freedom, you’ll be FOR our right to want TV regulated in a way that allows EVERYONE to choose. I just don’t want to believe that all you naysayers really do think this was appropriate viewing for children of any age.. Sex is a beautiful thing, to be practiced between consenting adults,, in private.. Anyone who thinks flash images on tv promoting products or programs is a good way, or normal way to educate a child about sex is fooling themselves.This isn’t about freedom, it’s about common sense!!!

       
  139. Dan Stephens

    August 14, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Fight on Rebeca! Truth will win out. In the meantime, may I suggest Fox and Friends. It blows away any other morning show on network TV, and is generally safe for kids.

     
  140. lisalynn

    August 14, 2013 at 8:54 am

    how about 1 million moms ? they do fantastic work ..

    http://onemillionmoms.com/

     
  141. lisalynn

    August 14, 2013 at 9:00 am

    sent report to http://onemillionmoms.com this morning at 8 AM :-)

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 14, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks, lisalynn!

       
      • Bettie

        August 18, 2013 at 11:56 am

        Why do you allow your 8 year old son sleep in bed with you? That sends the wrong message, too.

         
  142. Robin

    August 14, 2013 at 9:03 am

    You forgot “Mistresses”……makes me sick. Thank you for your blog!!!

     
  143. Linda Kay

    August 14, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I encourage you to continue your fight. Thank you for being willing to speak out. It’s easy to be frustrated and complain but we often feel there is little we can do to make difference. We need to speak out.

     
  144. MeliciaEvans

    August 14, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Thank you Rebeca.

     
  145. Baron E. Geib

    August 14, 2013 at 10:10 am

    WELL, I am glad that someone stood up and is ok with being counted! I wish I could but I am so computer stupid. But you have inspired me, now all I need to do is find a computer mentor. I would like to start a fight against this garbage in PA. We as born again Christians need to stand up and “fight the establishment!” If you or anyone out there that would be able to help me get started, show me how to get started I would be interested in learning, my e mail is undeadhead41@aol.com. Thank you for any kind of help, Blessings to you and your family they have a very courageous mom.

     
  146. Wayne Janca

    August 14, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Fox & Friends is much more family friendly, starts at 6 AM ET. Later, you have America’s Newsroom, 9 AM ’til 11 AM, then Happening Now at 11 AM. I have never had the need to distract on of my children from these great morning shows!

     
    • Encinom

      August 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      Fox and Friends is for the mind numb sheep that believe Fox is actually a news channel and not the mouth piece for the GOP.

       
      • Bohdi

        August 14, 2013 at 5:24 pm

        If that is the case then all TV is for mind numb sheep. Television is broadcast information used for informing, entertaining and marketing. It is the mind of the individual that chooses to either accept that information or challenge it. All the networks are slanted to the agenda of their audiences, so they will watch the commercials in order to buy products from their advertisers. This for one reason, to make money. It is completely narrow-minded of you to believe that a network is being watched and not being intellectually challenged by the audiences.

         
  147. C Trapp

    August 14, 2013 at 11:08 am

    You mention choices, well you made a couple of choices – you placed a TV in your den and you turned it on. We all know flashing nudity bottomline is about money. Best action and fastest results will be for everyone to turn off TV’s. Sounds hard? It is, try it. Turn off the idiot box and your family won’t know what to do with themselves. Can always watch DVD’s though. Make TV programming and have total control.

     
  148. Cap Magical Memories (@CapMagicalMem)

    August 14, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Thank you!

     
  149. Lori Twichell

    August 14, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Reblogged this on Lori Twichell and commented:
    Rebeca Seitz is a friend of mine. Last week, while watching Good Morning America, an explicitly graphic promo aired for an upcoming ABC show – in front of Rebeca’s young son. She was appalled at the soft porn on her screen so she posted on Facebook about it. You won’t believe what happened next. I’m posting Rebeca’s blog here and I urge you to read it and share it. Be warned – there is a graphic image in the story. I’ve put it under a cut, but it IS what Rebeca saw and she felt that the image needed to be shared so people understood how graphic it was.

     
  150. Emmy

    August 14, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Thank you so much for taking a stand and not apologizing for your standards and faith. I too have become disgusted with what I see on the tv, so I have turned it off. Especially after seeing that ABC “family” is now promoting itself as the “new kind of family”. My kids are too important and precious to let the filth enter them. What I am even more grateful for is that you are not just taking a stand, but doing something about it. We truly need a shift in our culture and media. I can’t wait to see what wholesome content is around the corner. There is a huge market for this that is untapped. It is good to know I am not alone in my thinking. If I can be of any help in any way I’d love to get involved. Thanks again!

     
  151. V.Upton

    August 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    We need to stand up for those who can not. Yes we can shut off the TV, BUT some mothers or fathers are not home at 8 AM, and the children are left alone. If we continue to stay silent, there will be nudity all over the TV no matter what time it is.

    Turning off the TV is like hiding your head in the sand, your back side is still showing.

     
    • aaron burns

      August 14, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      “BUT some mothers or fathers are not home at 8 AM,” , then they are bad parents. I don’t want you or anyone else policing my kids or me.

      “Turning off the TV is like hiding your head in the sand, your back side is still showing.” No, turning the tv off is doing the adult thing. You allow others to do as you please while you make the choice to do as you wish. I don’t come in your house screaming for more nudity, ect…. you need do the same. Real americans let the market and viewing habits of the wider audience decide.

       
  152. Ron Parrs

    August 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    God has called us to be in the battle with our culture. As believers of a just & loving God, we cannot be silent on pornography (even R rated), abortion, poverty, gay marriage & the like. But we also have to have answers to our loved ones & friends who are not Christians or of any faith. Interact with them. Love them. Show them the truth of the Bible. In the end, God will win with or without us, but He wants us there by his side, speaking His truth. Here’s my take on this cultural stuff: http://parpools.typepad.com/notes/2013/08/an-understanding-of-the-christian-left.html

     
    • Encinom

      August 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Ron, hearing voices in your head again? You and your so called God can just turn the friggin’ channel, let the adults do as they please without interference from you bible thumpers.

       
      • Dari

        August 18, 2013 at 6:26 pm

        Isaac Newton, Sir Francis Bacon and Albert Einstein all believed in God and the Bible. Were they “hearing voices?” Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry believe in God and the Bible. Are they hearing voices too? I doubt you are more powerful, rich, famous or knowledgable than any of those listed. Some of the greatest minds to ever grace the planet believed in God and the bible, and were “bible thumping” Christians. Oh the irony of those who call US haters…

         
    • aaron burns

      August 14, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      No ron, we are supposed to be “in this world, not of this world”…. there for you are supposed to let others do as they please and not partake of what you don’t believe. Don’t support them. Turn the channel or get your cable/satellite disconnected.

       
    • Chad Alan Bedford

      August 17, 2013 at 1:46 am

      “IN BATTLE WITH WITH OUR CULTURE?” That’s the kind of talk that has begun countless wars in the name of God. And by the way….JUDGING is one of the WORST sins, in my book. And it never ceases to amaze me that some Christians (and I am one) believe that EVERY OTHER RELIGION ON THE PLANET, EVEN THE ONES MUCH MUCH OLDER THAN CHRISTIANITY, is WRONG, and they are ALL GOING TO HELL….just because they were born in the jungles of south america and practice differently than we do, by many Christians’ standards, they are still going to hell! Sorry…I can’t buy that.

       
  153. Marcia

    August 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    All I can say is unbelievable. I have a 18 month old grand daughter who thankfully is not exposed to TV. I agree you don’t stop getting involved and fight for decent programs. If it is not a TV program then it is something else. Thank goodness for people like Glen Beck who are buying movie buildings and encouraging great people in the Arts.

     
    • aaron burns

      August 14, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      Really, “thank god for glen beck”…. can’t take anything you say seriously now.

       
    • Chad Alan Bedford

      August 21, 2013 at 2:03 am

      I got news for ya….if you get your way and raise your kids on Glen Beck….THEY WILL REBEL! They WILL find one of the MANY other ways to see content they want, and will end up disrespecting you for trying to “hide” the reality of the real, honest, and unfortunately negative media that is out there. They are GOING to see, hear, and learn about all those things your trying to shield them from…and the downside to that is that they will be getting that info, elsewhere, instead of from some loving parents who just need to be honest, and level with them about the “BAD” things the WILL be exposed to…..at least then YOU control the info and can tell them the sad but true reality that awaits them beyond the “Good Book” and explain just how cruel and dishonest the REAL world can be…. and trust me, Glen Beck can definitely spin a happy, utopian world where everything is great…..but come on…look at the nightly news…the world is going to hell in a handbasket….and Glen Beck will be doing nothing but telling s all that Jesus will be here soon to FIX IT ALL!!!!!! But I got news for HIM….he’ll be IN the handbasket; why? Cause he can’t get enough of HIMSELF….and I do believe PRIDE cometh before the fall!!

       
  154. Elizabeth

    August 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    This is exactly the reason why my family does not support TV networks, or their advertisers. And by “not support” I mean “don’t watch”. We pulled the plug on almost all TV watching years ago. If you want to control what, how, and when your kids are introduced to certain adult topics (violence, sex, war, etc) then disengage from the box. You’d be amazed at how easy it is once the step had been taken. Simply turn it off. And leave it off.

     
  155. charissa hobbs

    August 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    thanks for standing up. I stand with you.

     
  156. Encinom

    August 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    The bible thumping morality police got their fur up in a dander again over a non issue. “You house proud town mouse, Ha ha charade you are”

     
  157. Dan Stephens

    August 14, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    We got it Encinom. You hate the God who made you and any news that challenges the well-insulated leftist cocoon you live in. Repeating it incessantly doesn’t make your opinion any more valid.

     
    • Encinom

      August 14, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      I don’t hate god, that is like hating the easter bunny or other fictional characters. I have a problem with christians forcing the sane, rest of the nation to live by their standards. I still have yet to see the place in the Constitution that made Christian house wives the morality police and Censors in Chief. Like the insane, religion needs to be locked away from rest of society.

       
      • momiss

        August 15, 2013 at 6:53 pm

        With all due respect, it is the “christian housewives” who are trying to raise children into responsible adults, many times while simultaneously holding down jobs and paying taxes, and have been doing a whale of a job at it for centuries in America. It is also the “christian housewives” who will be handing you a blanket and clean water when you are in trouble. God is not a fictional character. If you want to see filth you can find it anywhere and view it privately. Television, many moons ago, was considered “family entertainment”. It still is by many who know no better. THAT is how successful they have been at steadily chipping away any morals many people once had.

         
      • Shostakovicz

        August 17, 2013 at 1:08 am

        momiss, it’s not just the Christian housewives who are trying to raise children into responsible adults. I’m quite pleased with how I raised my daughters and am incredibly proud of the caring, thoughtful, happy people they have become, and I’m not Christian, and nor was my late wife, nor is the lovely lady to whom I’m now married.

        Charity is also not a monopoly of Christianity (matter of fact, the more I hear from the Tea Party guys out there, Christianity’s for getting rich, not caring for the poor.). Other faiths preach charity and kindness to strangers, including my own.

        Perhaps if we all worked together instead of fighting over piddly things, we’d get a lot more accomplished?

         
      • Dari

        August 18, 2013 at 8:11 pm

        I am so thankful I came across this information. I’ll just keep posting it every time someone calls a Christian insane for believing in God, talks about us as if we are uneducated backwoods buffoons, or refers to God or Jesus as a myth.

        Albert Einstein, on of the greatest minds of this Century, had an opinion on God and Jesus:

        “In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views.”

        “I’m not an atheist and I don’t think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangements of the books, but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.”

        Although never coming to belief in a personal God, he recognized the impossibility of a non-created universe. The Encyclopedia Britannica says of him: “Firmly denying atheism, Einstein expressed a belief in “Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the harmony of what exists.” This actually motivated his interest in science, as he once remarked to a young physicist: “I want to know how God created this world, I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts, the rest are details.” Einstein’s famous epithet on the “uncertainty principle” was “God does not play dice” – and to him this was a real statement about a God in whom he believed. A famous saying of his was “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

        Even a cursory search of the internet will reveal scores of brilliant minds like Sir Isaac Newton and Descartes who believed in God, as well as many contemporaries like Tom Hanks, Tyler Perry, Ralph Winter and Phillip Anschutz are Christians, and very intelligent and successful I might add.

         
  158. aaron burns

    August 14, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    You made a mistake. You could of had your tv off or on disney or a multitude of other option. It was your fault and you want to blame others.

     
    • Mike DeNatale

      August 15, 2013 at 10:46 am

      That’s right. You should expect porn with your morning news.

       
      • casegameaj

        August 15, 2013 at 10:53 am

        LOL
        And welcome to the 21st Century.

         
      • Shostakovicz

        August 17, 2013 at 1:09 am

        That wasn’t porn. It was barely a blip. It was about five seconds of some bare skin. Calling it porn is like saying a cap gun is a lethal weapon.

         
      • Mike DeNatale

        August 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm

        How long does it have to be there to be porn?

         
  159. Debbi Tehrani

    August 14, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    This country and our media are out of control. Thank you for sharing this.

     
    • casegameaj

      August 15, 2013 at 10:55 am

      I agree but why blame it on sex?

       
  160. Christy

    August 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    You go girl! Thank you for taking a stand. You will find that you have more support than you could have imagined from those of us out here who are hanging on (albeit by a thread) to morals and values. Don’t let the above negative comments get you down or steal your thunder. There are many behind you ready to take a stand also. And if you have Glenn Beck behind you, you are half-way there!

     
  161. Judy

    August 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Unfortunately ABC has a history of inappropriate commercials when children will be watching. I have written to them before about the Heidi Klume Carl’s Jr. ad which was aired during America’s Funniest Videos. It is all so disappointing. If my husband would let me I would completely disconnect the TV, but as it is I think I will be instituting a no live TV policy for the kids. It’s really too bad that it has to come to this. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. So many times I feel like I am alone in my beliefs in this area. It’s nice to know I am not.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 15, 2013 at 6:35 am

      You’re absolutely not alone, Judy. Thanks for the comment!

       
  162. Pat Riesenburger

    August 14, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    *clapping*

     
  163. Mimi Dick

    August 14, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Good going girl——-that’s way tooooooooo much especially in the morning and on a main network and not cable that you have to pay for and don’t watch with your kids! The de- moralizing of America is “their” goal and so far they are winning—too bad you 8 yr. old son had to see that—let’s get um!!

     
  164. Garth & Sandi Smith

    August 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Poor Sam. You’ve been duped my friend. Although I respect your opinion written above, you’ve become so deeply attached to our liberal society that you’ve lost sight of what made this nation great; honestly, morality, integrity etc. We’ve gone a long way down the wrong road and unless we reverse our trends, I’m afraid our whole nation will see it as you do.

     
    • Encinom

      August 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      One thing that nevcer made the nation great was Christian House Wives seeking to appoint themselves censors and morality police. Another thing that has held back the Nation, Christians seeking to impose their beliefs on others, their rejection of science, history and the arts in an attempt to replace the secular republic with a Christian Taleban Theocracy.

       
      • Mimi Dick

        August 14, 2013 at 10:11 pm

        Huh————–no we don’t need the some old fuddy duddy telling us what we can see but apparently we DO need some common sense–which seem to be in short supply–especially with the lefties-liberal-progressive kool aid drinkers! We can’t have a “if it feels good–do it-society as that’s what the pot smoking hippies thought and that didn’t turn out so good! Oh but it’s the pot smoking hippies who are too much in charge is why we have this problem–lack of decency!

         
      • casegameaj

        August 14, 2013 at 10:30 pm

        Common sense tells me not to respond to someone who goes by the name “Mini dick” on this subject.

         
      • Mimi Dick

        August 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm

        If you don’t mind it’s Mimi—and if you can only comment on my last name you must belong with the idiots like Weiner! Dick is a common name in Germany and only the immature would notice.
        Geeeeeeeeeze–morons!

         
      • casegameaj

        August 14, 2013 at 10:55 pm

        I am truely sorry. I thought you were just trying to be funny.

         
      • encinom

        August 14, 2013 at 11:11 pm

        Okay, Dick, that this straight, your bible based bigotry and Christian Morality is not law. You can go off and pray your heads empty I don’t really care. I do care when self appointed moraility cops attempt to impose their screwed up values on the nation at large. There is no difference between Rebeca Stiez and Tipper Gore, both are holding up the bible and seeking to stifle the First Amendment and replace it with censors.

         
  165. Sandi

    August 14, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you for speaking out. We face choices every day that compromise our values without even realizing it. If enough people would voice their concerns publicly and/or boycott the places that do this to our families and children, maybe we could change the downward spiral of this nation. Praying for America.

     
  166. Sharon Shumway

    August 14, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Bravo, heaven forbid a child should be exposed to a prayer. Writhing nakedness is more politically correct. Thanks for speaking up.

     
  167. casegameaj

    August 14, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Oh honey relax.

     
  168. teresa

    August 14, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    This is no surprise,Rachael. I just decided not to renew my subscription to the Philadelphia Inquirer This once great paper featured a profoundly sick picture in its lifestyle section in colour above the fold of a man in full bondage with his alleged smiling mother describing him as her sex slave. This was in a review of a gay film festival. When I e mailed them about my cancellation I got back a Thank you for your comment. Now I can’t leave the paper at the table because everything has become a vehicle for shoving perversity down our throats. Enough!

     
  169. suzer

    August 15, 2013 at 2:04 am

    Why oh why doesn’t Time Warner Cable have a beef with ABC instead of CBS, and remove ABC from my lineup?

     
    • suzer

      August 15, 2013 at 2:09 am

      And I’m a Leftie Liberal and I am siding with Rebecca all the way on this one. Not only is it inappropriate at 8am, it’s cheap, sloppy storytelling. Networks are hemorrhaging viewers to great storytelling on cable. It’s a sign of desperation do resort to sex scenes. Especially in adverts. Meh. Go, Rebecca!

       
      • Rebeca Seitz

        August 15, 2013 at 6:28 am

        Thanks, Susan! That’s the point exactly. :)

         
      • Mike DeNatale

        August 16, 2013 at 10:29 am

        I believe Duck Dynasty Recorded 12 million viewers. For a cable TV show. While I’m not a regular viewer.I have given up on Network TV. Unless it’s sports I really don’t care for many of the shows. The ones I do like I catch online or not at all.

         
  170. Phi in Israel

    August 15, 2013 at 5:29 am

    Kol Ha Kavod, Rebeca! (Heb: All Kudos, Rebeca!)

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 15, 2013 at 6:27 am

      Thank you!

       
  171. mbventuro

    August 15, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Rebeca,
    what no one is addressing here are the adults who are trying to recover from an addiction to computer porn. There are all kinds of filters they can put on their technology to protect and guard themselves from overt sex streaming to them, but how are they to censor MAIN STREAM TV????

    Will we have to enter the times of Caligula for adults to say enough is enough?

    I can’t believe it’s come this far. No, I can’t believe we have ALLOWED it to come this far. Overton Window….can anyone say ‘Dirty Dancing’ among many teen focused films?

     
  172. Erin

    August 15, 2013 at 8:53 am

    That’s awful….Another reason why my kids only watch kids shows. I don’t let them watch network channels too much sex and violence.

     
  173. d.

    August 15, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I’m tired of the ‘sex sells’ excuse. Sex didn’t always sell – once upon a time it was unsellable and everyone knew it; back when “innuendo” actually meant something. Innuendo is now an obsolete concept now that you can pretty much depict that which before you could only hint at. But for the longest time, crossing the line would kill you in that industry.

    TV could become a relatively wholesome media again, at least in theory, but I have no hope of that actually happening.

     
    • Shannen Wilde

      August 19, 2013 at 2:34 am

      OMG do I feel what you are saying. Think about Victoria Secret commercials. I thought women bought from them, yet the commercials make me feel so bad about myself I wouldn’t buy from them no matter what. It feels more like their commercials are a quick porn break in between tv shows.

       
  174. Terry

    August 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I am with you Rebeca! I am fed with ‘sex sells’ everything, now even salad dressing – or should I say undressing? I have filed a number of complaints with the FCC but rarely do they do anything. You would think that, because there is such a backlog of decency complaints, that they would start taking us seriously, that we are FED UP! But they don’t.

     
  175. Tim

    August 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Folks – although you probably can’t expect much from this Administration, complain to the FCC who handle what few broadcast “standards” there are remaining (remember the CBS/Super Bowl/topless kerfluffle)? There used to be some enforcement over when nets could broadcast “adult” content and while many do not like regulation, these are public airwaves, licensed with some rules.

    Also – lots of people bemoan the coarsening of prime time and the loss of the “family hours,” and in those cases, it’s now the eyeballs voting … so “click it off”… as ratings= ad dollars. Better off reading a book sometimes anyway.

     
  176. Helen Lebrett

    August 15, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I’m so with you!!! Good for you for taking a stand: I’m just glad that I wasn’t watching that with my kids – and they’re 20 and 24!!! Some things just aren’t appropriate on the airwaves. It should be kept private and personal, and definately not shown as good to cheat!!! Keep up the good work!!!

     
  177. Jackson

    August 15, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I agree with you that television could be higher quality (I don’t pay for it anymore), and that shows have too much sex (it doesn’t add anything…), but you are still a air-headed fundy.

     
    • momiss

      August 15, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      What exactly is an air-headed fundy?
      How old are you?

       
  178. Connie

    August 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Now THIS is irony….look what I found from GMA in April. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/AmericanFamily/story?id=126534&page=1

     
    • casegameaj

      August 15, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      To Connie:
      My point exactly. Instead of trying to hide from these kids what they want to know, educate them on it.

      Some of you parents act like you were never a curious kid.

       
  179. Kelly Kafir

    August 16, 2013 at 3:24 am

    We stand with you!! It is time we got standards enforced and get this smut off of TV. I don’t even watch anymore because all it is is pure garbage… I end up watching the History channel…

     
  180. jasonhamlin

    August 16, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Are you not close enough with your children to discuss these topics?! You go around blaming TV – or liberals or communists – but the responsibility lies squarely on you, the parent. As if your kids haven’t already seen sexy images at the mall, or the magazine stand, or on the side of a bus! Unreal. Get over yourself and find something useful to do. (And the commenter who points out that you already thought this channel was “communist” nails it: what did you expect!)

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 16, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Hi, Jason. Thanks for your comment.

      First, I don’t think ABC is communist. That’s…good grief, that’s such a strange statement, I don’t even know what to do with it.

      Second, of course I’m close with my children and discuss topics with them. We were watching the news because we discuss what’s going on in the world (as stated in the post). As his parent, who is in good relationship with him, I know my son. I know that at eight years old, he’s still figuring out if he wants to play a sport and/or an instrument. He’s figuring out his new life in this new place we’ve just moved. He’s processing who he is as a big brother, a son, a friend, a grandson, a person. He’s thinking through what it will be like at his new school and asking all sorts of questions. He’s learning how to relate to people.

      Scientific studies inform me that showing graphic sexual images to him make him three times more likely to engage in sex within two years of seeing the image as boys who didn’t see those images. And, the earlier someone begins having sex, other studies reveal that they are more likely to have casual, unprotected sex. I don’t want either of those things for my child. I want the best for him in all things. So, as a parent, I try very hard to keep graphic sexual images from entering his mind. Your point that sexual imagery is everywhere is not an argument against the effect of its presence – its a revealing statement about how much it appears we don’t care as a society about damaging our children.

      Finally, raising my child well IS “something useful”. Yes, I work hard to help content creators through the company I’ve gratefully owned for eight years and the non-profit I co-chair, but raising my children is the most useful thing I could ever do. Your idea that making sound choices for my children – and caring about the fact that my son saw two naked people having sex – is not “useful” is simply absurd.

       
      • jasonhamlin

        August 16, 2013 at 1:11 pm

        Here’s the thing, Reb. You could have chosen to simply say, “inappropriate,” turned off the TV and moved on. Instead, you chose to actually REWIND the commercial (I find this incredulous and self-serving, but whatever). Now, instead of a blip on the radar, you have elevated this to national news (again, a waste of space, but what can you do). Instead of the image being brief, it’s on most stations, it’s on your blog (seriously, how ironic is this whole affair?) and the creators of the show, and the network, are jumping up and down in excitement! Free advertising!!
        Next, I’d just like to know, what is the study you handily reference? You mean to tell me that your 8-year-old boy is now more likely to engage in sex at TEN? Are you sure? Have you met a 10-year-old boy? Seriously. Hogwash and propaganda.
        Anyway, your ten seconds are over and the nation will move on. There will be more sex on TV. There will be more images of humans without clothes. And your boys will see these images. But if you raise them well and teach them your ideals, the IMAGES don’t matter. What baffles me is that so much effort is placed on BLAME, blame the media, blame the liberals, blame Obama, jeez you can blame anything if it serves a purpose. You don’t blame the news you were watching, I notice, where the images of violence are far more traumatizing than any image of the lovely human body. Lady, it’s not the images that will shape your children, it’s your reaction. And if I know boys, I know one thing: if you want them TO DO something … tell them NOT to do it.
        Your message is old news now and I’m bored with your responses. Sorry, I just don’t think what you’re saying makes any sense. My daughter is not shielded from images like “this” and she’s become the biggest prude in the world (which is fine with me), so I think parenting trumps censorship any day. History shows this to be true.

         
      • Rebeca Seitz

        August 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm

        Hi, Jason. The studies whose existence you question can be learned about here:
        http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/real-healing/201208/overexposed-and-under-prepared-the-effects-early-exposure-sexual-content

        As you’ll learn, images DO matter. Greatly.

        What, exactly, did you read me blaming someone for? The study above, yes, shows that there are results from exposing children to graphic sexual imagery. (Which is why I don’t expose my children to it knowingly – not that I was given notice it was coming by GMA, which was the point of my post.) Is that what you’re referencing as “blame”?

         
      • ruth

        August 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm

        Wait a minute…there is a difference between a kid stumbling across sexually explicit material and SHOWING kids sexually explicit material. The later implies that you are cool with what you are sharing with them, which no doubt would send the message that you are okay with them experimenting. However, as Jason stated, your kids are exposed to sex, sexuality, and sexually explicit media everyday. I mean how do you handle news stories about gay rights with them? Surely if you talk about word events with your son as they are presented on television, you must touch on topics like gay marriage, birth control, abortion rights, etc. I, as all kids growing up in the late 20th century and beyond, was exposed to this stuff, both inadvertently and intentionally – I was 20 when I first had sex. The key is to act as an adult about these things – if you go bonkers, your kids are going to pick up on that and view sex in general as immoral and wrong. And your comment about sex being something beautiful between two married people is offensive to say the least. Different strokes for different folks, and as we are all different and always have been, your morals will never and should never dictate how the rest of us live our lives.
        Let it go. It’s TV, and TV is garbage anyhow (save PBS).

         
  181. Sigurd Sabathil

    August 16, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Rebeca – good for you. BUT there is even worse junk tv on the tube harmful to children. Do you receive Spike TV “deadliest warrier” ? Please look for it. Unbelievably bloody gory material. How to slice,stab, bludgeon, eviscerate, drain, decapitate, sever, …..stc the human body. In addition how to carry out terror attacks: assassinate people, wipe out a whole restaurant of people with the same handgun used in the school massacre ! How to make pipe bombs. Which is the best machine gun for your terror projects… etc etc. -Words can not convey the glorification of this gore and mayhem – you have to see for yourself. All this broadcast clearly at childrens viewing hour – before school and on weekends

     
    • Shostakovicz

      August 17, 2013 at 1:16 am

      Sigurd, your premise is flawed. You are basing your point on the flawed assumption that if it’s on TV, it’s intended for kids. There is a lot of stuff on TV that is intended for adult audiences, “Deadliest Warrior” in particular being one of them.

      That said, it’s an individual parent’s responsibility to decide what their children may or may not watch.

      Also, I object to your erroneous characterization of the show. It does not, in fact, give lessons on how to assassinate, or conduct terrorist operations. Its purpose is to compare and contrast historical fighting styles and weaponry of various ages.

       
  182. Lori Harris

    August 16, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I’m amazed people still have TV in their homes. We took ours out over 20 years ago and never looked back….

     
  183. Moirraine

    August 16, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I want to see the cretins who said that this is ok go on national TV and bare their imperfect bodies with their families watching.

    When they went all Liberal I stopped watching – and boy has it become so much worse!

    Other stations are pushing this envelope – TNT mostly – and it’s time to stop. I am tired of hearing the S word in and the sneaking of the F word on TV SEVERAL times.

    They are forcing us to accept crass and ignorant speech as well as the sexual attacks on children and make no mistake that was an attack on MILLIONS of children!

    Imagine – you have an R rated movie that your 8 year old is watching – the nudity is brief and you don’t care – the social worker comes into your home and takes your children for your wonderful parenting.

    What is the DIFFERENCE between what ABC did and what a UNCARING PARENT WOULD DO WITH R OR X RATED MOVIES HANGING AROUND???

    The difference is that ABC or any other media outlet won’t have their reputation sullied and their children ripped from them – ABC you lose – bye bye forever.

     
  184. Mel

    August 16, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I wish I could give you a big hug! I am a teacher/wife and the mother of 3 boys.
    The tv in the past decade has become nothing more than trash… When I see commercials aired for the scandalous shows during prime time hours when you feel you should be safe and your children as well – it just infuriates me.
    It’s not fair that they are shoving these messages/images down out throats and my innocent children’s. My husband and I work hard to teach & model for our boys good values, strong morals and appropriate decision making. If your a parent you would understand and realize that we are raising our future – one that needs strong, able minded, respectable and good citizens. So Rebecca- if you You get frustrated and furious at the industry do what we continue to do everyday with our sons- talk, communicate, model for them and listen to their questions and continue to be a strong family unit- no commercial naughtiness can break or undo what children learn and see from their loving adults in their lives! God bless!

     
  185. Michael Fitz-Gibbon

    August 16, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    So your TV doesn’t have a button to change the channel or a button to turn it off?

    You need to get that repaired.

     
  186. Gayle Bullillngton

    August 16, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Why on earth would you have a television on at 8:00 in the morning? And why would you have it tuned to a show that is for adults when children are in the room? GMA has never billed itself as a children’s program. If you don’t like the programming vote with your finger – the one you use to press the off button. Better yet, leave the TV off and pay attention to your children in the mornings. It’s amazing what children will talk about when there is no mind numbing television chatter in the background. You cannot abdicate your responsibilities as a parent to television and then complain when you cannot force your values and ideology on everyone else who may not agree with you.

     
    • Jen

      August 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Thank you so much for being one of the reasonable ones.

       
    • george

      August 18, 2013 at 12:56 am

      Very well said…especially the last part. TV stations are only concerned about $$$, not proper child rearing procedure….if there is such a thing.

       
    • Dari

      August 18, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      You are about the 20th person to make this comment. It is obvious you either didn’t read the article or didn’t pay attention. She is in the industry, her job as well as her non profit is geared toward cleaning up the industry, and she watches TO teach her son and open dialog. Under I can see her using media as a teaching tool for her son at a time of day and with a program normally considered safe. As I’ve stated before, GMA announces each segment in advance so she can pick and choose which segments to watch with her son. She had a reasonable expectation that nudity and sex in a commercial wouldn’t be an issue. Not only was she “paying attention” to her son, she was actively parenting him in a responsible way, exposing him to what she wanted to discuss and when, exactly as a responsile parent should. Not wanting nudity and sexual content during daytime hours is not forcing values, it’s being responsible members of society. You keep wanting to make this an issue of Christianity or legislating morality when it is really an issue of taking away our right TO choose when we are ambushed with these commercials.

       
  187. Jo Wallace

    August 16, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Rebecca, I have not had time to review all the responses here, there have been a great many passionate responses to your post. And that is good. I want to encourage you in your battle. I too, wanted to take on the world when my children were young and inappropriate material blazed before their eyes. I would even go as far as to turn all the magazines around at the grocery store and then call the manager and let them know who I was and why I did it. One night a man in line said to me, you don’t even have your kids with you. And I replied, “I don’t need my kids here with me, I, as a woman, object to the pictures and content on these magazines. I object to standing in line and being forced to view this material.” Under our Constitution, they may have the right to publish it, but I have the right to object.

    I was a very protective “housewife”, even worse, I home schooled my children – I can only imagine the taunts that would be thrown my way by some of your reviewers. You are right, imagery matters and advertisers and media know it. There are entire fields of study dedicated to what color to paint a restaurant to make you eat more, where to place entrance and exit doors and even where to place items in the grocery story so you will buy more. There is an entire industry dedicated to packaging so that you will be enticed to buy. Do you know how much study there is given to sex and closing the sale.

    Do we not know the difference between giving a child medication and giving a child drugs. Do we not know the difference between giving a child a drink of Kool aid and giving them an alcoholic drink. Do we not know the difference between a spanking and a beating. Do we not know the difference between. . . .well maybe some here don’t know the difference between teaching about responsible and respectful sexual relationships and the simple act of sex. You know who knows about the effects of such on children but does not care about them, drug dealers, abusive parents, addicts, alcoholics and advertisers. I am sure this list is not complete, there are more who on a broad scale tend to not concern themselves with the well being of children but this list is long enough to make my point.

    To go along as though these professions are not real or that they are not a real danger would be, well, childish. It would be interesting to know how many objectors of your stance would consider the local drug dealer having a counseling room at their children’s schools a good idea. Or the next time the local police come to their children’s school to teach about drugs, they allow the kids to touch and handle the drugs, and perhaps a few could volunteer to test the drugs to see what effect they have. Yeah, that sounds like a good idea doesn’t it?

    NO. Because there are some things in this world that have an addictive and/or destructive nature all their own, i.e., alcohol, smoking, drugs, sex, gambling, and video games. There is a moral obligation to protect our children from these ills in both the home and out. I can tell you, if any CPS worker came into a home and found the mother and father engaged in activity such as was shown on your tv screen in front of their children, they would remove the children immediately. And yes, that means Victoria should keep her secrets, discrete.

    Children should be concerned with child like things. Those who have the privilege of airing television content into our homes should be responsible with their privilege. And when they fail to do so, they should be held accountable for those actions, without doubt. With privilege comes a great responsibility to do right. And doing right for and by the weakest in our society is the best policy. We, as a nation have no greater asset in our culture than our youth. As with any asset, there should be very deliberate and protective actions taken to protect their minds and the development of their character. Nothing should be permitted to come between a mother and her teaching of character to her children nor should an impersonal entity as the television be allowed to interfere in her sacred rights as a mother.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 16, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Beautifully written and utterly wise, Jo. Thank you for posting.

       
    • Kingston Hawke

      August 17, 2013 at 6:49 am

      Right off the bat your whole position is revealed as invalid because you don’t seem to realize at all that you don’t get to decide what the definition of innapropriate is for anyone but you and your’s. When you start turning over magazines in public places, you are literally forcing your morals on others. The right thing to do in those situations is to take your business elsewhere and to let that store know exactly why you did so. But you realized that the business won’t care because those magazines are what the majority of the public wants. So, instead, you decided to strip others of their rights. That’s no better than a Muslim hearing music in a public place and turning it off because that’s what his morals tell him shouldn’t be available to the public.

      You’ve got to realize at some point, that your morals are not mine. And that the only way that we can coexist in a society is if we all agree to stop trying to impose our morals on others.

      Do you even realize that the people you think you’re agreeing with probably have a whole host of differing morals than you? What you said about alchohol goes dirrectly against the Bible, so I’m pretty sure that most of the Jesus followers, wouldn’t like you telling them how bad of a human their God is for turning water into alchohol.

       
      • Warren

        August 17, 2013 at 10:52 am

        Kingston….well written response. However, you are incorrect in ” But you realized that the business won’t care because those magazines are what the majority of the public wants.” The magazines do NOT put out “what the majority wants” any more than the movies do or the newspaper do…..they put out what they hope will SELL. They place images and ‘article titles’ will tempt or lead people “down a path to purchase” and that is not giving them what the people want.
        The government does not give us “what we want” in the same way…..not by using sex, but by forcing its plan upon us. The media just tempts us to follow…..and, like mice following the Pied Piper, our culture follows.
        Please give me some examples, or rather, any example of a society in which different levels of morality coexisted….and just how long that group of people lived ‘coexisting’ as you call it.

        Rebecca….wonderful words….and I especially appreciate your polite replies to everyone, even those who do not treat you with respect. Very honest, very professional. Integrous.

         
    • June Trieb

      August 19, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      Amen!!

       
  188. HeyThereCee

    August 16, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I’m not one to get offended easily, with that said. Should this promo be aired at 8, 9am. No way, I 100% agree with you! If ABC has to, air it during the major prime time hours 8 – 11pm, 11:30pm on. Is the brief nudity necessary..no. It’s done for shock effect, to interest, suck in the viewer. All about getting the ratings – old cliche of “sex sells.” Not only ABC, look at any network during the morning, day and night , especially during the national news – and count how many medication commercials air for E.D. -and whatever issue one may have – airs. THAT is probably my biggest pet peeve, we’re a “pill nation.”

    Anyway I’m getting off topic. All of the major network shows simply disgust me anyway. Lousy vapid shows. From brainless reality junk to poorly written dramas. (There were shows on ABC hyped up all summer..I checked it out, only to end up being cancelled weeks later) Sadly, this show might survive because of the content. I wont be viewing it, honestly I do not watch that much TV anymore. Local news, baseball/football. I like “The Newsroom” on HBO – now that is a well written drama. That’s about it!

     
  189. Chad Alan Bedford

    August 17, 2013 at 2:26 am

    …and one more thing: if you would like, I could provide you with some screenshots from those G and PG movies you want so badly (usually Disney ones) that would embarrass a hooker. There are all kinds of hidden sexual images: spread legs, phalluces, bare breasts… I could go on. Just do a Bing image search for sexual imaagery in Disney movies and YOU WILL BE AMAZED!!!!!!

     
  190. Tamas

    August 17, 2013 at 8:11 am

    My two cent is that kids should not watch random TV shows of any kind. That would prevent all this kind of outrage.
    I would be more disturbed by guns (end of the ad here in question) and violence in general on TV, that appear to be more tolerated by the public.

     
  191. akismet-27b8b2e409c4fe71e5daa418007cfe00

    August 17, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Your post catapulted me back 12 years to when my son was 8 years old and I was forced to go into a 7-11. He wanted something to drink before a stressful first eye doctor appointment. There at the front counter, in full frontal glory were adult magazines at his perfect eye level. I flipped out and yelled at the manager. What was truly abhorrent was that all the sheepeople in line looked at ME like I was the crazy one.

    Folks think fighting against sexually explicit material in front of our children makes us prudes. Quite the contrary. We are simply people who recognize that the best way to have great, passionate sex for a lifetime means a committed relationship where both partners have not been with a whole host of other partners! What a mess to your heart and your mind and your health..this truth will NEVER change no mater how many condoms you throw at it. I want my kids to have happy healthy sex lives, not to have apply cream once a month for their outbreaks! Where is THAT fun fact portrayed in mainstream media? Exposing the sex act to children who are far to young to understand it is a crime and irresponsible. As Jo Wallace (commenter above) so eloquently put it, if state agencies found out parents were having sex in front of their kids, the kids would be taken away. What’s the diff? I fear that the Sodom and Gomorrah behavior is soooo rampant right now that people do not even know what normal/happy looks like anymore. That doesn’t mean we should stop fighting!

     
    • Reno Berkeley (@RenoBerkeley)

      August 18, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      You yelled at the manager over a bunch of girly magazines? No wonder people looked at you like that. I’m sure that your son has the image of that etched in his memory. You clearly overreacted and could have just ignored it, or quietly brought it up to the manager at a later date when your son was not with you. Instead, you likely traumatized your son by freaking out and yelling at random people who probably had little control over where those mags were displayed. Great going, Mom. You taught your son that seeing boobies is bad.

       
    • June Trieb

      August 19, 2013 at 2:44 am

      Way to go! I, too, have questioned store managers about the placement of adult literature.

       
  192. ann

    August 17, 2013 at 10:05 am

    The mindless junk, never mind the immorality, that is on TV is the reason I spend my leisure time reading what is interesting and uplifting. Bad enough that adults absorb this trash and become insensitive to it but for children to be exposed and take away all innocence, no wonder our world is in the state it is. We will have so much to answer for before God.

     
  193. Daelynn

    August 17, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Have read many comments bashing this blog as a Christian thing only. Regardless of religious affiliation, every parent should be upset about this. Who wants their child exposed to this type of “porn” at a young age? Children these days are surrounded by this stuff every day. Billboards and how some people even dress. This has nothing to do with religion, but protecting our kids from seeing things they are too young to see and situations they should not be concerned about. It is sad when adults think this is entertainment – perhaps if more adults spent time working on their marriages we would not have so many divorces, since tv portrays affairs and relationships outside of marriage as so fulfilling.

    When my kids were younger, I would block channels that played commercials for other channels that had shows I would never let them watch. We had many channels blocked.

    Hope many people contact ABC and let them know how much this bothers them.

     
    • Rich Theriault

      August 17, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Daelynn,

      Great point. This issue is important to nearly all of the political spectrums.

      There are a lot of people (180m) who like to watch live tv. In particular sports. They can skip the commercials automatically by using a new product that allows you to skip commercials automatically while watching live tv. It is called mytvchoice. Problem with Netflix and roku and other solutions is that there are no live sports.

      Rich

       
  194. Tana Lopez

    August 17, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I don’t think this is a matter of being liberal or conservative. . . I think it’s about society’s moral obligation to our children. What was shown on that commercial during a time that most children are awake and possibly watching the television is just wrong. I consider myself to be an extremely liberal person in politics and otherwise, but I completely agree with your article and I applaud your courage for standing up and doing something about it.

     
  195. Brittany

    August 17, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I completely agree and would love to join any efforts to protect our children and the television they are watching. It has become so ridiculous these days, please give me any info to help!

     
  196. andrea Palmer

    August 17, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    You’re heralding the truth, sistah!

     
  197. sandra

    August 17, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    About ten years ago I stopped watching TV for a year, and after I turned my TV back on I was disgusted by how commercials had changed over that time. Incredibly sexual selling things like iced tea. Now, I will never again pay for garbage being streamed into my home.

     
  198. motherofknights

    August 17, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    As producers, me and my husband could not agree more. This is why we started our own TV and Film production company a year ago. After many years in TV development, we are trying to make a positive difference developing our own projects like Life By Design, a better kind of reality, and a documentary of City Impact, the ministry that Francis Chan has been working with the past few years. We appreciate your prayers! Here is an interview we recently did that shows our hearts:http://godcenteredmom.com/2013/07/11/honoring-him-in-hollywood-meet-the-lia-family/

     
  199. Tara

    August 17, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Good for you!! I completely agree with you and am thankful for your stand against this. Standing with you, sister! God bless. :)

     
  200. Anna

    August 17, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    So proud of you for fighting this fight! Yes, we expect this on primetime. My 8 yr old has less than half a dozen channels she is allowed to watch. So yesterday evening she is in the sunroom watching Nickolodeon with Grammy and they show a birth control I ad. My mom was like, do you know what they just advertised??? Unbelievable, since when does this channel’s (supposed) target audience (young children) need birth control?

     
    • Anna

      August 17, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      I should specify, we expect this on primetime only and on certain channels only!

       
  201. prettysummer

    August 17, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    May I use your blog post as an article for my remedial and freshman college students to read and then write a response? I have been looking for an article like this for awhile now as I am alo outraged by what is now considered acceptable during children’s viewing hours (ads or horror shows and films, really?)!!!

     
  202. Michael Aires

    August 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    The image of a crucified man would be far more traumatic to children than this brief clip of a naked couple embracing.

     
  203. aliciapatterson6

    August 17, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    WELL said. And what you said was so important. I concur. Thank you. That’s very close to how I felt when on the way to school every day my kids passed a billboard with “Dexter” on it looking pretty normal except for the extra (unattached) arm in the picture. I called the local bill board company and the advertising company in New York to bring attention to the fact that seeing an appendage, an unmatched arm should bother us as a people. An arm should make is think of a person. Arms are attached to moms and dads and uncles and aunts and brother and sister and husbands and wives. They are attached to people. And when we are not disturbed with displaying body parts like that than we are not too far from another holocaust.

    They did change the billboard. Eventually. Probably no sooner than if I hadn’t said anything. But I’m still glad I did. Because it was the right thing to do at the time.

    Thanks again for your blog. I pray it makes a difference.

     
  204. lmmontes

    August 17, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Rebecca, we no longer have television streaming into our home. We learned years and years ago that commercials are too fast to catch. And it seems over the years the commercials have become racier and downright inappropriate period. There are some really wonderful shows I’m sure I’m missing, but commercials seem to trump our decision for reconnecting with cable television. And I cannot fathom paying for it, to boot. We now have Netflix and control what we watch. We have used Hulu as well, but then again there have been inappropriate commercials there as well. Turning television off is the best decision for all families, for a ton of reasons.

     
    • richt619

      August 17, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      Hi Immontes,

      I understand your dilemma. The commercials come fast and furious. There is a however a new product that automatically skips the commercials when you are watching live tv. You get a pretty good idea about it by viewing the videos on the home and about pages of the website (www.mytvchoice.com). The nice thing is that it all happens automatically and you never have to worry about commercials while watching live tv. They initially are covering major sports (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA football and popular reality shows like Dancing with the Stars, American Idol and Voice. Based on input from their customers they are looking to expand coverage.

      Let me know what you think? Thanks.

      Rich”

       
      • lmmontes

        August 17, 2013 at 11:59 pm

        Rich,
        Thanks for information, but I don’t value television enough to spend the time searching for ways to protect my family. We find that we don’t miss it at all and we find that not having TV allows us to accomplish so much more. Every now and again we turn off Netflix and do a complete media fast. It’s so rewarding for our family.

         
  205. Cass

    August 17, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    This is exactly why we choose not to have a TV! Maybe it’s time to toss the tube? We made the choice years ago in our efforts to protect our childrens’ hearts… we never looked back. Love to you, sorry this happened!

     
  206. Susan G.

    August 18, 2013 at 12:11 am

    You have every right to be upset Rebeca! I’m behind you all the way! This was so horribly wrong! So sorry for this to have happened in front of your children. We all need to protect our children and grandchildren from being subjected to this unwanted sex and pornography that is so rampant on TV and the internet! Too bad you have the rude comments from the small-minded people who want to ‘bash’ Christians just because they disagree with us. You have been a model of grace with them. Keep up the good fight!

     
  207. george

    August 18, 2013 at 12:37 am

    I’m not sure this is such a bad thing. There are so many other images that our kids are exposed to that are more more harmful. IMO.

     
  208. Nathan

    August 18, 2013 at 2:16 am

    Blown well out of proportion. As there is nothing else you all should worry about. Do you seriously think that your innocent, precious, bible brainwashed boys have not already checked out or are being exposed to nudity in an age of Internet, smart phones and media?
    You don’t like what’s on TV? Don’t watch TV. You are raising your kids to be spineless losers! Good for you!

     
  209. Roger

    August 18, 2013 at 2:51 am

    I totally understand your reasons for being upset with an ad like this being shown at that time of day. With that being said, you’re totally out of line with your puritan views on what others can view. It’s your right to not watch this show when it airs. But don’t have a childish tantrum stomping your feet out of the room and try to tell others what is acceptable and not acceptable to view. Grow up and put your big girl pants on and leave it to the rest of us to determine what we want to watch on tv.

     
  210. Ryan Leslie

    August 18, 2013 at 4:07 am

    I have read through a lot of these comments, it seems that a lot of people are saying that Rebeca should keep her TV off and her nose in the bible yet their logic is that “it is 2013 and this is how it is”. They should then know that people from all walks of life are bombarded with media and it is our way of life. People watch the news today like people read newspapers in the 50′s. This is the reason we have ratings on all of our shows..Rebeca should be able to make a choice of what she wants on in her house..that is the bottom line. I am not sure what the morning news shows are rated but I know that this is not common. I feel bad that she now has to wonder what her kids are thinking and explain things that do not need to be explained yet. Show a little compassion people, it is not like she is saying that these shows shouldn’t exist at all…just that we can do better. I don’t see how anyone can take issue with this, even if you disagree you can do so respectfully while completely empathizing with her situation. Best of luck to you Rebeca!!

     
  211. Pam Ulrich

    August 18, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Thanks for your wake-up call.

     
  212. Merry

    August 18, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I stopped watching GMA years ago because I was questioning their integrity when their allowed a scantily-clad Janet Jackson performing on the show right after her “wardrobe malfunction” at the Superbowl. Thanks for confirming I made the right decision all those years ago.

     
  213. Zoltan Patterson

    August 18, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Rebeca, Thanks and keep up the good fight. To all the critics that “don’t get it”, this is not strictly a Christian thing, or a religious thing. This is a cultural problem. I am an atheist. However, I am mad as ever at the TV networks for showing totally inappropriate trailers that suddenly appear, ones that show extreme violence or implied sexual content. Why, during the Super Bowl of all things, do they suddenly show dead bodies for the latest crime show? Disgusting. Here I am with my little kids, and “BAM”, dead bodies, or implied sex. Do you really think this is appropriate … if so, you must belong to that segment of the populating that takes small children into PG-13 or R rated movies! They should be living in a G rated world. But with these hit-and-run ads, they get exposed. Again, this is a cultural problem, not an issue of Christianity or religion. THINK!

     
  214. thisfarmwife

    August 18, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I appreciate your post and your outrage. It is completely inappropriate and links discussing the psychology behind it are dead on. I know a lot a my mom friends who would be outraged, Christian and non Christian. We don’t watch commercial television t our home, at all. Neither do most of my mom friends who would be outraged. It isn’t that I wouldn’t like to flip on GMA and enjoy my morning coffee. I remember those mornings as a child. I’m just not willing to risk it. As you said these things are burned into their minds. Not just that picture but as someone else suggested crime, scandal etc. But mostly my beef is with commercials. We have had the same thing happen to us when driving along listening to country radio. The Viagra commercials are completely inappropriate for little ears. Alas now it’s mostly the IPOD. Nevertheless, the naysayers on here are not paying attention. This I not a Christian issue, this is a family value issue, it’s an educational issue. As a bumper sticker I recently saw said. “If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention” Thanks for reminding folks out there and this is simply not okay.

     
  215. Amy Pinson

    August 18, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I am a Christian…but, when Christians put forth outrage like this it make me nuts! I have four children ages 9 to 23. I would NEVER consider watching any morning news show with them at this age. I don’t watch any morning news shows myself. We don’t have cable. My children do/did not watch any commercial tv in their younger years. I don’t understand the SHOCK over seeing a commercial for an ABC show during an ABC show. I understand it was morning. But, they are going to air commercials during their highest viewed shows. Which I would assume would be their morning news programs. But, what makes me nuts is when we participate in things of the world and then are horrified when it acts like the world. It is like when that magician almost got his head bitten off by the lion. Everyone, was shocked. It’s a lion! You stick your head inside a lions mouth enough times and eventually it will get bitten. You have every right to watch this show (not that you need my approval), watch whatever movies you wish, read whatever books you enjoy. But, please don’t pitch a fit when it comes back and bites you in the butt. It really reflects badly on the rest of us, commonsense thinking, Christians.

     
  216. Sue

    August 18, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I don’t care much what consenting adults do married or not since it is none of my business but do think the commercial was over the top even for adults.

    But, I would never watch morning news shows on any channel with my kids. I’d rather talk with them, sing with them, read to them or play with them. If I needed TV to entertain them I’d put on a chilren’s show or pop a video in.

     
  217. george

    August 18, 2013 at 9:57 am

    @ 8 years old there is still much development going on. Genes are being turned on and off. I think you may have found a way to successfully turn on the “Gay” gene with your reaction. (not that thats a bad thing) But any curiosity about a man and a woman your son may have had has just been replaced by fear and punishment. Oh well, there are a lot of different ways to look at this.

     
  218. Jo Wallace

    August 18, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Amy- I am glad you replied with a call to a higher standard but I found it hard to find the grace of Christ in your response. I agree with you, that if we are going to walk in the world we have to be very careful to not walk as the world. But we all have areas, no matter how well we are doing that we fall into those places (for all have sinned and fallen short of the grace of God; no none are righteous. This is our very need for a savior). Your post sounded to me like you were blasting a mother who is trying to make a stand against society not against Christians. Regardless of her judgement of what she watches or where it happened or how, it happened. She is a grown woman who does not require the rest of us to admonish her as there is no laws against the news, and no not even for children, or being informed. There are different opinions on the matter, not laws. It would be kind to remember that she is a sister in Christ, not the enemy. I can tell by your boldness, that you too have some time been in the line of fire for making a stand for godly principles and understand the weight of these words on the heart. Finally, she is taking a stance against the enemy on behalf of decency and that ultimately is a battle for the Lord, which requires encouragement from her siblings in the Lord. Just as you turned your TV off and insulated your family from the evils of this world, this mother has been placed (for the members of the body are placed according to HIS goodwill) in a different staging area of the battle. She is getting beat up enough from the nonchristians on this post and I am sure every other area of her life, your words of admonishment would have far greater impact if they were words words of wisdom (knowledge delivered in love and wrapped in encouragement).

    Blessings sister, stay strong and stay the course and May the Lord of all good gifts bless you and your family as you live for His glory.

     
    • Amy Pinson

      August 18, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Jo,
      That is my point. She (everyone) does have the right to exercise her/their own judgement in what they watch or allows their children to watch. I am sure I watch things and allow my children to watch things that many would not approve of. But, when I do this I am not shocked when I see a demonstration of what the world does naturally, sex, violence, language, blasting of “family values”. I think to decide to become outraged and call national attention to protest what you saw (I gather she has gone on Glen Beck). Only furthers the sense of hypocrisy so many see in Christ followers. Which I find extremely frustrating. I am not trying to beat up on her. My thoughts were not just directed at her. But, at many of the comments that I glanced over here. And honestly, if I was speaking face to face with her I would have said the same things, but in a nicer tone. Which, is obviously difficult to convey in this format. Although, you did it well.

       
  219. The little pilgrim

    August 18, 2013 at 11:52 am

    We stopped watching tv 3 years ago. We feel that nothing … Nothing glorifies God on tv. We didn’t want our children viewing what the world seems as good and moral. We want to be the ones who decide when and where our children are exposed to these things such as sex, homosexuality, cheating, murder, demons etc. Are we sheltering our children? Yes. We are called to disciple the children that are on loan from The Lord. When Jesus returns and asks “what have you done with all I have blessed you with?” ” have you allowed their eyes and hearts to be deceived by media and the world?” I want to be able to answer no Lord. We did all we could to lead them to the cross and not into satans yoke. I commend you for all your efforts with getting this handled and I am shocked that Facebook of all places removed it. Thank you for sharing this.

     
  220. Nancy Peuraharju

    August 18, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Kudos Rebeca! This got me to remember what I was thinking about this past week in regards to some of my favorite US TV shows that I watch over here on Finnish TV. What is up with the F-word being used openly and abundantly on so many American TV shows…??!! For instance one show I really like is ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ but they F-word seems to come out of everyone’s mouths with almost every sentence. How is that possible? When I still lived in the US, granted that was 25 years ago, but still back then on regular TV you could even say S***… now the F-word is used as a norm??!! Unfortunately over here they don’t *beep* it out b/c the shows are not dubbed. You hear the actual English sound track and it’s translated into Finnish text at the bottom of the screen. But even the translation does not include the F-word equivalent in Finnish, it’s just left out, as it should be in the actual soundtrack…. Does the F-word sell the TV show??!!

     
  221. Georgen Charnes

    August 18, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Rebecca, I am a left-wing, anti-censorship, atheist mom. And I’m with you on this issue! I hate it that while my kid is watching a nature show, there are erectile dysfunction ads; while watching a kid’s show on Hulu, she’s shown a daytime drama ad that has “sex” written across the screen; and the sex lubricant ads don’t need to be on shows kids can watch.

    Commercials should be at the same ratings level as the shows they’re featured on. It’s not about censorship, it’s about appropriateness. I don’t want to have to answer my kid’s questions about “what are they doing” during breakfast. I don’t want to have to tell them the facts of life before they’re ready because the tv network gazillionaires have decided they shouldn’t have any restrictions on making more money. I want my kid to have a childhood.

     
  222. Sean

    August 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    While I agree with you that the commercial in question should not have been aired during that time, by whisking your kid away from the TV you are teaching him from a very early age that sex is shameful and embarrassing. In your interview with Glenn Beck you said that you like to have the news on in the morning so that your son can see and discuss with you what’s going on in the world, so why wouldn’t you calmly explain the basics of the birds and the bees to him right then and there? Why is it more acceptable for him to see all the violence going on the world (e.g. assaults, murders and wars), but sex is somehow too much?

     
  223. Kevin Provance

    August 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    If you’re kids have this image forever burned into their heads, I’m going to guess that you make a huge deal about it probably didn’t help. You Christians are an amusing lot, getting all upset over natural bodily functions.

     
    • Valerie Dawber Cloud

      August 18, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      Agreed.

       
    • June Trieb

      August 19, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      Yeah, we probably wouldn’t want to see a graphic photo of someone going to the bathroom, or vomiting, either. Some things are better left private. (Don’t play the “Prudes” card either. That is such a weary comment.)

       
  224. KuchenGlazier

    August 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you for taking a stand on behalf of all us very frustrated parents of this day in age. I happen to be a believer, but I think most of my “non” Christian friends/parents would feel exactly the same that we do. It’s total insanity that this should become what we expect from the TV. Frankly it’s just sad and makes me feel that the creative level of this generation is total crap. Come on writers, directors, actors…can’t you do better than that?

     
  225. michael

    August 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Continue to fight this fight. As a child psychologist, I see firsthand the effects of this programming on children. People can call us prudes, tell us to get over it, that it doesn’t affect children and all sorts of rubbish, but they are misinformed. GMA in general is a wasteland, along with tv in general which is way too violent, sexual and ignorant.

     
    • Jennifer

      August 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      Something tells me your not a child psychologist…

       
  226. Peggi

    August 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Rebecca, I want to thank you and to let you know that I support what you are doing. I agree wholeheartedly with your stand. I’ll keep an eye on your blog and join in on anything that spins off from this.

     
  227. Heidi

    August 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Everybody has an opinion- (how many comments now?) Do what you do to make GOD smile and to protect children. Well done and this post inspired me to send a message to ABC. It’s one thing to say “just don’t watch television”-but what about all of the kids that do and will anyway?? Thanks for taking a stand and doing something to protect not just your own kids, but others’ as well.

     
    • Heidi

      August 18, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      ps: If someone doesn’t believe in the power of visual images affecting kids-they need to read up a bit more or talk to more honest people. Christian or not. I have a 27 year old friend who can still remember seeing a picture he knew was not good at the age of 4-he was at a friend’s house and his friend showed him. Neither mother ever told them it was bad-it stayed with him for over 20 years.

       
  228. Catherine Oversby

    August 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I applaud you for standing up for what you believe. I was SHOCKED when I saw this commercial on the television. When did they start selling Soft Porn in the form of primetime entertainment? I was so shocked I felt like I should go take a shower to wash away the filth from that 10 second segment. This just shows how obsessed the world is with sex, and just how far a company will go for ratings. I wish there was a way we could get a boycott or a petition going around to prevent this from being broadcast into our homes as commercials or shows, as it is getting harder and harder to find good T.V. that’s not all about having sex or showing the sex in the commercials!
    Thank you for having the courage to stand up for your beliefs. This inspires me to keep standing up for mine.

     
  229. Jon Peake

    August 18, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    If that is the worst problem you have, then you don’t have any problems. There are people who are hungry and who don’t know where they are going to sleep tonight. Why don’t you concentrate your energies on helping those people instead of worrying about what is being shown on TV?

     
  230. Jennifer

    August 18, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Um, a few questions…

    Why are you letting your child watch the news? if a commercial showing acts of love bother you what of the war coverage, or globe violence? Also have you talked to your child about it, did they even ask? Finally why not just change the channel, instead of dwelling on it, and complaining on a public forum?

    Raise a child in the dark, they will only know darkness…

     
    • Joy

      August 18, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      Sounds like this woman is raising her child in the light to me . . .

       
  231. Joy

    August 18, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I heard a representative of the organization Morality and Media say that not one FCC indecency violation has been prosecuted since 2009.

    The FCC is also planning to change its indecency standards to allow full-frontal female nudity. http://www.snopes.com/politics/sexuality/fccban.asp If we don’t support this, we as Americans need to speak out against this.

     
  232. Ami

    August 18, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I’m not a Christian.
    Definitely not a prude.

    But I agree with you, this was inappropriate. I am tired of people who should KNOW better forgetting that there is a time and place for everything. As a mom, you should be able to keep your child from viewing things you find inappropriate for him (or her) and no one should castigate you for it.

    The person or people who decided to air that on a morning program, which may be viewed by children (and probably is) should know better.

    I’m surprised at the level of venom and anger in the personal attacks on you.
    I guess being inappropriate isn’t reserved just for television, huh?

    Thanks for writing this post.

     
  233. Dan

    August 18, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Some networks want to retest the boundaries. Some would prefer to have none. But this time of day is not the time or audience for a steamy ad for Betrayal. Oh, Betrayal is about love? No, its about scandal and adultery. I’m no prude mind you, but I didn’t want my kids learning that healthy relationships look like that. Nor did I want them devaluing erotic love as a replacement or precursor for commitment and trust.

     
  234. Joe

    August 18, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Why are you watching GMA with your kid? Have you seen all the violence they show? All the real life war. But sex ( a natural thing in life) that is what you worried about REALLY!!!

     
  235. Wally Schiller, Australia

    August 18, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Congratulations on taking a wonderful stand. We need more people to do the same -and then act to isolate these leeches on society before they suck the life out of it and drive it in the direction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Stand up, everyone!
    We get the same level of rubbish here in Australia – an ad comes up in the morning for Australian pork and it associates the word “pork” with alley cat level of sexual activity. I protested to the Pork Industry body and it fell on deaf ears. Their argument? The ad campaign has been very successful and they intend to continue running it. It appears on our Sunrise morning show, not just once, but at 8:50 am, it comes TWICE within one ad break! How low is that, not to mention moronic?

     
  236. Valerie Dawber Cloud

    August 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    YOU are the sick one for having kids that old in bed with you.

     
    • Maradonna

      August 18, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Typical soccer mom reply :D

       
    • June Trieb

      August 19, 2013 at 2:50 am

      For real, Valerie? There is nothing sick about sharing a bed with children that age!! I have to wonder what kind of weird hangups you have. Have you every shared a tent with your kids, while camping? It’s fun, and there is nothing sexual about it. No difference with sharing a bed with your child. (Of course, there is a cut-off point.)

       
    • Shostakovicz

      August 19, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      Yeah, Valerie, that’s a load of horse hooey. Frankly, I question what your thoughts are that you immediately tacked on a non-existent prurient connotation to the story. How she chooses to parent her children is her choice, and absent direct evidence of some sort of abuse (which I will hasten to point out is not and has not been in evidence), should not be something the public by and large gets a say in.

       
  237. Gillian

    August 18, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    I do agree with everything you wrote (except the necessary sex scenes?) but I also think that the media has gone too far to help. My parents kicked t.v. to the curb when I was a child 30 years ago for the same reason. Now as a mom of five children, we have done the same thing at our house. There is no need for it in our home. If you have t.v. in your home, you will see these types of scenes. You can get your news other ways, t.v. is not necessary, especially if you are trying to shield your little one’s eyes. I encourage you to toss the t.v!

     
  238. Reno Berkeley (@RenoBerkeley)

    August 18, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    And this is not racist at all. Not one bit, nope.

     
  239. Fachruroji

    August 19, 2013 at 4:19 am

    Indonesia you are the best :)

     
  240. McKlintock

    August 19, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Sorry lady, if the “customary way” to start your day is to watch TV, I really don’t have any sympathy for you.

     
  241. shelly56

    August 19, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Repressed much? Really with all the violence on TV that’s OK, but show a little skin in a commercial and whatch people freak! OMG there’s skin and sex! Heaven forbid, oh but blowing someone away that’s perfectly fine, run over people in a video game that’s cool too, no problem there. Really?!! Pull your heads out people and wake up!

     
  242. Jill

    August 19, 2013 at 10:28 am

    First of all I agree with you- commercials frequently have unnecessary gratuitous scenes to get viewers attention. I have 3 children and while we do watch TV the only live TV allowed is PBS kids. Everything else the kids watch must have delay (even Daddy’s baseball games) to fast forward through commercials.
    The issue I take is the implication that in order to have and take a moral stance I must be christian, conservative and republican. I am not religious, I am a fierce defender of equal rights as a liberal and a proud democrat, yet I also feel TV programming is offensive and debase. Most TV commercials only model those traits in ourselves which I am trying to discourage.
    Please keep in mind that all mothers should be banding together against this kind of programming, not just christian conservative mothers.

     
  243. Jay

    August 19, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Lady, you clearly have way too much time on your hands. Must not work I guess. Anyways, you need to quit worrying about TV commercials and inevitable truths your children may learn and QUIT eating sugary garbage as a customary breakfast!! Pastries and cornflakes????

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 20, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      Hi, Jay. Thanks for your comment. Yes, I work. I have owned Glass Road Media and Management for the past eight years and, a couple of years ago, founded (and serve as the co-chair) of SON: Spirit Of Naples. I also write (five novels so far, a new one in the works…if I stop writing replies here and get back to it – ha!) The B.A. and Master’s degrees have come in mighty handy. ;)

      As for what I allow for breakfast – you raise a valid point. Several years ago, I attended a retreat with a bunch of friends. I was shocked to see one of the healthiest women I know eating a brownie and drinking a cup of coffee for breakfast. When she registered the surprise on my face, she explained, “Honey, if you eat the bad stuff first, you burn it off before bed.” Made a lot of sense to me. So, if we’re going to consume sugary foods, we tend to do so at breakfast. And we tend to do it with some protein so we don’t run on empty before lunchtime. Thanks for your concern about my family’s dietary consumption!

       
  244. Sheri Dye

    August 19, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Rebecca, you need to call your Senator. Remember Tipper Gore was able to help put lyrics with a warning into the music media. Happy to sign a petition.
    http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
    I think the UK is doing a good thing with the Internet and pornography. You have to opt in and only after you turn eighteen. Accountability is your choice there. Keep us all posted please.
    Thank you!

     
  245. Natalie

    August 19, 2013 at 11:11 am

    That is appalling and makes me sick and I can’t watch tv with my little children without perverted sleezy commercials like the nair bathing suit ladies on children channels. That and Victoria’s Secret commercials, or creepy zombie shows! What have we become?

     
  246. double standards

    August 19, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I have a simple question:how come ads for violent movies (showing murder; explosions etc) which are aired all of the time on network TV don’t raise this much concern? In fact, violence is much more accepted than nudity in the mainstream culture. To me, the negative impact from violence is is much more harmful to kids than sex.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Hi, double standards. Thanks for your comment. I agree with you that showing graphic violent images to children is also an issue. I try to keep my son’s eyes from those as well. Thankfully, GMA lets us know those kinds of images are coming if they are covering a story of war or fighting (e.g. Egypt situation) so that we can shield any little eyes in the room. My son isn’t allowed to play video games involving graphic violence, either.

      The issue here is that I wasn’t given a warning that graphic sexual content was about to be aired – and, watching the morning news – I had no reasonable expectation to be on guard against it.

      I also am unsure why individuals have raised this as an either/or issue – either we don’t show sex to kids or we don’t show them violence. How about we don’t show them either?

      Also, it disturbs me greatly that several people here have brought up sex and violence as if a child’s capacity to understand both runs on a parallel track. The one has nothing to do with the other. Sex is sex. Violence is violence.

       
      • Shannen Wilde

        August 19, 2013 at 5:42 pm

        Well said Rebeca. I am proud to follow your Blog.

         
  247. Elizabeth K.

    August 19, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Thanks for writing about this, Rebecca. I find the angry comments directed towards you fascinating–you’ve awoken the ire of the intolerant “tolerant”, which can only mean you’re on the track. Our culture seems to become at once more anti-child and more childish; there are people who never want to grow out of adolescence, and want the whole world to be their adolescent playground It’s tiring for everyone else–like being trapped in high school forever. Normal people get that there’s a time and a place for everything, that you ought to be able to watch a morning show without agreeing to watch people have fake sex. But the fact that there are those who find this idea offensive or controversial speaks volumes. God’s blessings on you!

     
  248. Ryan

    August 19, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Rebecca, I agree in general that I dont need those scenes while I watch TV with my kids over breakfast, but I wonder why there isnt anyone else concerned about the scene and the implication following the sex of the gun, trigger being pulled. Our kids arent stupid, they can put the pieces together on the sex part just as easily as they can the implied murder.

    Ultimately, parents get outraged over sex, even though we all do it, and nobody cares about the violence, even though 99% of us dont do it.

    Something for us all to consider.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Hi, Ryan. The reason I didn’t include information in my post about the gun in the original ad is that we didn’t see it. After snapping the pic, I fast-forwarded through the remainder of the ads until GMA was back on.

      That being said, we have taught our son about guns. Our previous home state was one in which (a) hunting was a common source of food and (b) law enforcement was rather far away so home safety typically fell to the homeowner. When our local bank was robbed and I was home alone with two children, for instance, I was very grateful to have a gun in the home and the knowledge of how to use it should that criminal come where my two children were. Our son understands that guns can be used to help or harm. We didn’t need to show him graphic images of bloody bodies to do that, any more than he needed to see graphic sexual imagery to discuss sex (an issue that’s not even on his radar at 8-years-old). We do not allow him to watch shows that glorify gun violence, either.

       
    • Shannen Wilde

      August 19, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Ryan, how can you say that Rebeca is the only person concerned over this commercial? Have you read her Blog? There are way more people siding with her than not. People are cancelling cable, throwing away their t.v’s, and writing to their t.v stations. People are outraged at this incident and it has helped open a dialogue that needs to be reopened about what is appropriate vs. inappropriate. I am grateful to her for bringing this to our attention as I have been growing more and more disgusted with commercials lately.

       
    • Shannen Wilde

      August 19, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Ryan, I also wanted to say that I 100 percent agree with you about violence. The way you put it was poetic. 99 percent of us are having sex, 99 percent of us are not comitting violence. It is definitely something to think about.

       
  249. Etta

    August 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    This is not the first time GMA has caused the ire of parents for morning programming. About 12 years ago, while watching GMA with my kids as they were getting ready for school (3rd and 4th grade?) Elizabeth Vargas covered a story of a teen setting themselves on fire – and showed graphic pictures of the event… this wasn’t advertisement, this was programming content — a choice of running a “news” story. At this time slot, I was appalled. I wrote and complained about this choice for the very same reasons now in discussion – inappropriate for a wide age-range audience. And then we never watched GMA again in the morning. To this day, they’ve lost me as an audience member even though my kids are now grown.

    Rebecca, nicely handled – your kids have great parents.

     
  250. Chatty Cathy

    August 19, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I am not even a Christian, or even that religious at all, and test out as a libertarian, in fact, and that kind of stuff bothers me too, the coarsening of our media “commons” in general. Sign of the times, I guess, because Elvis shocked enough bluehairs in his own time, but I personally boycott most of ABC, NBC, mainstream media etc. (even a lot of cable shows) and look for quality books, websites, TV shows, indie movies, etc. that can stand on their own without having to lean on gore, cursing, sex, screaming, bug-eyed manic behavior, horror and violence to attract those jaded viewers who seem to have “seen it all” and need to witness more taboo-breaking to hold their interest. These latter are immature people who can’t be stimulated by the “normal”. It’s like all the men who can’t get off with real women anymore.

     
  251. Sy23

    August 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    For heaven’s sake, are you really that backward that you can’t tolerate your precious little treasure seeing the sexual act? I pity your poor 8 year old having to grow up and function in the modern world with a parent like you.

    btw I notice you rewound it and took a screenshot.

     
    • June Trieb

      August 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Sy33–Children are precious, and are treasures. Sad for you that you don’t realize that. There will (sadly) be plenty of opportunities for them to see images. Let them be children! Oh, and in case that you might suggest that I am naive, “backward”, or prudish–far from it. I do know, from first-hand experience, the nightmare of being exposed to pornography at a young age!

      Rebeca–you have my total support, and complete respect!!

       
  252. Rockwood Mom

    August 19, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Rebeca, thank you for being willing to take a stand and call this what it is: PORNOGRAPHY being aired in the middle of the morning! We all have a right to be able to watch a morning news program (it should not matter if they are liberal, conservative, right or left wing…no network should be airing porn, especially at the time this was shown! For those that want to watch something like this, as you said, they need to knowledgeably and purposefully tune their TV to such a channel…not unsuspectingly stumble upon it at 8am!) with your children and expect that they would NOT be exposed to such graphic and inappropriate images. I know you’ve received a lot of criticism from so many, so I wanted to write to say THANK YOU for standing up for decency and attempting to hold the TV networks accountable for inappropriate content. You are a great mom. So encouraging to hear that you are willing to discuss the tough topics (war, wildfires, relationships) with your young children without exposing them to images that will confuse them and cause harm now and later in life as they mature.

     
  253. Another Naples Parent

    August 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Wow, I’m stunned at how supposedly “liberals” commenting here are so cruel! I apologize for their rudeness, Rebecca.

     
    • Shannen Wilde

      August 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      I agree with you. They have no problem telling us to turn off the t.v. if we don’t like it, so why don’t they follow their own advise and not read her Blog?

       
    • Shostakovicz

      August 19, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      For the record, I as a liberal, feel that I have been polite, respectful and moderate in my disagreement with Mrs. Seitz’s points. Not all people of a liberal bent are flaming anti-theists, bent on eradicating all religion. Some of us just believe differently from you, and we’re quite capable of expressing our beliefs and opinions without ad hominem attacks.

       
    • Neil Cowan

      August 23, 2013 at 1:44 am

      You have no right – and have not been deputed – to apologise for other people. You have your opinion and they have theirs. You can disagree with them but you cannot apologise for them.

       
  254. lynnlee22

    August 19, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Is the promo risqué? Sure. Is it appropriate for an eight-year-old? Of course not. Is GMA appropriate? Well, recent headlines include a Perez Hilton’s twitter feud, another all-too-real kidnapping story, and murder trials. This is, unfortunately, indicative of the world we live in. Children can’t be kept away from everything that isn’t pure and good. Instead of rushing to blame ABC, perhaps these moments can be viewed as opportunities to discuss these issues with our children.

    We live in a world that is changing–instead of fighting so hard against the change, maybe we should change ourselves and our approach. God doesn’t need the FCC, ABC, or large groups of offended people to show His power. He needs us to show His love in the midst of it. I firmly believe there is no commercial, tv show, song, or video game that will ever have a greater influence than a firm family foundation. We must teach our children how to deal with the world through faith and conviction instead of shielding them from it.

     
    • June Trieb

      August 19, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      lynee22–There is a time and a place to use these as opportunities for discussions with our children. Picture young children that have been exposed to pornographic websites by an older “friend” or step-brother/sister. Can you honestly say that we, as parents, should not be trying to shield them from this?! I am sorry, but I find your last statement ludicrous. One of our jobs as parents SHOULD be shielding our children from this world. There will be plenty of things that we cannot shield them from, but I will do my darndest to shield them from what I can. I homeschooled my kids (until 9th and 6th grade, respectively, for my son and daughter), and have always tried to be careful about what they watched and listened to. Can I shield my kids forever? Of course not. This summer, they were traveling with trusted friends, and the movie playing in the car was an R-rated one (which I happen to abhor). Was I happy about that? Not really. Room for discussion, for sure, but truly–I would have preferred that my kids, especially my13 year-old daughter, would not have been put in that situation.

      My son had a party in our home a few weeks ago, with his friends. They were planning on watching Robot Cop, until I vetoed their plan. Was I shielding them, or guiding them into making a better choice? Either way, they ended up settling on Psycho (still a thriller, but tame by comparison), and everybody had a great time.

       
      • lynnlee22

        August 19, 2013 at 10:01 pm

        June–Showing a child a pornographic website is a bit of a leap from a flash of two semi-nude actors on a television screen. Do I believe parents should protect their children….of course, but this is, in my opinion, going a bit too far. I do not believe it is the responsibility of a network to censor their advertisements in order to make a entertainment program kid-friendly. If the promo was airing in the middle of Sesame Street–you’ve got reason to believe it will be kid-friendly. This is GMA. It’s not marketed as a children’s show.

        I’m not saying that parents shouldn’t monitor their children’s viewing/listening habits, but I don’t believe a child will be harmed by seeing a promo.

         
    • June Trieb

      August 19, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      lynee22–I appreciate and understand what you are saying. I realize that a pornographic website is a big leap, but I was making a point in response to your last statement (“how to deal with the world through faith and conviction instead of shielding them from it”).Young children lack the maturity and conviction to make appropriate choices. Sure, it was only a 5 second view of a sexual pose (not just nudity–I have little problem with my kids seeing a nude image, if it’s not sexual in nature), but you add those 5 seconds, with all of the other 5 seconds that they are constantly bombarded with, and it adds up to a full length pornographic video. It is everywhere. Every little snippet leaves a mark. Just for clarification–I am speaking from personal experience. Pornography, at every level, hurts.

      I’m glad that Believers can discuss opposing views openly, and without rancor. :)

       
      • Shostakovicz

        August 20, 2013 at 12:05 am

        June, I agree that young children lack the experience and maturity to make good decisions. Let me tell you a brief story. When I was younger, my daughters would occasionally go and visit with my family. One particular family member would compliment me on how well behaved my children were. At the same time, this same family member would openly criticize me for how strict I was with them. At one point, I said, “Just how do you think they got to be so well behaved? They weren’t born like that.”

        No, they’re not born with experience and maturity, but through situations like these, we teach them. They attain maturity over time, with us guiding them. If all we do is shield them from everything, that’s not guidance, that’s wrapping them in cotton and protecting them. I took the time to explain things to my kids when they asked. I watched them and when I saw them dealing with something beyond their maturity, I stepped in and helped them understand it better.

        The idea that all the little minor bits of sexuality seen over a lifetime add up to a full length pornographic video, however, seems to me a bit much. Yes, deliberately showing a child that age pornography would definitely be a bad thing. But you can’t equate tiny snippets of stuff that they will most likely forget in short order with that.

         
  255. giuliana sani

    August 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    i appreciate this post very very much,we have the duty to openly say what’s wrong whithin the society we are living in and we don’t have to conform to the mentality of this world!

     
  256. Chrisi E

    August 19, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing….thank you Rebeca!

     
    • Neil Cowan

      August 23, 2013 at 1:30 am

      Good men should be doing something about important things, not this nonsense. Stand up for Bradley Manning or Ed Snowden or for your own rights to privacy or something that actually matters. Not this twaddle. Fools.

       
  257. Lisa Fleming

    August 19, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Thank you, Rebeca, for using your voice. There is power in numbers, and number of voices. We all need to be heard. They push the envelope every day, to see what they can get away with. They got caught, this time. Enough is enough. And everyone wonders why there are so many problems in homes, and schools…there is no supervision, or morals or values….sadly.

     
  258. Adam Steiger

    August 19, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    John 14:6

    Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

    This is my testimony to absolutely everyone who comes across this post that THESE WORDS ARE TRUE. Specifically, up until your last living moment ETERNAL SALVATION IS FREELY OFFERED to you through JESUS CHRIST.

    No matter the sin; no matter the number of them, a sincere prayer (calling) to the Lord is all it takes. Eternal life…peace…joy & harmony.

    Emphatically, I plead on behalf of the Lord Jesus Christ that this is seriously considered. Heaven would not be much of a desire without the reality of a hell; a place where the spiritually dead reside, a place of eternal separation and torment. I’m not taking pleasure in typing this–but THE MESSAGE MUST BE SENT.

    Thank you for your time. I hope to eventually see us all there in Paradise.

    Revelation 3:20

    Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

     
    • Neil Cowan

      August 23, 2013 at 1:31 am

      This just proves you are a numbskull, Adam, leave other people alone.

       
  259. Deb

    August 20, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Excellent post. It’s difficult teaching our kids their true value when we are surrounded by these images and messages on TV, at the mall, in magazine ads, even in a tourist booklet for Orlando for goodness sake! It’s so important for us as parents to keep our eyes open and be weary even in the most seemingly benign places, and to teach our children to do the same.
    Keep up the good fight!

     
  260. Red Pill Report

    August 20, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Keep up the fight! The degradation of the moral fabric of our society is happening because good, moral people don’t want to “make a stink” and become the targets of ridicule by those without any standards. That’s what they are counting on…that we will be bullied into submission. These are the battles we must fight, and thank you, Rebeca, for standing on the front line and taking the battle to them!

     
  261. Jackie

    August 20, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Well Done, Rebeca!!!!

     
  262. Garry Holbrook

    August 20, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I noticed this commercial Sunday evening and had the same thought. The scene was brief but enough to catch someone’s attention especially a child or teenager. I thought to myself, “Did I juste see a full pornographic scene?” i did not see the scene again and no one esle was in the room however i decided I would not watch the movie the scene was advertising. Holywood appears to be declining in morality and the federal law regarding pornography states the scene has to watch to people having sexual intercourse, this was close, but I doubt our legislative branch will tackle the problem.

     
  263. mark

    August 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Thank you!

     
  264. Kent

    August 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    when will TV and Hollywood start to care more about their viewers than they do about their art? Why can’t they produce G or PG versions of their shows so we can live in the reality we have created in our homes? The best shows I’ve seen lately come on MeTV. All from many years past…

     
  265. Joe

    August 20, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Rebeca, you have avalid point and are a very good mom. My family has the same Christian values and concerns as you. We dont like the way this world is turning to sex and thiking it’s ok to have it plastered and used the way it does. I liked the way you responded to “Sam” and i know he doesnt see it the way we (Christians) do. It’s the lack of values that make up the Sams out there. I know my daughter will have a great childhood regardless of how controling we are with her upbringing. We pick our battles, and they are worth every bit of it. I hope your fight revails and you get more people like us fighting with you. Keep up the good work and never give up what’s worth fighting for.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 20, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      Thanks, Joe!

       
  266. Branden

    August 20, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Way to take a stand against this junk. Please post numbers to the FCC and others we should call on your blog. I don’t beleive in just sitting by on this stuff. Thanks

     
  267. Marissa

    August 20, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Why is it when someone disagrees with what is accepted people feel like tht person should “get used” to what they see? She can say what she wants. It doesn’t mean she is bored. Clearly that ad was looked over by the FCC. You should be warned by what you are watching; before you get a flash of sex. That’s why movies have ratings.

     
  268. Lisa

    August 20, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Thank you for standing up to this and helping bring good back to our world. Media is an amazing and wonderful force in our world and I don’t think trashy media should win. Media should uplift and inspire. I appreciate your strength to let your voice be heard.

     
  269. Mom of 5

    August 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Amen! Amen! Amen! I love TV and its sad that I have to poke around my channels scared at what I or my children will see…..and I’m 36 years old! I cannot believe that THAT commercial aired at THAT time during THAT show. You are wonderful! Thank you so much for standing up for what you KNOW to be right!

     
  270. Cali

    August 20, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I am so glad you are making a stand to this! Should not be tolerated although I don’t think we are going to be able to control what goes on TV simply because not enough people have high enough morals. My advice would be just don’t watch TV or fast forward commercials with your remote. You can control what goes on your home, just don’t watch TV. If you are as busy as you claim then you should not be wasting your time watching TV in the first place.

     
  271. Brittany Carter

    August 20, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I completely agree with you. This is getting to be ridiculous. I have a little girl myself and I sure as heck don’t want her viewing those inappropriate images. Even in movies and tv shows, they show whatever they want and I wouldn’t even want my husband watching them, let alone my daughter. Something has to be done about it. It is disgusting that people have to add those scenes in movies and shows just to make them “interesting” to watch to all of these disgusting and perverted people.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 20, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Hi, Brittany. Thanks for your comment. It is frustrating to me – as a storyteller and manager of storytellers – when writers, actors, and production personnel throw in sex scenes to supplement for good story. It’s lazy writing. Kind of like dropping the f bomb every five minutes. Lazy, lazy writing. We can and should do better.

       
      • Jim Judy (@screenit)

        August 21, 2013 at 8:50 am

        Hi Rebecca. As a person who reviews movies for parents (and a long-time aspiring screenwriter), I couldn’t agree more about bad content being used in place of creativity. That’s why I started the Take 3 Movie Initiative (https://www.facebook.com/Take3MovieInitiative) to get Hollywood to make more quality films everyone can watch.

         
  272. James Ocean

    August 20, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Hi Rebecca, I agree that this should not have been on tv at 8am. I suggest anyone who is upset contact the network since they run both shows (gma and betrayal).

    But here is the thing Rebecca, what show was it that you were watching with the kids? was it Tom and Jerry? or any other kids programming? or was it a morning show that pretty much is a tv version of a tabloid magazine? I dont watch the show regularly, but the few times that i have seen it, they have been talking about sex, and showing pictures of kim kardashians behind during the show.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Hi, James. Thanks for your comment. Yes, GMA (and Headline News, CBS Early Morning, Fox & Friends, all of ‘em) occasionally cover stories that I do not show my children. That is rare and it comes with lots of warning (teasers), so I can pause, fast forward, and move along with the news that I do want to discuss with the kids. It does not come with graphic content. The issue here is that the ad came with no warning at all and I should not have to be on guard for sexually explicit and graphic content at 8:26am during the morning news. Viewers of all ages watch the morning news. It airs during “safe harbor” hours. The viewer is reasonable to expect that non-explicit content is all that will be included during safe harbor hours.

       
  273. brenda

    August 20, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Thank you for taking a stand against pornography on daytime television. I posted a message on
    the ABC website of my outrage.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 20, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Thanks for that, Brenda!

       
  274. Christina

    August 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t see any genitals or ‘private parts’ exposed in that image, however “risque” it may be. Those bodies are showing just a bit more than you would see any day at a lake, pool or water park. You appear to have two boys, do they have to wear a shirt with swimming trunks? Are they allowed to be in public around women in bikinis or men in speedos?

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 20, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Hi, Christina. Thanks for your comment. I have a son and a daughter. My son does wear a swim shirt with his trunks, yes. My daughter wears a one-piece. Bikinis are not allowed. I teach them that their bodes are precious and valuable and should not be put on display for just anyone to see.

      No, they have not been around a lot of individuals in skimpy bikinis or speedos. We live in a beach town, but I’m grateful that the majority of people here hold to some modesty.

      That being said, there is a vast difference between a woman wearing a bikini and a completely nude woman underneath a completely nude man, simulating sex while a voiceover glorifies the fact that she’s cheating on her husband.

       
    • Joe

      August 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      First !! why is sex so bad? It is something that everyone on this page has done. I agree that kids should not be seeing it at an early age but this was a 16 sec ad for a TV show. I am sure that these kids didn’t even think anything about it until their Mother made a big deal out of it. There are so many things wrong with this world and sex on a 16 sec TV ad is what we are talking about REALLY??? If kids are shown that sex is a natural part of life there would be less teens so interested in it. KILLING,GUNS, UNSTABLE KIDS AND WAR is what we should be talking about.

       
  275. joe schmoe

    August 20, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    wow, you need to get over it, I don’t see any thing ‘private’ in the photo.. but I guess some of us do not see the human body as evil…

     
  276. Summer

    August 20, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Rebeca, I just found your post through a blog I read–A Holy Experience. I am so sorry to read all of the negative comments here. I just want you to know that there are plenty of people who completely support what you have to say. I’m also impressed that you’ve taken the time to respond to so many comments.
    Many people fail to realize that there is a progression of evil–that the most heinous acts were conceived from small compromises, which led to the birth of big compromises, which, when fully grown, turned into the world’s greatest atrocities. So I disagree with people who think you’re making too big a deal of this.
    On a separate point, I’m praying for your son and fully believe that God can bring about good even from something as awful as him seeing this scene at such a young age. Don’t lose hope!

     
  277. Deena Endersby Dobinson

    August 20, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Hi Rebecca, I want to send you my support! I am grateful that there are people like yourself who are willing to stand up for the welfare of our children. It is totally NOT okay, or necessary, to air such images during, what should be, family viewing time. Our children are being forced to grow up too quickly ….. they should be allowed to enjoy their innocence when young and not have it destroyed like that with adult concepts that are confronting and confusing to them to deal with.

     
  278. roobah (@roobah)

    August 20, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Contact: abc.com, click on ‘contact us’ for a simple contact form to express your opinion.

     
  279. Melissa

    August 20, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    I for one am sick of people saying “get used to it..there’s or nothing we can do” NO..we DO NOT have to GET USED TO IT. We have every right to say what we want and don’t want. And for those of us that DONT want this kind of “supply”…lets minimize the demand. .we will forever raise our voice and do whats necessary to stop it. For starters…UNPLUG…I simply choose to spend my time doing other things than turning on the TV. Just watch movies…read…clean your house….pick up a hobby or play a game with them. Most kids want our attention anyway…not the TV. So to me its simple…lets just turn it off for a while out of pure curiosity to see what happens:) Wouldn’t it be great if we just all decided to unplug for 1 full month…no commercial adds thrown in our face…no depressing news to watch….no unrealistic shows making us feel less important in life. Lets see what WE can do and be without it. What could we all accomplish with that precious time in our hands. I think it would be cool for once to be in control…not a “network”.. wouldn’t you?

     
  280. Connie

    August 21, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Thank you for speaking out about this. I agree with you!

     
  281. Cari

    August 21, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Whoa. I read your article with interest but then I came to your blog and saw the “graphic image” you warned about. UNREAL what we have allowed to go on. Thank you for standing up to this and not just canceling your cable as I have. A lesson learned for me.

     
  282. TLL

    August 21, 2013 at 10:55 am

    First, I am going to say that your definition of “we” leaves a lot to be desired. It’s not just “Jesus-following folks” who still have some sense of values, manners and decorum. Now, having said that, I do agree a morning drive-time spot was not the best choice of spots for the ad – but it’s a very lucrative one. Which is why the marketing department of “Betrayed” shelled out the extra bucks for it. We got rid of our satellite service for budget reasons, but I still have my Netflix account and it streams on my television – which is wonderful. Suddenly my kids have access to shows that are long-gone, but that I’d much rather have them watching. “Mission:Impossible” (that’s PRE-Tom Cruise), “Emergency!”, “Knight Rider,” “Sherlock Holmes” (1985 series), and so on. No ads, and I can get my headlines on the internet when I have a chance to do so without my kids present. Should we speak up? Certainly. But are we still going to have situations arise, whether from a television program, internet sidebar, or billboard on the freeway, that we have to explain to our children (and an 8-year-old really doesn’t need anything more than “that’s how mommies and daddies show each other they love each other, but it really shouldn’t be on the TV first thing in the morning.”)? Undoubtedly, yes. It has become a common part of life.

     
  283. Sharon

    August 21, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    That is absolutely the most appalling thing I have heard lately. And that what this world has come to. No morals at all , they take sex as just a casual encounter and use it for entertainment. I don’t think that there is a reason for sex scenes in TV or the movies, that’s why so many men, women and young people don’t take marriage seriously. People having affairs are the norm now. You can still tell a great story without the sex scenes. I guess imagination for storytelling is gone out the window. Just use sex it sells. Sad, so sad.

     
  284. Ron

    August 23, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Ms Seitz,
    Thank you for taking a stand for personal decency and expecting the networks (not just ABC) to abide by the standards that the FCC are supposed to govern.

    Also, contrary to what some commenting here would like to convince you to believe, there ARE people in America who believe that while sex of itself is not a bad word, the time and place for where its appropriate is NOT during your breakfast time with your small children.

     
  285. Catherine

    August 24, 2013 at 5:39 am

    I’m not going to scroll through nearly 600 comments to find out if someone has already said this. But really, as an Australian who has seen Good Morning America as well as the Australian morning TV shows that are modelled on it (and I don’t watch morning TV, because it’s crap), I think you’re overlooking something. When GMA segues into it’s news segments, your son can eat his cereal while contemplating scenes of terrorism, stories about shootings and any number of other spectacles that are inappropriate for young children to view. It’s a bit rich to be pious about a sex scene during a commercial break, when outside of the commercial breaks your kid is watching all sorts of other things that are worse.

    Food for thought.

     
    • Joe

      August 24, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Catherine, I could not have said it better myself. You are so right.

       
    • Mark

      August 25, 2013 at 1:21 am

      I could not agree more, Catherine! This sort of irrationality is typical, though, of religious zealots who think that they stand on higher moral ground than everyone else. They make up their own rules that defy logic on the basis of “faith” and then expect everyone else to go by them … build castles in the air and expect everyone else to live in them …

       
  286. Neil Cowan

    August 24, 2013 at 7:15 am

    what a ridiculous storm in a teacup! Turn off the telly, stop feeding your boy pastry for breakfast and give him something to play with. Problem solved.
    ps the image you posted is not ‘graphic’. You are a prude. Sorry, but really Rebeca, GET A LIFE!!
    pps I see the ‘moderation’ process for your blog censors anything remotely critical of you and your silliness, so really this is just an ego-stroke for you – to air the views of other people who agree with you. – I have no doubt this one will go the same way, but at least you will read it first.

    Regards, Neil

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 24, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Neil, this is a place for rational discussion. The only comments that get moderated are those containing profanity and personal attacks against other readers. You are free to disagree with anything said here as long as it is done in a manner respectful of others.

       
  287. janemacdonald

    August 24, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    wow – I am sure that when you wrote this blog, you did not expect it to go viral and get so much attention, views and comments for and against. I feel for you as you sort through all of this and take the criticsms of those who disagree with you. This is your blog, a place for you to write your view points. I wish for you that some people would realize that and show a little respect. You are a brave woman and I admire you. Keep standing up for what you believe in. Well done!!

     
  288. Mark

    August 25, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Oh, get over yourself, Rebeca, and stop being so precious/phobic. Why don’t you rechannel some of this time and energy you spend complaining about the deterioration of this world into teaching your kids to navigate what is out there and deal with what they will inevitably encounter, instead of placing them in a bub … oh, I won’t even bother wasting my time. How you raise your offspring is your business, but please don’t try to impose your opinions and beliefs on other viewers. If you don’t like what is being shown on TV then change the channel, cancel your cable subscription, or better still, pack your bags and move to the Middle East where you won’t ever have to worry for a second about any skin being shown.

     
  289. Ellen Brouwer

    August 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I think we have the right to expect to see content that is appropriate for all ages on tv. We also have the right to try to make a difference. We can contact the advertising departments of the products shown on offensive shows or commercials and tell them we don’t want to see this on television, especially not during primetime. If they hear from enough people they might make different choices.

     
  290. Angela Bartlett

    September 8, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    This is totally inapropriate for anytime of day! Since when is totally nudity not considered x-rated and innapropriate for prime-time TV, let alone morning TV?

     
    • Chris Cole

      September 12, 2013 at 9:49 am

      Some might suggest that displaying your lack of ability to spell, and construct grammatically correct English prose, in a public forum is perhaps more inappropriate than the images that seem to have upset you in the first place.

       
  291. Chris Cole

    September 12, 2013 at 9:45 am

    I just wanted to say thank you for providing such great entertainment for the rest of us who aren’t afflicted by religion, uber-conservatism or wowserism to the mindboggling extent that you so clearly are.

    Your misguided and hilarious tirade brightened my day.

    Thank you. :-)

     
  292. Debbie Lee

    September 15, 2013 at 9:23 am

    I have been against this kind of stuff for years. Although Law & Order SVU talks about the most vile, shocking sex acts there is, & during day time television. But this was unexpected. I just fear kids will turn on SVU while parents are not around. But SVU is expected to have such scenes, but during Good Morning America, no it isn’t!!!! WOW, we need to bombard the network with displeasing letters/emails!!!

     
  293. Debbie Lee

    September 15, 2013 at 9:49 am

    @Chris Chole, I don’t fit in to any catagory named above. I am as liberal as they come. But I am a mother who cares about her children & other children, their emotional state, their choices etc and it is our duty as caring, responsible adults to protect. This kind of stuff breeds teenage pregnancy, and such. Makes children callous to what true love is. True loving sex that is expressed in a real relationship. Not some cheap fleshy affair. All Hellywood cares about is ratings and the all mighty dollar. So it is up to us as parents & adults to be watchful and protect the children…..

     
    • Astra

      September 17, 2013 at 2:29 am

      @Debbie Lee, as a ‘mother who cares’, how about you do your ‘duty as caring, responsible adults’ and learn how to lockout non-kids channels using your TVs parental controls. That way you can sterilize your kids TV environment while leaving the rest of normal society alone.

       
      • rgcope

        September 17, 2013 at 4:39 am

        Tsk tsk Astra.

         
  294. Kristine Rothbury

    September 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Two people in a loving position. Amercia has such terrible gun laws and eight year olds take guns out on the street and this woman is going on about two people kissing, they are kissing not killing shooting whipping touturing they are kissing. I bet in your drawer you have a gun, I bet in your garage you have a gun. I bet this family goes hunting with guns. Loving leading to maybe creating a life is what we are here for. Try to concentrate on keeping life going. Tell your boy about creation. what do you tell your boy about wars, killing, guns and people hating and the war in whatever country how are you explaining that. Do you see those children suffering, do you see those bodies lying in the street, they all come on no matter what time of the day

     
    • rgcope

      September 16, 2013 at 12:06 am

      Kristine…good on ya.

      You have gone to matters of essence. Yes, so a devoted couple kiss and are not clothed and, yes, this is an opportunity to raise other important questions abour the culture of guns and racial hate crimes … yes, and an opportunity to started educating/sensitizing youth to the deeply satisfying so natural affection between lovers who share more than kiss. Good on ya.

       
  295. Astra

    September 17, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Q: Why wasn’t your TV locked onto a KIDS channel for the kid to watch TV safely ??? I see that by failing to do that, you have exposed him to normal adult viewing. How about you learn how to use a parental control and stop trying to sterilize our world to suit your view of how your kid should be raised.

     
    • ibjoy

      September 17, 2013 at 10:27 am

      This was a early morning news show. This is NOT something anyone expects on early morning TV

       
  296. Vanessa

    September 22, 2013 at 3:36 am

    Great article. I’m dealing with many of these issues as well..

     
  297. Eric

    September 27, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I find that commercial gratuitous, unnecessary and borderline offensive. The problem for me is, however, that there seems to be much more cultural acceptance of violence in TV programming and in TV commercials than of something truly less harmful – PG-13 sex. Is this really worse than seeing machine guns mow down a field of bad guys in a video game commercial, or of a dead body lying in a pool of blood in a CSI commercial, or seeing a UFC/MMA commercial with guys bashing each others heads in? It’s not nearly as bad, harmful or objectionable. I just wish there were more activists like you taking issue with guns, violence, terror on TV instead of a little provocative flesh.

     
  298. Rebecca

    September 29, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Thank you for speaking up! I’ve not read all the other comments, but I did just see an interview you did and found your blog post. This Sunday morning while cooking breakfast before church and listening to a Christian Pandora station, I got an earful of lust and forbidden desire with a “Betrayal” commercial. Talk about an inappropriate interruption. I don’t want hear that while listening to Chris Tomlin. I appreciate you drawing attention to this issue and agree with you. Keep up the good fight!

     
  299. adolfo

    September 30, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Let me get it right; the gun violence is okay, but the adultery is not?

    Too many comments to read, but Robert M. speaks the truth.

     
  300. Wendy

    October 22, 2013 at 12:55 am

    I would have gone nuts to see porn while my kid is around especially after just waking up! That’s nightmare for a child!

     
  301. Mark Cochran

    November 3, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Hi, Rebecca,

    I’m encouraged that you are motivated to help provide worthy films and TV programming. I share your zeal. As a producer of film and video projects, I wanted to let you know about our current project. We start shooting next week a Pro-Life dramatic short film, First Do No Harm. Please take a look at our site and, if you feel lead, help us promote this project.

    Thanks much,

    Mark Cochran

    http://www.FDNHfilm.com

     
  302. james

    February 6, 2014 at 2:13 pm

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  303. Joe

    February 9, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Am I the only person left on the planet that does not have this inane ideal that these things will harm children, i mean in the middle ages people would let their very young children attend public executions. Children of all age could very easily see a head fall into a basket, and then the freshly dead mans boots stolen. Yet the human race is still here, some how above all odds we survived.

     
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