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Update to Morning Sex Ad

11 Aug

I went to church this morning with a whirlwind swirling inside. My husband – still on his business trip – is as calm and stabilizing a force to my frenetic pace as the magnetic pointer in a shaken compass.

So, when my quiet little blog here had well over 40,000 people stop by for a read about the soft porn ad that played during Good Morning America last week – burning an image into my son’s 8-year-old brain that will never go away – I really, really wanted my husband home. To talk. To think out loud. To process and react. Pretty sure we’ve used up the minutes on our cell plan at this point. (And thanks, Apple, for the wonder of FaceTime!)

CommentersI’ve read the vast majority of comments y’all left on the blog, my FB, Todd Starnes’ FB, Joe Pags’ Twitter, and on other FB and Twitter feeds. Thanks to everyone who echoed the outrage and offered encouragement and empathy. Reading your words planted my feet even more firmly in this particular piece of ground.

There are entirely too many of us to just let this roll.

In the aftermath, a few things have happened:

  • I filed an official complaint with the FCC (and learned how backed up they are in handling complaints)
  • I talked with the General Manager of my local ABC affiliate, WZVN
  • The GM confirmed the ad aired 8:26-8:27AM EST
  • Another individual checked his feed in Reston, Virginia and confirmed it aired in that timeslot in his market, too
  • The GM believes – and the presence of the ad in the Virginia market indicates – that this ad aired from the national feed provided by ABC
  • This means that the soft porn ad was not just seen in my local SW FL market, but all across the nation

I’m grappling with the next best step and wondering, “Why was that scene SHOT in the first place?” Yes, it’s for a primetime show and, yes, primetime and premium channel standards are bottom of the barrel when it comes to including sex and violence – but full on, both partners naked, sex? On a major network like ABC (not a premium channel like HBO)?

Why are we all just turning it off instead of demanding THEY knock it off?

I was floored by how many commenters said they got rid of their TV, canceled their subscription, etc. With all due respect – WHAT? Television is one of – if not the – most powerful, effective forms of media for transmitting our beliefs, our cultural norms, what we deem entertaining and encouraging as a society. I’m trying desperately to understand the merits of just removing ourselves from it. Of disengaging completely. When we do that, we cede the territory…and it becomes what it has become, which is what our children inherit.

If we don’t engage, what changes?

After the past few days of this, I’m pretty tired. Some of those comments were downright mean. And, the clients at Glass Road still need their work done and our efforts at SON are ongoing to equip and encourage creators of television, films, and books and did I mention we just moved and I’m still battling back the boxes? The To Do list right now, frankly, freaks me out. Y’all probably have a ton going on, too.

But we can’t let this go. We can’t relegate it to the bin of, “stuff we can’t do anything about” and move on like it didn’t happen, can we? 

How do we justify seeing evil and walking away?

 
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239 responses to “Update to Morning Sex Ad

  1. Tom

    August 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Rebecca,
    I think there is only one language folks like ABC understand and that is $€£$€£ and the money is generated by ratings. If enough people also believe that images such as these are toxic to our children, then everyone needs to block ABCon their tv for a period of time and they need to post about it on social media.

    The images one can see during the rest of the day are not quite so graphic, but are equally offensive. There are no longer any limits on aired violence.
    Tom

     
    • Linda

      August 11, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      I’m with you on that, Tom.

       
    • steve motzkus

      August 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      the name of the movie should have been enough to warn you. the only way to stop it is not to partake. If the world stopped partaking hollywood would have to change. Not gonna happen. Don’t partake anymore. Way to raise hell with them!

       
    • Rich Theriault

      August 13, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      Tom,

      I agree that affecting their wallets is the only way to affect change. The biggest pressue point in this regard is the money from advertising. The biggest advertising is in live sports. That is why I started mytvchoice. We have a product that avoids the commercials while watching live tv. During the commercials you can choose to go to an alternate safe channel instead. Give the power back to the parents – where it belongs. If you are interested you can find out more by viewing the videos on our about and home pages at http://www.mytvchoice.com.

      Rich

       
    • Cyndi

      August 18, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      How ironic this is seeing ABC is owned by DISNEY…Thank you Rebecca for standing up to our crazy media world we are subjected to…

       
    • Eric

      August 19, 2013 at 5:30 am

      it is about what the people want and what the people like. There is nothing wrong with tv violence. We wouldnt have many of the famous and well loved movies if we couldnt have violence. As for sex who carer. You don’t hear anyone bmw (b*** moan and whine) about advertisements that have women in bras or bikinis. It is what they paid for so too bad. There is nothing wrong with it. What is wrong is with you uptight people who have to make a big deal out of everything and on such unimportant matters rather than worrying about more important stuff

       
      • Tim

        August 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm

        Eric, let me speak the truth. You have been deceived and blinded by the adversary, not only into believing that there is nothing wrong with portraying violence and sex but also into believing that there is no adversary, that is how he works. One day you will realize and see the role that you and many others like you have played in the downfall of our society. Please seek out you maker, you will find the truth.

         
  2. Kristine McGuire

    August 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Rebeca, I applaud you for taking this on. Too many people are looking the other way as the boundaries of decency are pushed in television, films, and books considered suitable for “mainstream” audiences.

    The fact of the matter is, this bit of explicit nudity (and the full scene which is presumably part of the television episode being promoted) to which you were unwillingly subjected is part and parcel of an important issue which must be addressed. I’ve mentioned it before in my previous comment. The correlation between pornography (all forms) and the sex trade/sex trafficking industries is undisputed. Television and film media are (as you have stated) powerful tools with which people and culture are influenced. We’ve been seeing the results of this social conditioning for years.

    When sex is cheapened, and television programs/movies offer scenes which do little more than promote flesh shots, they are pushing those who are titillated by these images to seek ever more graphic images. What they find (especially on the internet) progressively dehumanizes people (women in particular) until this is what sex becomes for the viewer. This is no different for those who read erotic novels. The more you get into it, the more drawn to descriptions of sex acts which degrade and demean. It’s a vicious cycle which causes great harm. So you go girl. You have my full support!

     
    • Linda

      August 11, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      Kristine, you are so right on! May I quote you on my blog or facebook? On Thursday I am doing my blog on Rebeca’s first post (with her permission). And do you have a blog of your own? To check mine out go to :lindarodante.wordpress.com.

       
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 11, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      Thank you so much, Kristine. I’ve been perhaps too focused on working with artists in creating books, films, and TV shows — I think I lost sight a bit of why it’s so important that we CREATE, not just be a people of, “No.”

      I love books. I love TV. I love movies. I love stories. I don’t love what they’re becoming – because what they’re becoming is something unrecognizable, disgusting, debasing, harmful, damaging. When they become such, they lose value. It’s like watching a diamond become glass or seeing silver succumb to tarnish.

      We’re created for so much MORE. I can’t find a way to settle for what we’re being offered. It’s not enough. It simply isn’t.

      And when we aren’t what we were created to be – when it’s twisted into what media has become – so much pain is inflicted that we can’t fathom. Sex trafficking, like you said. Abuse. A complete miss on what we actually ARE.

      Thanks for the support. I’m unsure where this particular path is leading, but I’m on it 100%.

       
      • David

        August 13, 2013 at 2:25 pm

        Just read your story on the Blaze keep up the good fight more we let people know this is unexceptionable the
        better

         
      • David Davey

        August 16, 2013 at 9:53 am

        I was completely appalled when I viewed your backwards fantasy man in the sky [expletive deleted] ideas on cnn and what you believe to be offensive TV. All I can say is your a part of the problem, not the answer. You believe that sex is bad and God is good. You and others like you want to publish lies and try to brainwash our children into believing that there really is a lil man floating around in the sky. This is why you and your God followers need to be put in your place. Sex has always been a part of the human biology and always will be.

        Christians fear the obvious, that after 2000 years their dead god has not returned and the twilight of christianity has arrived. Get over it and focus on the real issues facing mankind.

        Have a nice day. :)

         
      • Rebeca Seitz

        August 16, 2013 at 10:52 am

        Hi, David. I apologize for having to edit the expletive out of your post and thank you for taking the time to leave a reply. I feel a bit like a broken record here, but I’ll say it again – I do not believe sex is evil. That’s ridiculous. I believe showing two naked people having sex to an eight-year-old child is evil.

        The idea that Christians believe sex is evil is laughable. Studies show that, in the United States, the people having sex most frequently (and reporting it as most enjoyable) are married Christians who attend church regularly.

        Here’s an article that talks about it:
        “The most comprehensive study of American sexual behavior ever undertaken (published by the University of Chicago and marketed under the notably non-arousing title The Social Organization of Sexuality) found that, in fact, “having a religious affiliation was associated with higher rates of orgasm for women.” The devout are actually having better sex than the rest of us.”

        And here’s another (clearly written by someone who doesn’t like Fagan, but can’t argue with the facts):
        “According to the 1992 “National Health and Social Life Survey,” 88 percent of always-married people enjoy having intercourse with their current sex partner extremely or very much. Compare that to 72 percent of divorced or separated people and 66 percent of single people. People who go to church regularly also enjoy their sex partner more; 84 percent of people who attend religious services weekly gave their partner high marks, compared to 79 percent of people who never attend services. (And people who attend church infrequently—less than once a month—rated their sex lives the worst.)”

         
      • Christine Read

        August 16, 2013 at 6:05 pm

        David, Rebeca never said sex was bad. She just didn’t think her son should be watching it at his age. I agree with her. Sex is wonderful. It was God’s idea. (If we really developed by evolution we would probably all be asexual, which would be no fun at all). But you see, sex was designed to be between a husband and wife, to occur within the confines of marriage. Little children, and even teenagers, don’t need to view others having simulated or actual sex in order to be prepared somehow to engage in it. Honestly, does anyone actually NEED to view it to further a plot in a TV show or movie? No, this may be news to you, but people with your views have cheapened sex, adulterated it, encouraged rampant immorality and unwed pregnancies. STD’s are rampant among sexually active youth. Don’t act like human beings are just animals following their unrestrained urges, and Christians are uptight prudes that don’t know how to have fun and want to put everyone else on a guilt trip. The truth is, we need some return to decency and morality and people need to wise up and clean up, for the health and sake of this country and our children.

         
      • Susan Collins

        August 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm

        Thank-you for doing something that I did not know how to do. We have a furniture ad in our market on the New England Cable News where the owner runs across the screen in a woman’s bikini. He is not a woman. I wrote the network, but the reply was they had nothing to do with it. I did not know what else to do but boycott.

        The other question I have is what ever happened to imagination? Even in books things are very explicit, and spelled out for us. I feel like they are trying to control what I think by putting every detail in a book or movie. I really used to enjoy watching old movies when I had time. I don’t even watch many movies anymore. It is sad.

         
      • Suzanne

        August 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm

        Rebeca, It isn’t just books, TV, movies and stories. Have you seen the latest Drano add with the two men snaking out the drain? Disgusting doesn’t even begin to cover this one.

         
  3. Linda

    August 11, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    To answer your question, how do we justify seeing evil and walking away. We don’t. Or we shouldn’t, but we all have at some point. But let’s try to do better. I will post about this and your blog on my blog on Thursday of this week. However, Rebeca, if you feel the leading of the Lord to do something else/more, please let us know! So we can join with you. By the way, I have Dish Family. It limits dramatically what I see (hallelujah!), but I am also not supporting junk. That is my line which I decided not to cross (no cable). Everyone must make up their mind between them and God, but sometimes we definitely need a line in the sand.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you so much, Linda, for your support and for making good media decisions for you and your family. As a publicist, I often pitch to producers at shows like “Good Morning America” and “Today” and “Fox and Friends”. One of the cardinal rules of publicity is not pitching a show you haven’t actually watched. So, I bounce between needing to check out the media I’m pitching for clients and worrying (now) that both my children and I could be subjected to awful images in the process. I’m just so sad about it. Andy and I bop back and forth between “Good Morning America” and “Headline News” nearly every morning (“Fox and Friends” too, if the hubby’s up).

      We talk about what’s happening in the world. We discuss ways he and I can make it better, can be a force for good when there is so much hurt and harm in the land. We hear a story about floods or earthquakes or famine and we figure out a way to help. We laugh with the crew when they laugh and we experience the world through the lens they provide. This experience has put an enormous crack across that lens.

      I’m determined to move forward with SON: Spirit Of Naples (http://spiritofnaples.com), so that good media is created. I don’t want to only say, “No,” but also say, “Yes,” to something better. If you want to help support that effort, I’d be grateful. We’ve got to get good media created for something other than the Christian bubble.

      As for my personal media choices, the hubby and I are discussing in-depth. It’s hard now to listen to the laughter on GMA and not hear a tinny sound of pseudo-happiness. Do the folks at that desk know that their smiles lead into ads that show sex to children – to audiences of all ages? Do the actors on “Betrayal” realize the scenes they shot (a fact I still can’t comprehend) are being shown to audiences of all ages? How do they feel about that?

      So much to ponder.

       
      • Linda

        August 11, 2013 at 11:25 pm

        So much to ponder is right. I will message you with my email and let me get some more info on SON.

         
      • Rich Theriault

        August 13, 2013 at 10:48 pm

        Hi Rebecca,

        You are correct. Removing the decay is not enough. Strong affirm inning content, chosen by parents needs to fill the cavity.

        Rich

         
      • Lisha Hogan

        August 16, 2013 at 11:17 am

        Rebecca,
        I love that you are leading a fight for good media. I too, enjoy good stories. I also want to know what is happening in the world. I have six kids ages 8 to 16. Although we limit TV time and choices, they too want to relax with a good story. My husband loves to watch sports; those commercials often run on the negative. Even the young adult books are full of sex and bad language, and like a commercial at 8 am, you often have no warning. So I search for web sites on clean books and clean TV and try to find something my kids can enjoy. I have enjoyed seeing the posts here for resources to try.

         
      • Rebeca Seitz

        August 16, 2013 at 11:31 am

        Thanks, Lisha! Hang in there. There ARE good media choices – it’s just too hard to find them right now. What genres do your children enjoy?

         
  4. Beth

    August 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I saw the advertisement as well (fortunately alone) and I was shocked! It wasn’t just the blatant sexual scenes but the total disregard for telling the truth and honoring marriage vows. They managed to cram a lot into that short commercial! If you are successful with this, I challenge you to take on the state of Florida for the vile billboards they have on I75 for a sex shop north of Orlando. I angers me that every family driving to Disneyworld is subjected to them. I tried the governor, the state transportation agency and the billboard company. They called it a “free speech” issue, but we all know that free speech is a right granted to us by God and must be within certain parameters. Let me know if you want to pursue this.

     
    • Shostakovicz

      August 16, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      We all know? I know no such thing, Beth. I don’t believe in your god, and don’t know that he granted anything of the sort. The fallacy in your premise is that everyone believes as you do. Not everyone does. I fully respect your right to believe as you do. I do not respect your right to force others to abide by your beliefs. Your faith is your own. Faith should guide you, comfort you, bring you enlightenment and peace. Your faith does that for you, and that pleases me. My faith does that for me, regardless of it not being the same as yours. I have just as much right to my beliefs and faith, be they what they may. They were right, it IS a free speech issue. For the freedom of speech to truly mean anything, it must apply to all speech, even that with which we disagree, or it is powerless.

       
  5. Jeneane

    August 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I very seldom watch abc, cbs, or nbc. But I know a lot of people do. How can I help get this garbage off the air?

     
  6. Angela ryan

    August 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Excellent blogs on both counts of this repeated attack on drive-by flashes of crap on TV… we did elect to get rid of it and we are a better family for it. I realize you disagree on “getting rid of tv” but we still have TV’s with roKu and Netflix and a whole other host of options for getting our entertainment and news information ( you would be surprised at homw much you can get for free..even live news cast) fix WITHOUT contributing money to the out of control corrupt general viewing/programming. I think until people start demanding A la carte cable television and putting their money where they values are …this will NOT stop no matter how loud you scream at it. Money Talks…this is the only language they understand. By Continuing to fund them you give them more opportunities to infiltrate your home with more crap. Looking forward to seeing and reading more from you.

     
    • Lisha Hogan

      August 16, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Have you found a good option for sports other than cable/satellite? I would be so excited if we could find another way to get live games.

       
      • richt619

        August 16, 2013 at 3:10 pm

        Hi Lisha,
        Not another way – but a way to view games without the offensive commercials. There is a new product that allows you to skip commercials while watching live sporting events on your cable/satellite TV setup. You can select another broadcast channel (tbn, history, digital music, etc) you would like to view instead of the commercial. When the commercial break is over it automatically brings you back the game so you dont miss any of the action. The product is called MyTVChoice. You can learn more about it at http://www.mytvchoice.com. It also covers a couple of reality shows like Dancing with the Stars, American Idol and The Voice. It was recently written up in the Boston Globe http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/07/28/mychoice-let-viewers-skip-ads-with-channel-changing-device/z69iYAClkwFQ2ugno1eTIK/story.html

        I am interested in what you think about it. Thanks

        Rich

         
  7. Jessica

    August 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Good for you for standing up for righteousness. Too many Christians are afraid to do this. We need more people like you that are willing to protect our children from things they don’t need to see. God bless you! As a young mother of three children myself I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you! Keep fighting the good fight. You may not always get rewarded here on earth but you will receive a great reward in heaven. Blessings!

     
    • softballumpire

      August 18, 2013 at 9:21 am

      No we don’t we need you people to mind your own religion in the private of your own home or church.

       
      • edmccray

        August 18, 2013 at 9:41 am

        How can anyone compartmentalize their faith and values? You don’t observe them in a church or home, you LIVE them EVERY DAY of your life wherever you go. If it weren’t for people living their faith in the day to day we wouldn’t have institutions like orphanages, hospitals, police depts., fire depts., the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the list is endless!! All of these things are fairly new concepts in the history of human civilization and all of them were rooted in and blossomed out of Christianity. Learn it, live it, love it. :)

         
  8. Mark

    August 13, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    “How do we justify seeing evil and walking away?”

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke”

    The thing is, Rebecca, that these desperate attempts to lure viewers is indicative of a continuing loss of audience. The *major* networks are becoming minor in the surge of Internet selective viewing over programmed cable and network. Advertising is taking on a new guise and dollars are becoming the Holy Grail of flailing network execs. Their bubble is due to burst soon as we take to the Internet to personalize, and secure, our entertainment sans the trash and obscene intrusions foisted upon us by advertisors’ hackneyed attempts at marketing.

    I believe the ultimate justice for ABC and its ilk is death through attrition. As more and more of us eschew network and cable television (I’ve not viewed TV for five years), the smart money in advertising, the rise of capable marketers, more quality programming, will transform the viewers’ scenery into a more easily malleable convenience (or luxury). What is particularly gratifying is that my viewing is no longer marred by incidents such as yours or by the ad companies’ assessment of what I deem “entertainment” in commercials as well as programming.

    I know it may seem a loss to some [or many] when their favorite shows are corrupted. There are, however, many superior alternatives. No TV is at the top of my list. Reading, shared activities, games, chores, activities too numerous to mention continue the enumeration. In essence, which is better: to engage in a costly and time-consuming fight with corporate lawyers or to watch the beast slowly die?

    I’ve made my choice to watch it die, and it is. I also applaud your stance and commitment to reform it, as you may. Perhaps if you cut off the head of the serpent it will die. Or, as in mythological beasts, it will grow two heads anew. I wish you well.

    ~ Mark

     
    • momiss

      August 16, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Excellent post! And I have done exactly the same thing. I would challenge anyone to stop watching for just a few months and then see how shocked they are when they watch it again. We become so used to that trash that we cease to see/hear it, a little at a time. See for yourself what life can be without the distractions and mind numbing drivel. It is an eye opening experience and the best thing you can do for future generations is let their minds think for themselves about real life. THEIR real life, not some reality show. Those things have very little to do with any reality I have ever experienced.

       
      • Kari Richmond

        August 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm

        Agreed. I’m a Christian. My husband is not. We agreed 8 years ago to get rid of our TV. We stay informed by listening to NPR and reading articles from various reputable sources online. We watch movies and shows we choose for ourselves and our kids online. Unfortunately, every time I visit my parents’ house, or my in-laws, I’m subjected to the trash on the major TV networks. There’s nothing about it anywhere that has anything to do with real life. Even the news is so poorly balanced that I get angry every time I see it. What kind of “news” is 2/3rds of broadcast time spent following one “dramatic” tale of woe, and the rest stretched thin to cover all the headline tags on the latest bombings and coups? All brought to you through commercial interruptions for every 2 minutes of broadcast.

        Rebecca, I don’t think your position on this particular commercial reflects a coercive attitude to force your beliefs on others. I think folks of most beliefs would say they agree that we should love our neighbors as ourselves. If we all really try to do that, we (as a society) would agree to go with a low common denominator on the sexy or scary content during times when our kids are up and likely to be around a TV. At the very least. And for folks who WANT to see garbage and/or don’t mind for their kids to see it – it’s certainly quite easy to find it on the “premium” channels and all over the internet.

         
  9. Alan Fraser

    August 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Rebeca, I’ve been an video/film editor in Jacksonville, FL for more than 20 years. I’ve always wanted to use my talents to edit family content. I have two young girls, and I hate to think what TV will become when they’re at the age where they watch prime-time shows with mom and dad. We just don’t see that much on TV that we will be able to enjoy with them.

    If you have a need for a Christian artist that can post produce family content, I would love to do that kind of work. I’ve been working on a family friendly TV show for the better part of this year, and have, in the past, had the opportunity to work on another family friendly TV show. It’s something that’s near and dear to my heart, but I just don’t have the industry contacts that would lead to more of this kind of work.

    Best of luck to you wherever this path takes you. I know there is a desire and a need for good TV.

    Alan

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 19, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Hi, Alan! Thanks for your comment here and for your work in creating a good TV show for us all to enjoy. I’ll get your email address from your blog entry and send you a note about how we might work together. Thanks again!

       
  10. Christine Read

    August 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Thank you, Rebecca. I am so glad someone stood up, and you see what happens when ONE person stands up to resist evil. (that is, that which is corrupted). We don’t watch that much TV, and honestly did not know much of what is going on in network TV. But oddly, my family is involved in film now, and we are sensing that there is beginning to be a shift in the culture as more and more light enters and permeates the entertainment industry. I think it may be up to the mothers in this country to stand up and force a change for the sake of our children. You are definitely one of my heroes and I am encouraged to stand up and stand fast, and I am hopeful now that more moms will join in.

     
  11. Stephanie

    August 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Rebecca I applaud what you are doing! I am so tired of the constant smut on television that I rarely allow my children to watch any tv. So many people stand behind you and you have given them a voice! God bless you!!!

     
  12. hillary

    August 13, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    We do not have t.v anymore for this exact reason. I was on a vacation this last week and so we had t.v. and the commercials that were being aired during prime time hours but during an airing of the cartoon RIO were appalling. Way to many people have become desensitized to these scenes and subjects. It is my job to protect my children from these adult topics as long as possible and introduce them to it in the appropriate way. If that means sacrificing T.V. for myself than that is what I will do. It would be nice though if I felt I could trust the standards of certain networks and enjoy t.v. again.

     
  13. herbertdena2013

    August 13, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Good For You!!!! I really think that if enough people stand up to this moral issue that has become the norm in the entertainment industry that they will take notice and do something about it. God Bless You Rebecca!!!! God Bless You!

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 19, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      Thanks!

       
      • Geneva Hill-Berry

        September 8, 2013 at 7:48 am

        I’m a Christian, and “PROUD” of it! If come people “need” to see such “garbage”, and “inflict” themselves with Satan “morals”, go to the “X” rated pay per view sections! I feel immense “sorrow” for all the children who are subjected to this “Porn”, because of “inappropriate”, and plain “lousy”, “lazy” parenting! I to say “Thank You”, and “God bless you” for your standing up, and speaking out for all of us who “believe” exactly as you do! You are definitely a “Hero”!

        You “GO” Rebecca, Bless You!

         
  14. herbertdena2013

    August 13, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Reblogged this on Sarah's Voice and commented:
    This is totally off the topics I usually post, but this is a very important topic and needs more awareness and people to stand up and fight!

     
  15. T Creasey

    August 13, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Way to go, Rebeca. You rock. Thanks for taking a bold stand.

     
  16. Mark

    August 14, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Same thing is happening now at the movies. My wife and I and a nephew went to see man of steel in the theater. One of the previews was of a sandra bullock movie wherein both characters uttered the F word multiple times. So this “ad” was worse than any PG-13 I’ve ever been to. My wife called the theater GM and he said that it’s not his choice. Hollywood dictates what is seen, when and by what audience.
    For that reason I am done going out to the theater. I’ll wait for the dvd

     
  17. lisalynn

    August 14, 2013 at 9:09 am

    thanks for the update.. this reminds me of Netflix & My irritation with them.. when my dd searched for a kids show, an R rated GAY movie came up as a choice ! I did an instant chat with NF & they acted upset too. she wanted me to make sure MY CHOICES were set so this didn’t happen again.
    YOU know.. I don’t see why WE should have to OPT out the people that want to watch should have to OPT IN !! I wish I knew how to get this changed.. but why should cable or sat. patrons have to opt out to watch w/o fear of this crap !??????????

     
  18. Clara Bell

    August 14, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Rebecca, I’m 74 years old and am offended by that display of lack of moral values!!! I also am very worried for my grand-children about where this country is headed. You can blame the ACLU for their relentless work on the supposed right of children to view such garbage. Keep up the fight!!

     
  19. Teri Thackston

    August 14, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Turned on the Glenn Beck Radio Show late this morning, just at the end of your interview with him. You are an inspiration. I don’t know what commercial you were discussing because I missed the beginning of your interview–and never watch morning TV, anyway–but was touched by your strength and determination. You and Glenn are so right about the garbage on TV, and how we can’t just turn it off and ignore it. I will definitely be more proactive in calling out what I see in the future. Thanks and keep it up!

     
  20. Carol

    August 14, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Heard of this through Glenn Beck’s radio show. Great interview by the way! Will do my part as soon as I sign off. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Many hands make light work as my Grandma always said!

     
  21. jpward (@jpward001)

    August 14, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Keep up the good work.

     
  22. Linda Samuta

    August 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Rebeca, heard you on the Glenn Beck radio show ths morning. I can’t thank you enough for taking a stand on this issue and getting the word out!! How shocking for you and your family! So sorry you and your son had to witness this ad – although perhaps this was God’s way of speaking to you knowing you have the courage to act!! Our family rarely watches the popular TV networks for this very reason, and I too have sent messages to them complaining about the ads and show content.

    As a Christian tired of being silent, I spoke out at a school board meeting this past Spring in Glen Ellyn, IL regarding an inappropriate book in our middle school – there are times when one can feel alone during these times. Your bravery gives me strength to not give up and to encourage other parents to speak up!! We must not give up on our children’s future!!

    God bless all!!

     
    • gracielynnsthebotheredsheep

      August 14, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      how I unsub from comments ? & not the newsletter ?  

       
    • Encinom

      August 14, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      Whats wrong Gracie, can’t have the truth cloud your head stuffed with Christian fairy tales?

       
    • edmccray

      August 15, 2013 at 5:19 am

      I think it is people like you who are the book burners. From reading your ranting comments, it’s clear that you hate Christians so much that you demand them to be silenced. It is the left, not the right, who seeks out and destroys any and all who disagree with them while it’s the conservative who is open to all competing views being heard in the arena of ideas.

      This issue is different than changing the channel. It is one thing to be tuning into a show that you’d expect to see such content but this was a MORNING “news” show. In addition, it was a COMMERCIAL. Commercials are like drive-by shootings, they can come in and strike any time without warning. How would anyone know to expect such filth on a commercial let alone at 8:30 in the morning?

      You claim that Christians want to force their worldview on others. Well, what of the world who wants to try to force their world views on them? That’s what this is a case of. It wasn’t enough that people where CHOOSING not to tune into this stupid program so the Network decided to sneak attack them with this commercial. That’s all that this is.

      Now, if you excuse me, I need to get to work on the farm.

       
    • Encinom

      August 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      Sorry, there McCray, history is clear, its the self imposed moral police, the christian conservatives tha tburn books and retard ideas. You and your ilk are all for free speech as look as it conforms with your sense of morality. Fundie Christians are upset, they are being ignored, their back water views are no longer dictating the notion of morality. You oppose equal rights, I bet the idea of a Gay wedding gives you nightmares, yet the majority of Americans do not have a problem with it. There is a reason a hack like your self is shoveling cow dung and not in an animation studio, and its not because of your phoney sense of victimhood.

       
    • edmccray

      August 15, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      What equal rights do Christians oppose? I’m not aware of any. What Christians burn books? It is always the liberal progressives who do this. Not the Christians. Look at recent events. Look at how George Zimmerman was treated. Paula Deen. This rodeo clown with the Obama mask. It’s not enough for the progressive to be permitted to do what they want. They will fight you for your right to not agree with them as you so perfectly prove.

      If the majority of Americans agree with gay marriage then why has it been voted down in every case when it was up for a vote of the people until this last election? If the majority of Americans approve of homosexuality then why were all of those gay sitcoms that the networks so proudly touted CANCELLED by Christmas due to LOW RATINGS? Once again your logic is flawed.

      I don’t shovel cow dung. Sorry.

       
    • candy1945

      August 18, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      I agree, Linda. I am an adult, my children are grown. But…I have grandchildren and great grandchildren. I am not a prude but this has gone way to far. Where did our morals go. It seems like now they can show anything on TV and say it is OK. I disagree, we need to band together and protect our children. No one else will.
      Rebeca, you have my vote. Good for you!!!

       
      • BJS

        August 18, 2013 at 7:55 pm

        I agree 100%. I have children & GdChildren. I don’t want them to see this indecent exposure on TV, nor do I myself want to see nor hear the swearing.

         
    • Tim

      August 20, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Encinom, let me speak the truth. You have been deceived and blinded by the adversary, not only into believing that there is nothing wrong with portraying violence and sex but also into believing that there is no adversary, that is how he works. One day you will realize and see the role that you and many others like you have played in the downfall of our society. Please seek out you maker, you will find the truth.

       
  23. Encinom

    August 14, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Can you bible thumpers just shut the hell up. I thought hte morality police grew out of fashion in the 80’s. The problem with this country is that too many christians can’t help but attempt to force others to live by their screwed up standards. You are just another christian taliban forcing censorship on the nation.

     
    • Heidi

      August 14, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      People have the right to watch certain channels without be subjected to filth. It is not censorship, there will be plenty of filthy channels out there but as a parent if such content is to be shown then they deserved to be warned. Many TV shows give those warning that the content may be graphic. It was not given to people this was forced on them. The network was wrong. Rebecca and everyone one else should be offended.

       
      • Encinom

        August 14, 2013 at 5:21 pm

        No you don’t, you have the right to change the channel, you don’t have the right to dictate to others wht they should broadcast. Instead of whinninh about, get up and change the channel.

         
      • Shostakovicz

        August 16, 2013 at 10:54 pm

        Pray tell, where is this right enshrined? It’s not in the Constitution that I’ve read. It’s not in the bible, which specifically states “Be in the world, but not of the world.” I’ve never heard of a right to watch TV without being subjected to “filth,” which is entirely subjective. One man’s filth is another man’s treasure.

         
    • momiss

      August 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      I’d say your are approx. 20 years old and a college student. Public school, I think goes without saying. You have been indoctrinated very well.

       
      • Shostakovicz

        August 20, 2013 at 12:08 am

        Momiss, I’m curious of you’re referring to me. If so, you are rather far off the mark. I’m 51 years old, High School graduate with a term of military service and not a day of college (admittedly, somewhat to my regret). I attended private religious school for several years but did graduate from public High School. I’ve raised two daughters of my own and have several grandchildren from age 4 to age 18.

        I don’t consider myself indoctrinated, but of course your opinion is your own. I will, however, say that ad hominem comments like this do very little to actually advance the topic of conversation.

         
    • RGW

      August 19, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      I hate to break it to you, but even a lot of non-religious people don’t want their young children being exposed to sexual images. I think you have kind of strayed from the issue being discussed.

       
      • Suzanne

        August 19, 2013 at 1:26 pm

        Thank you RGW…:-)

         
      • BJS

        August 19, 2013 at 1:45 pm

        It has nothing to do with religion, maybe to some but its the moral values that most of us have.
        There is a time & place for sex. The advertising & movies do not have to use sex to make good films or sell their products

         
  24. Andrea Smith

    August 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    AWESOME! Congratulations to you for standing up for YOUR RIGHTS and not being held hostage to the “Politically Correct” demoralizing Hollyweirdo’s. I think there are more of us who feel this way than you realize. I learned a long time ago that “Silence is Acceptance” Children grow up way too fast in this world as it is. They don’t need to be burdened with things they don’t understand until they are old enough. Some of these shows are nothing but porn & enough to make one puke. Enough is enough. You go, Girl!

     
    • Encinom

      August 14, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      She had the RIGHT to change the channel. What right is she standing up for. She is just being a typical whinny christian house wife seeking to impose her morality on others.

       
      • Kari Richmond

        August 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm

        Whinny.

         
      • Lisha

        August 17, 2013 at 8:12 pm

        I have heard a few people saying that if we don’t like the sex, we can change the channel. Or comments about how ridiculous to be offended by a little kiss. The point is, you can’t just change the channel, because it is creeping into every aspect of every day of everywhere that we go. The checkout line at the grocery store, the ads on the billboards, the store advertisements as we walk through the mall, an Internet search that should NOT have come up with THAT. We try to choose our programming carefully, and then at 8:00am on a news show we are slammed with what we weren’t expecting. By the time we change the channel it is too late. I don’t want to see it for myself. I believe sex is beautiful and personal and should be engaged in only between a husband and a wife. I can’t tell other people that they have to live that way. But I think the real problem comes into play when one person’s rights infringe on another’s. Maybe others don’t see it as a problem, but what about my right not to see it? I have had the same experience as Rebecca over and over. We have tried to choose our programming very carefully and then were totally blindsided by an ad. Yes, we can chose to eliminate TV all together, as many have done. But most of us enjoy entertainment just like the rest of the world. We would like our values to be tolerated as well. And it isn’t just Christians, I imagine the Muslims, the Jews and many other religions and non religious people don’t really enjoy watching other people have sex, and they especially don’t think their kids are ready for it. Many people still believe promises should be kept, especially ones to spouses.We want to know that if we go to a movie we have carefully researched or watch a program on TV that we have deemed appropriate that we will be able to watch it in peace. That maybe some of that tolerance that is so widely valued, can be extended to those of us who do believe in right and wrong and don’t desire to see something that we weren’t looking for.

         
      • Brian

        August 19, 2013 at 5:53 am

        Yes she is. It’s nearly as sickening as allowing ones children to watch TV in the morning during breakfast.

         
  25. Teri Thackston

    August 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Some of you are missing the point. She was watching a program that doesn’t show this type of adult content. She thought she was safe to do so with her child.They had led her to trust them enough to let her son see it. She had no warning that the picture would display at an hour of the day when producers must know that children could be watching. She had no complaint beforehand that would have allowed her to change the channel before her child saw it. Now she does know and she has a right to complain that she was basically ambushed–along with her young son. I’m guessing she won’t watch the show again.

     
    • DF

      August 18, 2013 at 3:30 am

      Why would an 8 year old even be interested in GMA? Have you ever watched it?
      And showing all the violence in Egypt and elsewhere as is commonly done since it’s a NEWS program is okay? Gah, put on some cartoons and be done with it.

       
      • edmccray

        August 18, 2013 at 6:16 am

        Cartoons are becoming inappropriate for kids anymore. You wouldn’t believe the suggestive sexual content in cartoons geared to age 8-14 year old boys. (Justice League Unlimited anyone?)

         
      • edmccray

        August 18, 2013 at 6:16 am

        Besides, what mainstream network shows cartoons anymore? Even Saturday morning doesn’t have them anymore.

         
      • Christine Read

        August 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm

        Chico Blanco, Christian values don’t include hatred of any person, and does not “bully” anybody. I don’t know where you get your teaching, but it is dead wrong, and anyone who uses hatred to bully anybody is dead wrong. We are talking about common decency here. I don’t think that violence SHOULD be plastered all over TV screens, DT, either in the news or in movies. I don’t think it serves to do anything but glorify gruesomeness, and give people foul imagery to run over and over in their minds which is then embedded in their subconscious. Of course violence is real, and the people that are the victims in it don’t need to be reminded of it over and over. Sex is supposed to be a private matter, and really, films should go back to the days when sex was implied but not shown, because that made it, as Alfred Hitchcock said, “more suspenseful.”

         
      • Christine Read

        August 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm

        I’m sorry, DF, I referred to you in my reply as DT. I apologize!

         
      • Shostakovicz

        August 20, 2013 at 12:10 am

        “Besides, what mainstream network shows cartoons anymore? Even Saturday morning doesn’t have them anymore.”

        Well said, good sir! I miss my Saturday morning cartoons!

         
      • edmccray

        August 20, 2013 at 4:16 am

        As do I, Shostakovicz! Remember the good old days when Hanna-Barbera and other such studios dominated Saturday morning? Even in the 90’s there were still some cartoons aired. Now if you see anything it’s always that horrid Yugio crap. My 6 year old nephew doesn’t even know that there used to be cartoons on Saturday mornings!!

         
  26. gracielynnsthebotheredsheep

    August 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    wonderful show on Glenn Beck today.. hope God leads you into some projects of a Christian nature .. Wonderful . I’m reminded of the saying : ” all things work together for those that Love the Lord ” !

     
  27. Milt

    August 14, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I listened to you today on the Glenn Beck Radio Show. I very touched by the exchange you two had. You, my lady, are a voice in the media wilderness. It is always strange in the way God puts people together to do a greater thing. This is the beginning not the end. Thank you for not being afraid to fight against this evilness that the secular media is trying to shove down our children’s throats. God Bless you and I will be listening to you to keep track of what God is doing in you. Again thank you.

     
  28. edmccray

    August 14, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you so much for taking a stand on this. I wouldn’t have heard about it otherwise. (I read about it on the Blaze and heard you on Glenn Beck) Let me tell you a little bit about my experiences with Hollywood.

    Since I was 4 years old I’d dreamed and aspired to be a Disney animator. Then I went to animation school and it left me totally disillusioned. I went to college during the beginning of the Bush years and 9/11 and all of that. I was the only Christian conservative in the entire art dept. and that made me a target for my values. You see, my peers went out of their way to put as much inappropriate comment as possible in their films and they loved to sneak things in. The films they were doing would be rated X at best and put this ABC clip to shame. I was not welcome in the animation dept. because they said it was like having Jesus in the room and my mere presence made them feel ashamed to be themselves. (They never realized that this was actually a tremendous compliment to say something like that.) The thing is I rarely shared my views with anyone. They just knew that I wouldn’t go to the bar with them or the strip clubs (the girls went too) and that was unacceptable to them. I found out years later they actually had bets going on who could succeed in corrupting me. These are the people making animated films today!!

    After college I did some freelance story work for a prominent animation company but when I turned down a project because of my values. I got into the print industry where I turned many of my animation stories into books or comic books. I created the world’s first female fantasy Christmas character, Jill Chill, and even though she garnered great reviews every time I’ve been in a meeting about bringing her to film I actually get told things like they have to pass because the first fantasy Christmas character can’t be created by a man. For real. I’ve been told that at least 5 times. (I wish I could go to your convention and meet other Christians in the field but it’s WAAAAY out of my price range.) For the last few years I’ve been working on a project about America that prominently displays many of my values. I’ve been told that this is my career death warrant because once it gets out that I’m a Christian conservative I’ll never work again but I believe they are wrong.

    I’m so tired of turning on my TV or going to a movie and seeing any character who shares any of my beliefs portrayed as a backward bigot or something. When I take a stand I get called a “hater” or am belittled for my “quaint” beliefs. I just get tired of it. I’ve spoken out about projects geared to families before but always get ridiculed. If you have ever seen “Once Upon A Time” on ABC, this is a project that would have made Walt Disney roll in his grave. In the first season they made adultery “okay” and derided traditional values of marriage and family and monogamy at every turn. Kids are influenced by what they see. When you say that people call you a paranoid person but it’s true. Most of my own generation derives its morality from a combination of Star Wars, Steven Speilberg movies, and the Smurfs. I have come to believe that this is intentional based on quotes I’ve read and seen from some of the people who make family entertainments now. At the Comic Con the creators of Once Upon a Time held a panel and the first question they were asked is when they’ll have a GLTG character on the show. And they said “because we respect LOVE it will happen”. It’s telling that this was the first question asked. It’s also telling that this was their response.

    I’m glad there are other people out there like you who are just as fed up with this as I am. I couldn’t believe they would/could air something like that on morning TV. But then again I’m always surprised with the content of what I’ve been seeing in prime time lately. Dr. D. James Kennedy once gave a TV sermon about how the Christians left Hollywood to save a few hundred bucks on office space and the first porn film happened within a few years later. It’s a great sermon if you can find it. He makes your case very well and followed the decline of morality in Hollywood films after that much like David Barton and the SAT/School Prayer coloration. As for myself, I know that my life would have been much easier if I didn’t have any moral values at all. Most of these perverts I went to school with (if you saw their films you would agree. They did things that would make Ren & Stimpy blush…) are now working at Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, and other big studios. I still work on the farm in Smallville “bitterly clinging to my guns and religion.” I’m often told that this is the moral of the story; that being “open-minded” makes you go far but while being a “closed-minded bigot” holds you back. I dream of someday getting to do what I have always believe my calling to be but I feel like an obsolete man at this point. I’m glad to be reminded I’m not alone in my moral outrage when I read stories like your’s. Thank you.

     
    • encinom

      August 14, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      Boo Hoo Hoo. Its clear from your post that Christianity is either a cult and a mental disorder. You were unable to make friends in school and couldn’t hack it as an animator so you blame society, you atempt to cry victimhood. You are stuck on the farm because of your bible based bigotry while your contemporaries excel. This is the evil of Christianity is has retard your social growth and prevented you from living a full life out in the world.

       
      • Deena

        August 15, 2013 at 12:17 am

        Dude, Encinom…you are one angry, bitter person. Feel kinda sad for you. And, in case you haven’t noticed, we “whiny, Christian morality policing mom’s” well……..more than just one. And You don’t have to be a Christian to have standards. I politely challenge you to get out of YOUR bubble of living and see what parents/mom’s have to say. Tone down the hate…no call for it at all.

         
      • edmccray

        August 15, 2013 at 4:55 am

        Um, actually, no. I COULD have made it as an animator but I refuse to back down on my principles. I’ve written and illustrated several critically acclaimed books and comic books. Christianity is not evil. How is not wanting out children exposed to graphic sexual imagery like that and subliminal content like my peers would frequently put in their films a bad thing? You’re the one who is clearly demonstrating bigotry and hatred to me. You are prejudiced against Christianity. Why?

         
      • encinom

        August 15, 2013 at 6:12 am

        I am sick and tired of you Christians demanding the nation follow your backward morals and religion. I am tired of you using children to justify censorship. I am sick and tired of you arguing victimhood. Too many of you are fools that believed Leave it to Beaver America was a real place and if only we can return there everything will be better. I am sick and tired of you using your book of fairy tales to surpress the rights of others.

         
      • edmccray

        August 15, 2013 at 7:12 am

        Encinom – Not only was “Leave It To Beaver” America a REAL place but you can visit it in the media that was produced back then. Riddle me this – if America was NEVER a moral place then WHY would it be reflected in the media of the time let alone accepted by the people who, you know, LIVED there. This past year I’ve been studying up on the great comic strip creators. We NEVER hear about these people today and for “good” reason. Nearly all of them were political conservatives or Christians. Even Walt Kelly who is considered to be the most radically left of the bunch supported family values and did not approve of homosexuality.

        Revisionist art historians today try to tell us that that Charles Schultz was a “secular humanist”,
        Walt Disney was a “progressive liberal”, and that Carl Barks was a “card-carrying communist” but none of this is true. Like our founding fathers, America’s greatest creative forces have been trashed by liberal progressives. When you look at their work it’s rather amazing how blatant their views are.

        In “Dick Tracy” Chester Gould had Tracy lost in the snow with a kid he was trying to get home. In the blinding storm Tracy prays to God for several strips. This wasn’t some little dinky prayer, mind you, but a rather intense prayer that would have been printed over DAYS. Would Chester Gould have been able tyo do that if, 1., he didn’t believe in what he was doing and, 2., if this did not reflect the morality of the nation. Americans of the 1930’s must have thought nothing of a public display of faith like this or else it would not have been printed. If you are unaware, at the time it was the comic strips that got people to buy the papers. Like the TV networks of today and the radio stations of then, different papers had different content and people bought the paper that had their favorite feature. You would never see a cartoonist do something like this today. They would be too afraid of offending someone or the newspaper would refuse to print it for the same reason (liberal views are okay though.) But this HAD to be the way it was or else you’d never have seen it done.

        Harold Gray who created “Little Orphan Annie” was the most conservative of the bunch. Today we think of him as a liberal because FDR was in the Broadway show but he wasn’t. No, and far from it. He warned all of his fellow cartoonists that a day would come in America when the socialists would take over and steal their wealth from them. He warned all of them and told them to buy farms and, you know what? Every one of them did. Al Capp of “Lil’ Abner” fame began as a liberal but became a conservative as he grew older. As a result his career was destroyed by the left who felt betrayed.

        Our history is full of a whole host of stories like this. You’d be wise to read up on them. We’re tired of people like you sweeping our true past under the rug so that we never hear about the great Americans of black ancestry who are all through our past just as we never hear about the faith of America. Just because you want to live with your head in the sand and claim that all of human history was backward doesn’t mean that it is or was. What is “backward” about showing modesty? About loving your neighbor as you love yourself? About saving yourself for marriage? We’ve seen what trying things your way gets us and do you really think that broken homes and fatherless families are something to celebrate? What is so appealing to you about people having barnyard morals? We are created just above the angels, not below the apes.

        As for a “book of fairy tales”, the Bible is the only book that can be backed up by science, history, philosophy, mathematics, etc. You’d do good to read it, live it, love it. You might learn something.

         
      • edmccray

        August 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm

        Encinom – Not only was “Leave It To Beaver” America a REAL place but you can visit it in the media that was produced back then. Riddle me this – if America was NEVER a moral place then WHY would it be reflected in the media of the time let alone accepted by the people who, you know, LIVED there. This past year I’ve been studying up on the great comic strip creators. We NEVER hear about these people today and for “good” reason. Nearly all of them were political conservatives or Christians. Even Walt Kelly who is considered to be the most radically left of the bunch supported family values and did not approve of homosexuality.

        Revisionist art historians today try to tell us that that Charles Schultz was a “secular humanist”,
        Walt Disney was a “progressive liberal”, and that Carl Barks was a “card-carrying communist” but none of this is true. Like our founding fathers, America’s greatest creative forces have been trashed by liberal progressives. When you look at their work it’s rather amazing how blatant their views are.

        In “Dick Tracy” Chester Gould had Tracy lost in the snow with a kid he was trying to get home. In the blinding storm Tracy prays to God for several strips. This wasn’t some little dinky prayer, mind you, but a rather intense prayer that would have been printed over DAYS. Would Chester Gould have been able tyo do that if, 1., he didn’t believe in what he was doing and, 2., if this did not reflect the morality of the nation. Americans of the 1930’s must have thought nothing of a public display of faith like this or else it would not have been printed. If you are unaware, at the time it was the comic strips that got people to buy the papers. Like the TV networks of today and the radio stations of then, different papers had different content and people bought the paper that had their favorite feature. You would never see a cartoonist do something like this today. They would be too afraid of offending someone or the newspaper would refuse to print it for the same reason (liberal views are okay though.) But this HAD to be the way it was or else you’d never have seen it done.

        Harold Gray who created “Little Orphan Annie” was the most conservative of the bunch. Today we think of him as a liberal because FDR was in the Broadway show but he wasn’t. No, and far from it. He warned all of his fellow cartoonists that a day would come in America when the socialists would take over and steal their wealth from them. He warned all of them and told them to buy farms and, you know what? Every one of them did. Al Capp of “Lil’ Abner” fame began as a liberal but became a conservative as he grew older. As a result his career was destroyed by the left who felt betrayed.

        Our history is full of a whole host of stories like this. You’d be wise to read up on them. We’re tired of people like you sweeping our true past under the rug so that we never hear about the great Americans of black ancestry who are all through our past just as we never hear about the faith of America. Just because you want to live with your head in the sand and claim that all of human history was backward doesn’t mean that it is or was. What is “backward” about showing modesty? About loving your neighbor as you love yourself? About saving yourself for marriage? We’ve seen what trying things your way gets us and do you really think that broken homes and fatherless families are something to celebrate? What is so appealing to you about people having barnyard morals? We are created just above the angels, not below the apes.

        As for a “book of fairy tales”, the Bible is the only book that can be backed up by science, history, philosophy, mathematics, etc. You’d do good to read it, learn it, live it, love it. You might learn something

         
      • Jesse Lee

        August 16, 2013 at 2:06 pm

        Typical Liberal self loving God hater this country has mustered up with it’s kick God out of everything mentality. If you don’t like the comments find another place to bother with your ignorance. You are missing the point. Children should NOT be exposed to filth that you obviously support. Some of us, parents, ACTUALLY CARE what our children are exposed to. Look around chief, it’s not getting any better and it’s not hard to see what your children will turn out like if you ever do reproduce…theres a thought.

        Cry and moan and blahhh and boo hoo all you want about how God isn’t real but you’ve come to late to tell those of us who have already experienced a change in our lives that He doesn’t. You don’t believe, and God doesn’t work outside of faith so unfortunately you’ll never see it.

        Compromise though. Go on the internet and look up any kind of filth you want 24hrs a day and most evenings on regular tv and cable and rented dvds….you’ll get all the filth you need to get you through the next day. But leave morning programs alone and OUR children (not yours) safe from things we deem inappropriate. And Chill Out… Not seeing a stinkin sex scene in the wee hours shouldn’t offend you, but seeing it does us.

         
      • {the song that changed my life}

        August 20, 2013 at 3:39 pm

        encinom…how about this…if you don’t like what you are reading…leave the blog. Just like you keep saying over and over, “if you don’t like it then change the channel,” then why don’t you take your own advice? if you don’t like it, move on, “change the channel” as you say. We all are here to appreciate good common decent values, christian or not. Don’t be sticking around here to be a hypocrite of you yourself are pretending to preach.

         
  29. SoCalGT

    August 15, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Thank you Rebecca for pursuing this. I have a daughter, now 20, who has been working in Hollywood since she was 9. When she was younger it wasn’t too bad but from the time she turned about 14 the material has just gotten worse and worse. Now at 20 rarely is there anything that doesn’t want her to remove her clothing or simulate sex. She refuses. Needless to say she hasn’t worked in a while. The saying, “Hollywood is a small town,” is actually quite true. Since she has turned down projects because of the subject matter/requirements she rarely even gets appointments anymore. Word gets around. Just as edmccray said above, “I’ve been told that this is my career death warrant because once it gets out that I’m a Christian conservative I’ll never work again…” In Hollywood this is true. In addition to inappropriate material, Conservative Christians in Hollywood have to put up with the vile hatred spewed at them like your troll encinom spews in these comments.

    My daughter has a small group of very creative, Christian friends that do some small independent projects but the likelihood of them even getting looked at much less picked up is slim to none. Hollywood truly lives in it’s own self-created bubble. They ignore what most of the rest of the country is interested in and only do projects they think people should be interested in. They like to slip in their agendas and lack of morals and values in subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) ways to influence the culture. I keep telling my daughter that there is a whole market wide open for good family content. Somehow people from around the country that have those values and desires have to get together and pool their talent. As a Christian I believe God blesses those that seek to serve Him. I just saw a list of the 30 biggest budget films green lighted for 2015. Out of the 30, if I remember correctly, only 3 or 4 were original content. All the rest were remakes and sequels. I believe God has taken the creativity away. That leaves it open for those who serve Him!

    Please don’t let this subject die! We all need to do what we can in order to provide good family content for those who want it and keep the filth out of it.

     
    • edmccray

      August 15, 2013 at 7:23 am

      SoCalGT – I’m sure you and your daughter have just as many horror stories about being discriminated against as I do. Good for her and her friends for standing up for their morals! Hollywood is such a small town that I was well-known by the time I was 23. I don’t mind doing comics because I at least get 100% creative control on the content and it’s become a very personal thing for me. I’ve been sought out for other publishing projects because of my content but not any the pay the bills. I’ve been known to work for free if I believe in the cause. I’m sure that after I’m dead and long gone that that’s when my work will get noticed and Hollywood will screw it up. Some have said that two of the films that came out last year were based on my own published works.

      Have you also noticed that the most successful films year in and year out are films that families attend? That’s a little known fact but it’s absolutely true. Take a look at the box office totals over the last 30 years and see.

      As for a good family film, I must recommend that new Disney Oz film. It is the first family film I have seen in YEARS that doesn’t have an sexual innuendo or bathroom humor in it. The only negative thing I can say about it is that two “D$%^s” are uttered in the opening. Other than that there’s nothing objectionable that I picked up on. It’s a film Walt could have been proud of and ironically they dropped his name from the company logo for it!!

      I wish there were more Christians making films and DECENT films. I’m watching with great interest Glenn Beck’s new film company and Rebeca’s event. I hope we see more of this coming in America today. :)

       
      • edmccray

        August 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm

        SoCalGT – I’m sure you and your daughter have just as many horror stories about being discriminated against as I do. Good for her and her friends for standing up for their morals! Hollywood is such a small town that I was well-known by the time I was 23. I don’t mind doing comics because I at least get 100% creative control on the content and it’s become a very personal thing for me. I’ve been sought out for other publishing projects because of my content but not any the pay the bills. I’ve been known to work for free if I believe in the cause. I’m sure that after I’m dead and long gone that that’s when my work will get noticed and Hollywood will screw it up. Some have said that two of the films that came out last year were based on my own published works.

        Have you also noticed that the most successful films year in and year out are films that families attend? That’s a little known fact but it’s absolutely true. Take a look at the box office totals over the last 30 years and see.

        As for a good family film, I must recommend that new Disney Oz film. It is the first family film I have seen in YEARS that doesn’t have an sexual innuendo or bathroom humor in it. The only negative thing I can say about it is that two “D$%^s” are uttered in the opening. Other than that there’s nothing objectionable that I picked up on. It’s a film Walt could have been proud of and ironically they dropped his name from the company logo for it!!

        I wish there were more Christians making films and DECENT films. I’m watching with great interest Glenn Beck’s new film company and Rebeca’s event. I hope we see more of this coming in America today. :)

         
      • softballumpire

        August 18, 2013 at 11:08 pm

        You are most annoying poster i seen so far. oh look… more complaints get a life

         
      • edmccray

        August 19, 2013 at 3:33 am

        LOL! I’m annoying now? Ha! That’s a laugh. Get a life? I’m not the one with the potty mouth.

         
    • Encinom

      August 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      So you are blaming your daughter’s failed career on a false sense of victimhood. The truth is you and other Christians are vile, hate filled, little things that seek to control what other adults do. You seek to impose your book of fairy tales on the nation at large. The good thing is that for the most part as, reason, intelligence and common sense take hold, the conservative christian numbers shrink.

       
      • coyotev

        August 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm

        What is fascinating, Señor Troll, is that non-Christians and atheists go to great lengths to disparage Christians. You, for example, have ferreted out this particular instance in a previously lesser-attended blog to vent your disapproval and pursuant denigration. This was not broadcast, unwarranted and unsolicited, across your screen. More than likely, you might have missed this exchange (unless you actively seek out targets for your disdain). On the other hand, ABC reaches millions at any given time during any given day. A shot in the dark vs. a large nationwide broadcast. If ABC meant NOT to offend, it is conceivable. You, however, appear to be seeking out opportunities to offend, utilizing a typical method of Socratic (and Alinsky) argumentation…attack the person without addressing the issue. Trying to block out a light in the darkness instead of helping to dispel the shadows.

        I am no Christian, but I believe the priorities of major networks have been skewed for years, as they plumb the depths of sordid behavior to boost a dwindling audience. Our kids are being, and have been, desensitized and exposed [far too much] to behavior that they need a few more years to process properly. Whether adhering to Christian principles or to intrinsic human morality, the compass has lost its true North. If there is any assumed censorship at all, it is from a smattering of folks in unfortunately high places intent upon epically demoralizing those who would just rather live a clean, relatively virtuous life and in peace.

         
      • edmccray

        August 15, 2013 at 7:18 pm

        Encinom – If Christians are such “vile, hate-filled” people then how come no one here as ever said anything to you as remotely rude and nasty as you have continually said to others? What makes you so bigoted against us?

        If I were you, I’d be on my knees every night praying to God that Christianity remains a guiding light in this world because without it what do you replace it with? What force will restrain men from stomping on the rights of others? Science, reason, logic? Nazi Germany tried that and look where that got us. Christianity is the only force known to man that protects the freedoms and liberties of man from other men. It is a fact. Get over it.

         
      • Shostakovicz

        August 16, 2013 at 10:59 pm

        Encinom, lay off. I disagree with many of the posters here, and I have stated my disagreements with their ideas without belittling or insulting them personally. Intelligent discourse is impossible when you resort to the childish crap you’re pulling. Please either discuss rationally or simply go elsewhere.

        For the record, to anyone that feels that I may have insulted you personally, it was not my intent and I apologize for that. I disagree with your ideas and that quite strongly, but I respect your rights to hold those ideas and enjoy the debates and conversations.

         
      • edmccray

        August 17, 2013 at 1:54 am

        You have gained my respect with this post. I do not see why we cannot discuss conflicting views civilly. Such trolling comments like those of Encinom become the norm. I see no need to be as snarky as that and hope to have a decent debate.

        As for you, if you reject God at what point do you feel society should reject all standards shared by Christians and what would you replace it with? AS I’ve read from history, it is the faith community that restrains atrocities and advocates for the downtrodden. It is the secularist who stomp on rights because they have no greater concept of morality to restrain them. I wish I could say we could trust men to behave decently but history prove this view to be wrong. What do you think?

         
      • Shostakovicz

        August 17, 2013 at 9:47 am

        Historically speaking, the faith community (irrespective of the actual faith) has not always been the champion of the downtrodden. I would hardly consider the Crusades “restraining atrocity,” rather just the opposite.

        Both sides have a history of, let’s just say, not the best behavior. Yes, we’re the products of that history, but we don’t have to repeat it. Let’s learn from it and try to keep things like that from happening again.

        I could just as easily say, “It’s the faith community that tromps on rights by insisting that everyone live by their religious laws, and it’s the secularist community that protects those rights by preventing that.” It’s a matter of perspective, and I would be just as right in my point of view as you are in yours.

        I think, as usual, that the truth is somewhere in between. When rational people of reason debate things with respect and intelligence, we can make a lot of progress towards common ground. For the record, I agree that exposing children of the age of Mrs. Seitz’s son to sex is a bad thing. I just don’t consider what she say to be “sex,” per se. As a parent, I found that children are amazingly resilient, and given a loving caring environment, they can handle a LOT of adversity. I know Mr. Seitz talked to her son about the commercial, explained it to him, and discussed what it means in the context of their morals and beliefs. Given that, I doubt a five-second glimpse of skin will be harmful to him in the long term.

        By all means, stand up for your beliefs. I respect that. A man who will stand for nothing will fall for anything. All I ask is that you allow me the right to disagree. Maybe between the two of us, we can come up with a solution that works for everyone.

         
      • Shostakovicz

        August 17, 2013 at 10:06 am

        Forgive me, I realized I didn’t completely answer your question.

        First, I don’t reject God. I simply see the divine differently from you.

        Second, I disagree with you that only the religious have a greater concept of morality. I have known, and still know, many non-religious people with a very deep sense of morality. They have a very clear definition of right and wrong, and it guides their lives as much as your or my religiously centered morality does ours.

        Third, I don’t feel society should reject all standards shared by Christians. Christianity has much to recommend it, and my faith shares many principles with it. I simply don’t feel that Christianity is the only basis for such standards. I feel such standard should impose as little restriction as needed. The First Amendment covers free speech, but contrary to what many think, it does not simply grant anyone the right to say anything at any time. The classic example is, of course, that it does not protect the right to shout “fire” in a crowded theater. Freedom of speech is not absolute, and the law has restricted it when there is a clear, compelling public interest in doing so, with the caveat that the restriction MUST be the least amount of restriction possible that accomplishes the end goal.

        So if we agree that there is a necessity to occasionally restrict speech for the good of society, the only question is where the line is drawn, and that’s where we disagree. Mrs. Seitz has linked a few times to a Psychology Today article that talks about the dangers of exposing young people to adult topics. While I agree that the article does say that, it doesn’t make clear what level of exposure is being postulated. I doubt that the article is saying that a single brief glimpse of nudity will damage a child for life. I would like to see the actual studies cited by the article so I could understand it better. Psych Today is a good magazine, but in its purpose to make Psychology more understandable to the layman, it can, of necessity, over simplify things.

        I feel that what she saw was not worthy of censorship. I also feel that by making such a huge fuss over it, she has given it much more power than it initially had. As a parent, I learned early on that the more attention I paid to something the kids did, the more they did it, even if they got in trouble for it. From a child’s perspective, getting grounded is STILL better than getting ignored. To me, the best solution would simply have been, “Well, that was interesting. Anyone want some breakfast?” If the child doesn’t see the parent making a fuss about it, it decreases in importance in their eyes, and therefore, there are less socially restrictive ways of handling this situation than to prevent EVERYONE EVERYWHERE from seeing the content that she found objectionable. Again, I think the solution should favor the least restrictive methods of control.

        Changing the channel is not “ceding the ground,” as our hostess has said. It’s simply the calm, rational way of handling it.

         
      • edmccray

        August 17, 2013 at 7:25 pm

        Shostakovicz – I fail to see what mechanism would be in place to ensure universal morality when a society is completely secular. Most religions share some general moral code regarding the respect of human life but once you remove that what’s to stop people from doing whatever they want when nothing matters with no moral absolutes? I would love to see things your way where people can be trusted to do the right thing but I’ve seen too many abuses of secular states to feel that’s such people can be trusted to ensure the rights of the individual.

        Restricting freedom of speech is a thorny issue. I don’t believe we should restrain people from saying or writing what they believe. But at the same time I don’t believe that our Founding Father had pornography in mind as “speech” when they authored the First Amendment.

        As a millennial I can tell you that the desensitization and exposure of many vices has changed the culture of my generation. I have seen things like drug use, promiscuous premarital sex, and having multiple babies by multiple men and you’re not even sure who the father become normal acceptable behaviors among my peers. From the time I came of age I’ve been hard-pressed in meeting many single women who do NOT expect to have sex on the first date. Thirty years ago Gene Roddenberry wanted to include a race of beings in Star Trek where sex had become like a handshake and the studio laughed it off as being ridiculous. We are now living in that society. How did we get here? Because, as children, my generation was desensitized to sex. I’ve read reports that throat cancer is on the rise in my generation because in my generation giving “Lewinskys” became a popular thing. After all, they were told it’s not sex when it is. Then there are studies that link it to the rise in throat cancer among young people. How can anyone say that the media doesn’t play a role in influencing how the culture sways?

        It’s a major turn off when you have such strict moral standards that it would seem the majority of your generation rejects in totality.

        You know, studies can say whatever the authors want them to day. I remember we were told all about the “proof” of gay animals in nature for years. Yesterday Yahoo news ran a story where they’re now walking that back. Where they once claimed homosexual encounters in the animal kingdom was a normal, deliberate action, now they claim most of these encounters are cases of mistaken identity. I.E. you have two males getting together one time because each believes the other is a female. We’ll see how much play this story now gets.

         
      • jewels

        August 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm

        Coyotev, you have made my day. Brilliant. Thanks to all of you who, Christian or not, have seen this issue for what it really is and have chosen to stand up and speak out. This is not about religion, but rather about decency and our underage children’s right to be protected. Christians are not the only people who value decency, especially when it comes to our children.

         
  30. Mark Giragosian

    August 15, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Rebecca,

    Best of luck here with all that you are doing. I just wrote a letter to the Board of Directors at Disney. I am questioning them as to if Disney truly shares my values or not. I am guessing you and others may be doing something similar. Let’s all work together and get Disney to answer as to why this happened on their network!

     
    • softballumpire

      August 18, 2013 at 9:06 am

      Disney has a channel dedicate to religion on abc family watch it and shut it

       
      • edmccray

        August 18, 2013 at 9:10 am

        That’s not very tolerant of you! :)

         
  31. Donald A Beers

    August 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    God Bless you Rebeca for standing up for what is right. My wife and I do not have a TV and we know that we miss some good programs but the filth has permeated almost everything. Last week I was out of town on business and I turned on the TV in my hotel room. Flipping through the channels I came upon a young girl interviewing some famous young rap artist named Romeo. The interview was taking place in his oversized “play room” which looked about the size of a large warehouse replete with basketball court, etc. He joked that she could wish for anything she wanted and so she threw out a couple of unusual item which he actually had in his “play room”. Then she wished “to make love aggressively with you”. The program was obviously targeted to teenagers and I cannot for the life of me understand what human being thinks that a remark like that is appropriate to teenagers. Unlike yourself I did not contact anyone or protest — but I should have. I am really fed up and just feel overwhelmed by people with no moral compass making bad decisions. I know that we, the decent people who I think make up the majority of the population, have to do something. Just throwing out my TV obviously has not made much of a difference.

    Don Beers

     
  32. Julie Love

    August 15, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I completely agree Rebeca and I thank you for speaking out about this. I have blocked every channel on my TV and try to keep TV responsible for my kids. We can’t control the commercials and I, too am tired of the endless commercials of cheating on spouses, etc. There are so many problems across the board. My kids used to love “The Suite Life” which is a show about twin tween boys living in a hotel where their mom works. One tween is the super smart one and one is the not so smart athletic one. Obviously there is a subtle message just in that. One day the kids were watching and I overhear the smart twin asking about a girlfriend. His athletic twin says he will choose for him. In walks a really adorable young lady. The athletic one says they won’t choose her. When his twin asks why, he tells him that she is “one of those smart chicks. Look she is carrying a chemistry book.” The next girl that walks in is obvious into athletics. The athletic twin tells his brother they can’t choose her because you don’t want a girl who can outrun you. The girl he chooses is obviously high maintenance, very shallow, into herself and clothes and acts ditzy.
    What is the message we just sent our girls? Don’t be smart or athletic. And the message to the boys was even worse in teaching them not to value a person who is nice.
    Why aren’t more people fighting this? I agree. We cannot walk away any longer and I will not apologize for my faith either.

     
    • Rich Theriault

      August 17, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      Julie,

      Hi Julie, 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. You substitue any other broadcast contentbyounish. It is called mytvchoice.

      No need to give up what you want because of the offensive commercials.

      Rich

       
  33. Ivana Yelich

    August 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Rebeca,

    Would you be available for an interview with Brian Lilley tomorrow, August 16, at 4:15pm ET, to discuss?

    The interview would be approximately five to seven minutes, live to tape.

    Hoping we can arrange for you to do the interview either in-studio or via Skype.

    This would be an on camera interview to broadcast as part of the show Byline, which airs on Sun News Network at 9pm ET.

    Please let me know if you would be at all available.

    Ivana Yelich
    ivana.yelich@sunmedia.ca

     
  34. Brian Fryman

    August 16, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Call and demand action from Disney! Disney owns ABC. Well done! Funny how people that want you to be more tolerant are closed minded to Christian standards and then typically start calling names. Stay strong. May the Lord continue to bless you and protect you.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 16, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Thanks, Brian!

       
    • edmccray

      August 18, 2013 at 9:08 am

      How is modesty forcing religion down your throat? I suppose it’s better to have a potty mouth like you. My, such language!

       
      • softballumpire

        August 18, 2013 at 11:12 pm

        You more worried over bare skin than potty mouth lol there words do they mean no harm.

         
      • edmccray

        August 19, 2013 at 3:37 am

        Both are vile vices.

         
  35. Bobby

    August 16, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Keep fighting the good fight of faith!!! I was recently appalled at the Kmart “big gass savings” ads and even zipcar advertising “never miss a bootycall” for all to see on subway cars in NY. We are soooo desensitized!!! Check out Time Changer on youtube. This movie is a great visual to the times that we are living in.

     
  36. Christina

    August 16, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Your interview with CNN was on air in the lobby of my work this morning – made for interesting water cooler conversation. :0) Good – because people need to think and more importantly stand up for their convictions. I am sure you’re getting a lot of flack – hang in there! You’ve done a good thing even though I’m sure it probably feels like that saying ‘no good deed goes unpunished’ at the moment!

     
  37. Mr Steve

    August 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Rebeca,

    The first I heard of this was on the Laura Ingram radio show today. I’d like to encourage you to be strong. Don’t let the critics get you down.

    What I’d like to know is: what ever happened to common respect?

    Some are content to make the world around them into a pig sty. I don’t understand why we are criticized for not wanting ourselves and our children to wallow in it with them.

     
    • softballumpire

      August 18, 2013 at 9:03 am

      Common respect your forcing your beliefs and views down other people throat cause you don’t agree with what you saw. grow up

       
      • Mr Steve

        August 19, 2013 at 4:12 pm

        So, others can force their behaviors and beliefs on me, and I’m just supposed to shut up and take it? When I turn on a national news program, I’ve invited that news into my house on the understanding that they will show me news — not porn. They’ve violated that tacit agreement.

         
  38. Tiffany

    August 16, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    It’s just a commercial. That’s when you say “uh oh, don’t look,” and don’t make it a big deal to peak interest. That was not the time to rewind and take a picture. I agree, I don’t want my kids watching this either. Complain all you want, but your child’s exposure to such filth should not be a time for you to bank on the publicity. Go ahead and keep up your fight, but try not to shine so much in the limelight.

     
  39. TELESA JONES

    August 16, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    THANK YOU for enlightening people concerning the fact that G/PG rated films generate the most revenues – I’ve been trying to explain this FOR YEARS!

    Also, THANK YOU for encouraging others to CHALLENGE the GARBAGE seeping into our living spaces sans our permission!

     
  40. Gabriel

    August 17, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    The pretension; I found it offensive enough to want to find this blog. One would think that nipples, penises, vaginas and anuses are all things that deviant people get implanted, exclusively. When some of you get naked, are you pixelated? Do your bodies lack sexual characteristics like Barbie dolls? People like Seitz are responsible for perpetuating the childish attitude toward sex that plagues Americans; a truly sad uneasiness with all of the functions of our own bodies. We could take a lesson from the Europeans. I suppose all of your children came about through immaculate conception.

     
    • BJS

      August 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      Sex was meant to be between 2 people who love each other. I don’t think we need nudity in order to make a commericial or nudity and foul language to make a good film.

       
      • Gabriel

        August 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm

        I agree that sex is not necessary in every film, but forbidding the depiction of sex in all media is like forbidding the use of the color green in photography. Sex and sexual desire are parts of life, which the ad depicted.
        The hysteria surrounding this is more about our puritan anxiety regarding sex and our bodies, clumsily disguised as morality. It’s a bunch of finger-wagging “no-nos” regarding our “wee-wees” and “hoo-hahs”, which we want to pretend don’t exist. I mean, at one point in this blog, Rebeca Seitz even laments that the image would forever be burned into the mind of her 8 year-old boy; so what is she saying? Did she fantasize with never letting him find out that people have sex? Does she want him to forever view sex with the mentality of an 8 year-old, like too many of us?

        Collectively, we suffer deeply because of these infantile, repressive delusions, which are second-hand in their acquisition. When we teach our kids that sex is something evil to depict, we are encouraging them to think that it is “naughty”; we are setting our children up to feel deep shame about something that their bodies will biologically crave. Projecting our own uneasiness with the sexual aspects of our nature onto our children is psychologically cruel.
        With all this talk about how sex was “meant to be”, how can we overlook a hint as obvious as the fact that we were born to want it?

        It’s a long fall from the heights of righteousness to the depths of hypocrisy.

         
      • BJS

        August 19, 2013 at 2:52 pm

        Not forbidding sex or foul language for ones who want it, but it is being forced upon us. There are no comment warning that there are adult scenes or foul language like done for movies for those who do not want to be subjected to it. . There are no reason the media can’t keep the adult stuff to adult airing times.

         
  41. Jason Barlow

    August 17, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    You people are lazy and sanctimonious. It isn’t the media’s job to raise your kids or teach christian values. Advertisers’ place ads for the target audience of a show. Good Morning America (or whatever show she said was on when the XXX commercial aired) is a show who’s target audience is adults. Consequently, they advertise to adults.

    If you don’t want your son to be exposed to adult topics, you shouldn’t watch adult shows around him. Watch Nickelodeon or cartoons.

    If you spent as much time teaching your children right from wrong as you have trying to “teach the network a lesson” and mobilize your moron army, your kid would be better equipped to see normal things like a man and a women kissing.

    BTW, Jesus taught tolerance.

     
    • edmccray

      August 17, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      No one is saying that it’s the media’s job to raise our kids.

      F.Y.I. Jesus also taught right and wrong. :)

       
    • Christine Read

      August 18, 2013 at 2:34 am

      You are right that it is not the media’s job to raise our kids or teach Christian values,which is exactly why we don’t appreciate them undermining our efforts. You are right that the advertisers place adds targeting the adult audience for Good Morning America, but that does not mean they don’t have an obligation to decency when the audience most certainly will contain children. I grew up watching the Today Show in the summertime at my Grandparents and they always had it on when we were having breakfast. Of course, this was 40 years ago, but I can tell you there were no commercials containing nude people in the midst of a sex scene EVER shown then. If you think people were backwards and old fashioned at that time, think again. It is just that there was some semblance of decency and respect still then that we don’t have in culture now. This is not even about faith or religion, this is about a little moral decency that apparently many people no longer have. If this sort of thing does not bother you, then your conscience has been so dulled, that you think everyone is on a religious kick when they simply point out right and wrong, or decency and indecency. Just remember what Jesus said about the person who causes “one of these little ones to stumble” (he was talking about children of course). He said it would be better for that person to have a millstone cast around his neck and be thrown into the sea. That is a pretty stern warning,

       
      • Chicho Blanco

        August 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm

        Do you mean “Christian values” like hating other people and being outraged that the government doesn’t allow you to use religion to bully gay folks?

         
      • Christine Read

        August 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm

        Chico, just want to make sure you understand that Christian values do not promote or encourage or endorse hatred of any person. No one has a right to bully anybody – that is wrong. And if a person does do this, they are wrong. Where do you get the idea that Christians hate and bully people? The only religion that bullies and executes homosexuals is Islam. And I know a lot of atheists which DO bully and mock Christian believers, because of their faith.

         
      • Karen

        August 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm

        Thank you Christine for stating that this is not about faith or religion. I was raised going to church most of my life, but I have decided my beliefs are otherwise. But no matter what, we need to put boundaries around what children are exposed to on a daily basis. It is common sense and common decency. Many of us standing our ground have been around long enough to see the deterioration of core values, respect for another and just human decency. Crime is not only higher than when I was young child, the crimes are much more brutal and mental illness seems to be on the rise as well. Whatever the reasons are for these changes, not having core values and kindness toward mankind is the foundation that keeps people rooted. And it’s not just the children that need boundaries, even more so, the adults need boundaries. Again, this has nothing to do about religion and we need to quit using religion to build this foundation as religion too is deteriorating. We need to continue to fight to protect our children, demand respect and decency and letting inappropriate content exploit all of our lives. Was this commercial inappropriate for children? Absolutely! Is it inappropriate for adults, no, but should not be shown at a time when children are most likely be present. Is hard core inappropriate for everyone, absolutely in my humble opinion, and never necessary. We need to focus on what is healthy for the human race and continue the fight to protect our children and ourselves. This fight is just not yours along Rebecca. We all need to support you. Let us know how we can help win this fight.

         
    • BJS

      August 18, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Yes, Jesus taught tolerance, for the ingnorant, ones you didn’t know any better. Makes me wonder what your values are.

       
  42. Michael

    August 17, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Filth? Garbage? Are you kidding? You find this promo scene, which includes a half second shot of a naked man and a woman apparently making love (with no “private” areas visible at all), so offensive but watching the news at 8 in the morning with your children of actual killing, torture, kidnappings, murder, suicides, drugs, accidents and disease is not a problem at all.

    What hypocrisy.

     
    • Christine Read

      August 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Well if even Facebook found the scene offensive and indecent, then why should it be plastered all over the nation at this hour? It is not that such activity is indecent, it is that it is not to be viewed by everyone, especially children who don’t have the maturity level yet to process this properly. This is why people can’t get naked in a park and have sex. You will get arrested if you try. Why? It is not appropriate, it is considered “indecent exposure.” It should be done in private. As for the other evils of mankind you mentioned, that is not “not a problem at all.” Who does not have a problem with such evil? They report it on the news, but usually give a warning about pictures “being graphic and may not be suitable for all viewers.” That gives a person time to change the channel, or whatever. I actually think there needs to be a lot more outrage over evil behaviors like murders, abuse, sex-trafficking, robberies, kidnappings, etc. But what is lacking is people’s sense of decency and dulled conscience toward evil and sin. Obviously.

       
      • jewels

        August 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm

        Exactly. Thank you.

         
  43. George Hayward

    August 17, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Hey Rebeca, I’m totally with you if want to do something about this. What about starting a petition (forgive me if this is repetitive, I only read about half of the comments)? I’m not sure how many signatures we’d need to get momentum going, but if it were passed around the right circles it could certainly take off. Here’s a link to a potential site to use. Let me know if I can help! This issue is so pressing in our country. http://www.change.org/start-a-petition

     
    • Russ Isaacson

      August 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      I agree, please start a petition on change.org and send a link to it so we can all sign it. I think it would gain momentum pretty fast.

       
  44. edmccray

    August 18, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I wasn’t aware that ABC family was a religious channel. Have you ever watched it? What are you talking about?

     
    • softballumpire

      August 18, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Watch abc family learn to read. that channel has a couple hrs dedicated to religion.

       
      • edmccray

        August 18, 2013 at 9:37 am

        So a couple of hours of religious programming makes you a religious channel? By that definition all of the general networks are religious channels then because all of them air a few hours of religious programming every week.

         
    • softballumpire

      August 18, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      edmccray- I really don’t care your religion or what you believe in i can respect your right to religion but i will not respect your big mouth that other people in teh world don’t care or see the same views as you. Secondly we have hospitals cops and government for a reason that was not cause of religion. I don’t need to be torlate of the hate on this page.

       
      • edmccray

        August 19, 2013 at 3:36 am

        So in other words you’re perfectly fine stomping on the rights of Christians because they’re Christians and you have no respect for them? Thank you!

        Actually, no. All of those institutions I listed began BECAUSE of Christianity. READ A HISTORY BOOK.

        There is no hate on this page. Christians do not hate people.

         
  45. edmccray

    August 18, 2013 at 9:11 am

    And what place do we need to learn?

     
  46. Chicho Blanco

    August 18, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I might actually have some sympathy for you if it wasn’t for your bigoted garbage about sex only being between a married man and woman. Unmarried people have sex and there isn’t anything wrong with that. Gay folks have sex too and there isn’t anything wrong with that either. Keep your hetero normative, right wing bull crap to yourself. I says this as a straight man.

     
    • Christine Read

      August 20, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      Actually, unmarried sex is immoral. It leads to unwed pregnancies, rampant sexually transmitted diseases, sex without love and meaning and emotional attachment. It cheapens sex, most especially for women. I am not trying to be religious here, and I don’t in anyway think sex is evil – I think it is fantastic, actually. I am telling you that it is meant to be done within marriage only. Why? Because it is meant to be a bond between a man and a woman. That is the vehicle for bringing children into the world within a special and sacred family unit. The family unit is the building block for a strong society. I know so many don’t know this and don’t believe it anymore. I also know there have been and are horrible marriages with messed-up, abusive spouses (that would be called sin). I know there are single moms and dads doing a fantastic job with raising children. I know there are gay couples raising children and taking great care of them. But this does not negate the fact that the best and ideal design and plan is for a man to marry a woman, for their commitment to each other to be for life, and for them to welcome children and raise them up in a strong, healthy, moral and wise way to be a blessing to society and not a curse. A lot of problems in this nation would not exist if people lived this way, and there simply is not a downside to such a lifestyle.

       
  47. Kevin Provance

    August 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    “How do we justify seeing evil and walking away?”

    Sex isn’t evil. I don’t care what your god says.

     
    • Suzanne

      August 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      I don’t know what your god says, but my God never said that sex, in itself, is evil. It’s the perversion of it that is wrong.

       
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 20, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Hi, Kevin. Thanks for your comment. As you can see in my original post, I do not believe (nor does God say) that sex is evil. Sex is exquisite. Incredible. Mind-boggling. Showing sex to children? That’s evil. Degrading sex by using it as a tool to titillate viewers and increase audience share? That’s evil.

       
      • jewels

        August 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm

        Well said.

         
    • jewels

      August 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      You are right. Sex isn’t evil. That isn’t what we are talking about. Not protecting children from sexual content is.

       
  48. Chelsea

    August 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks so much for starting this conversation. I had a similar incident occur last fall. We have a tradition of watching Saturday morning college football in my family. My husband and then two year old son were watching a game at 9am on Saturday morning when an ad for a horror movie aired on ESPN. My husband grew up watching sports on TV. There weren’t ads between the plays that caused his parents to worry about having to flip the channel really quick. They could just leave a game on while going about whatever else they wanted to do and check in on it from time to time. Not now. We have to be in front of the TV with the remote in hand to quickly change the channel at commercial breaks.

    I emailed ESPN my complaint and said, I understand college students are watching this. But shouldn’t sports be something a family can enjoy? The only response I got was thanking me for my letter and that they’d read it when they had the time.

    I used to watch the Today show, too. But the commercials and content of some of the programs, even in the early morning left me no choice but to stop watching, or just give in to Disney Jr. I will say this, the one channel that seems to do a great job of not airing racy or violent ads in between shows is HGTV and Food Network.

    Anyways, thanks so much for your post and for braving the onslaught of comments and inquiries you’ve received these last few days. Good luck continuing the fight. :)

     
    • richt619

      August 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Hi Chelsea,

      You are why I founded mytvchoice. It allows you to watch live tv (aka sports) and avoid the commercials entirely. During the commercial break it automatically switches your TV to a broadcast channel you have chosen. When the commercial break is ended it returns automatically to the game without missing any action. Check out the videos on the home and about pages of the website (www.mytvchoice.com). I think you will relate to the experience on the home page!

      Let me know your feedback. Thanks

      Rich

       
      • Jon S.

        August 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm

        so in essence your invention is “stealing” from those TV programs. Those ads are what pays for the TV program. By not watching the commercials you are essentially “stealing” television. Read this article: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120525/04185919074/tv-networks-file-legal-claims-saying-skipping-commercials-is-copyright-infringement.shtml

        yes, you are watching another channel, but that’s the whole point. You’re not watching the commercials for the tv show that you are watching. It’s why downloading the simspsons TV shows from websites is also stealing, even though most people get FOX for free, the commercials are paying for the television show and the actors’ salaries.

         
      • richt619

        August 18, 2013 at 4:23 pm

        Hi Jon,

        Thanks for your input.

        I disagree. The content is being paid for once already by everybody that has cable. In the case of sports for example 1/2 of everyone’s basic cable bill already goes to sports, 1/4 to espn. In fact that was why cable charged subscribers money. Cable was initially sold to everyone as supposed to ad-free. In any event under your definition we should all be forced to sit and watch every commercial.

        The legal aspects of this have all been mostly tried a long time ago when networks tried to outlaw DVR’s.

        If the industry gives people what they want they wont have a problem. If people are OK with the commercials then there will be no customers for mytvchoice. In any event, the entire landscape is being reworked. It is similar to when digital music became inevitable. The industry reworked itself. That will happen here as well.

        Rich

         
  49. niki lee

    August 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    right on!

     
  50. BJS

    August 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    We used to have good movies. They were like the movies of today but without all the crusing and nudity. Our children grew up to respect people and their bodies and that sex was a result of love between 2 people. With whats on today its no wonder so many of our children & young adults have no respect for even human life. Yes, I do blame the type of movies and magazines being shown today for this. Because its a money maker looks like we can do nothing to stop it due to greed not our children. Some say turn it off but sometimes its to late as you when it comes unexpected.

     
  51. niki lee

    August 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    i’m a real ‘lefty,’ but, that image was incorrect at that time in that place for billions of reasons. thanks and good luck.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 20, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks, niki lee!

       
  52. niki lee

    August 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    that’s not nice. be nice. argue fairly.

     
  53. Jennifer Grenko

    August 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Right on Rebecca! Thank you for taking it on. I don’t see these ads because I rarely watch tv but it sickens me that a network would put this on knowing that families are tuning in. I honestly think it’s too racy for night time or even late night. I really think these networks need to step back and think about their responsibility to society. There just doesn’t seem to be any honor within the media anymore.

     
  54. nancy mcgrath

    August 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    You go Rebecca. This is not a first, take closer looks at everything they are feeding us on TV!!

     
  55. Jon S.

    August 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    The best thing you probably should have done is turned the channel, and not made such a fuss. If you had done that, this whole ad would have gone on unnoticed and even more people would not have seen it. Therefore, by calling attention to this “softcore porn:” that you are against, you have caused more people to view it. Hence, your cause has done the very thing it is against, called more attention to something you want to apparently stop. So… what is the point?

    Also, please be aware that not everyone has the same standards as you do. I don’t find the ad offensive at all. I have no problem with it. Why should a small group of people be able to censor what a larger group can see and when they can see it? I feel that if the majority of the United State feels that it is not offensive, then there should be no recourse. The needs of the many should outweigh the needs of the few, and the viewpoints of the few should not dictate the viewpoints of the many.

     
  56. Jon S.

    August 18, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    this is a very interesting article for all the family friendly shows out there:

    http://www.cracked.com/article_19966_5-inexplicably-creepy-episodes-family-friendly-tv-shows.html

     
  57. Winter Snow

    August 18, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    How refreshing. A mother with BALLS. I wish there were more Rebeca Seitzs out there. If there were, I think we would have less teen pregnancy, drug use, runaways, suicides, etc. What some may call “over parenting” I call being a parent. Taking a stand, drawing a line in the sand, setting a standard for your kids to live their life by. Not feeding your kids to the wolves, by allowing others to determine what your kids’ values and beliefs will be. Parents who choose to be lazy because it is easier to throw in the towel than take a stand, good luck. Happy “under parenting.” Either way, you get what you work for.

     
    • softballumpire

      August 18, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      ha that laughable.

       
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 20, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Winter Snow, you made me – and my hubby – smile. Thanks!!

       
  58. Joe

    August 18, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Rebecca, we are a very conservative christian family who share your concerns. I recently (2012) chose not to watch the NFL with my children around because of the horror flick trailers and sexualized adverts. I also have grown disgusted with the inclusion of an openly homosexual individual in almost every storyline from movies (see Adventureland Kristen Stewart rant) to sitcoms to news shows. Sexuality, violence, and the paranormal are not topics appropriate for my young children so I recently cancelled the cable box and subscription and opted for the bare minimum package with my modem. This saved me almost 70.00 per month, and gives me more time with my family. You see, we no longer live in a majority christian nation. This minority status is the historic norm, but we were fortunate to live in the US during a true golden age of morality and godliness. That morality is gone, and most intelligent people you consider peers are not having children and do not care about TV content not being suitable for all audiences. They care about material goods and immediate pleasures. The earth is Satan’s domain, and we are under constant spiritual “attack.” The ideologues will not relent until your children are desensitized to human fornication, violence, and centralized mind control. Get rid of the TV. Do not try and change this world, for we are not of this world; instead, spend your efforts on the great commission.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 20, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Hi, Joe. Thanks for your comments. It is a conundrum, isn’t it? A valued pastor friend of mine often reminds us that we pray, “Thou will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…” We skip the “on earth” part. It’s easier to focus on the “in heaven” part. But Jesus taught us to pray for His will to be done here, as well as there, right? We are His. We serve to bring His will to fruition on earth, as it is in heaven. We are in the world, without being of it. We have no right or ability as obedient people of faith to disengage from the time and place in which we’ve been put – rather, we are called specifically TO change the broken parts of the world. To restore wholeness through Him. It is how the world sees His love – through His healing, his ability to change, to inspire, to heal. Jesus did not come and live apart from a depraved, hurting, broken society. He lived in it, to bring love and mercy to it with His life.

       
  59. Cam

    August 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Rebeca, Thanks for saying what so many of us feel. I salute Shostakovicz for debating without debasing or slinging crude slogans or emotional tirades. In the end, whether you base your values on Christianity or some sense that young children are not ready to deal with adult topics; questioning why a major network doesn’t control its day time content is right on target!.

    I recall many years ago a sage friend described his dilemma as he served in Viet Nam. He said that every time he fired a howitzer, it bothered him and his value system; but that over time the stress from competing values eroded his sense of wrong. I conclude that adult entertainment has eroded our value systems such that most of us forget that we really don’t want to see or show our young children violently or sexually explicit programs.

    Rebeca, I salute you and your supporters and wonder why some contrarians seem so intent on attcking you and your value system. They just seem to want to yell obsenities without any logic or effort to discuss an opinion that is diffferent.

     
  60. Joe

    August 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Rebecca, one more thing. You commented that your effort to fight the morality shift in morning TV is to prevent your children from inheriting a deprave public communication medium. Remember that it is far better to clothe your children in the word of G-d, to teach them the ways of the world, and to have them inherit the kingdom of Heaven. Joe.

     
  61. William J. Kelleher, Ph.D.

    August 18, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    The ad is indecent, inappropriate at any time, and disgusting. I’m an atheist, and think its a distraction to bring Christianity into the discussion, because its irrelevant.

     
    • Suzanne

      August 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Why is bringing Christianity into the discussion a distraction. You brought your unbelief into the discussion. All of our beliefs or lack thereof are relevant. Remember…free speech.

       
    • Joe

      August 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      William, why do you think that sexualized advertisements are inappropriate and disgusting? What moral compass guides your particular value set? Is it that you live in 2013? Perhaps if you lived in the 19th century you would be slightly more conservative? In my estimation you are a prisoner of the moment who enjoys the liberal position of being against the objectification of woman. The graphic scenes in question are very appropriate for those individuals who have the ability to CHOOSE to consume them, and who also do not mind desensitizing themselves to filth in exchange for brief pleasure. I am a libertarian at heart, and believe in freedom. That is why I espouse cutting off the cable, rather than forcing my ideology on everyone else. Joe.

       
    • Joe

      August 18, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      William, I just read about you. Your pioneering work is fascinating. The related concepts of pleasure versus joy, and the absolutes of morality, would be something I believe I would like to hear you lecture on. My opinion as a physician is that these attributes are hardwired into us for survival (by G-d or evolution, your pick) but a logic derived value system which seeks to codify these principles we were born with would be a welcome text for Christians and Atheists alike.

       
  62. Nate Laabs

    August 18, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I think the term soft porn is being misappropriated here; perhaps the better term to use is obscene content. The parent response to the ad is wholly subjective based on what offends her and what she does not want her children to see. Pornography, by definition, is clear cut and its definition has historically included discussion of graphic images that include sexual activity and sexual organs. Not to boil all this down to semantics, but it seems that Ms. Seitz is content to use a buzz phrase, in this case, ‘soft porn,’ to shore up support for an advertisement that she–and likely others–found offensive and ill-timed. It does make for effective rhetoric and appears to have proven successful in getting others to voice their concerns, but I cannot help but think of the statement, “I know it when I see it…” the ‘it’ being obscenity in the Supreme Court case of Jacobellis vs. Ohio. You can use a loaded word like ‘porn,’ which has a clear cut definition (and one that is entirely out of line with the content of the commercial), or you can use the word obscene–a word that allows for greater subjectivity. I understand your concern that the commercial aired during non-primetime hours, but I think you’ve also given the show some free advertising by your unfortunate choice of words.

     
  63. Devon Magallon

    August 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I really don’t believe any of this is necessary. In the imagery “Betrayal” chose to use, there was nothing inappropriate involved. No genitalia or breasts were even shown. GET A LIFE!

     
  64. Iadara

    August 18, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Hi Rebeca, I’m a total stranger to you, will probably never post to you again, etc, etc. But just so you and your family know, this goes far beyond religious values. I am a very liberal, registered Libertarian Pagan woman with a 14 year old step son. We do not allow him to watch stuff like this. I find it offensive, regardless of my own sexual liberality. It has no place on TV any time before 10PM and even with it being a major, non cable network, I almost would say it doesn’t belong there at all. As an example, I have been watching the mini-series, The White Queen and it’s pretty good so far, but do we really need so much sex? In the first one hour installment, there were 4 (yeah, I counted) sex scenes. Now, I would tend to agree with most of my friends and colleagues and say that I’d rather see sex than violence, but why the excess of either/both? A great story can be told without pandering to the lowest common denominator. Sex and violence certainly both have their places in literature, movies, etc., however, that place is not at 8-9AM during the Today Show. Blech.

     
    • niki lee

      August 18, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      exactly. i was nauseated: who wants to strange sex during breakfast. ew.

       
    • Elizabeth K.

      August 19, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Ladara, thanks for pointing out the false sex/violence dichotomy. It’s always strange to me when people say that, as if shows aren’t created but some to us wholecloth, and we must obviously choose one or the other. Why not neither? I mean, I like food, but I don’t like to watch extended segments of people chewing. It’s boring, and kind of gross after a while, actually.

       
  65. KatieStarr

    August 18, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    “so in essence your invention is “stealing” from those TV programs. Those ads are what pays for the TV program. By not watching the commercials you are essentially “stealing” television”

    Oh, my, that was great! They say laughter is the best medicine, and, Jon, you just gave me a large dose of laughter. Stealing from TV. lol! Oh, wow! The majority of people I know switch channels during ads on both TV and radio. I guess you better lock us all up! rotflol!

    “Also, please be aware that not everyone has the same standards as you do. I don’t find the ad offensive at all. I have no problem with it. Why should a small group of people be able to censor what a larger group can see and when they can see it? I feel that if the majority of the United State feels that it is not offensive, then there should be no recourse. The needs of the many should outweigh the needs of the few, and the viewpoints of the few should not dictate the viewpoints of the many.”

    You need to do a wee bit more research, friend.

     
  66. James Spicer

    August 18, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I send my young ones to a school that only lets them watch TV that has been approved by whoever has the best moral standards. That way, they can develop the habit of watching TV without ever being harmed by that stuff deemed immoral by that person who has the highest moral standards.. What a life lesson! To some, letting your kid watch TV is immoral. They’re crazy!

     
  67. Greg Brooks

    August 19, 2013 at 12:19 am

    You are an absolute idiot. All of the violence you Christians promote through your bible on a daily basis and you’re upset over a little bit of skin on TV. Grow up and maybe your kids will mature normally.

     
    • edmccray

      August 19, 2013 at 3:56 am

      The violence in the Bible is there for a reason. In many cases to make the case AGAINST violence. Reading about violence is not the same as SEEING it GRAPHICALLY depicted on TV or in a film.

       
    • Elizabeth K.

      August 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      Hey Greg, could you provide an example of Christians promoting violence through their Bibles on a daily basis (remember, you said daily, so please no references to the Crusades or the Inquisition, thanks so much). I’m truly curious about where this is happening, but I’m sure you can provide tons of examples. Thanks.

       
  68. Brian

    August 19, 2013 at 6:00 am

    You’ll realize just how unimportant and insignificant all this is once you realize that if you’d slept in for another 30 seconds, you’d never had seen the ad and subsequently would’ve never been able to grab your 15 minutes of fame.

     
  69. numbmum

    August 19, 2013 at 9:56 am

    “WHAT? Television is one of – if not the – most powerful, effective forms of media for transmitting our beliefs, our cultural norms, what we deem entertaining and encouraging as a society. I’m trying desperately to understand the merits of just removing ourselves from it.”

    Perhaps once upon a time television was what you describe. Today, if TV is truly transmitting our cultural norms, we are, in a word, screwed. TV is merely a medium for advertising revenue at the expense of our intelligence and sanity. What few programs there are of any redeeming value do not make up for the sheer magnitude of alarmist, violent, depraved, consumerist garbage that prevails. Killing our televisions is a good start in my book.

     
  70. Elizabeth K.

    August 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Rebecca, as an English professor, I agree with you that tv (and books, movies, etc.) are powerful expressions of who and where we are as a culture. As you well know, what is created also *shapes* the culture. We had a better understanding of this in the past: how the moral imagination gets shaped, why we introduce children to certain ideas at certain times. I am saddened, too, that there are those who would rather just cede the culture to the barbarians and move on–that’s never the answer. The greatest literature, art, etc., of the past 2,000 years has come from the Judeo-Christian culture and those who wrestle with its truths in one way or another. The greatest Christian art (and I would include everyone from Dostoevsky to Dean Koontz in this camp) speaks to the culture at large, not to a niche group. It’s never about niceness, but about what it is to be human in a fallen world after the Resurrection. Now, how do we translate that into better tv shows? :)

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 19, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      Hi, Elizabeth. Thanks for your comment. In answer to your question – I’m a’workin’ on it! :) Seriously, we’re grateful to support artists over at SON: Spirit Of Naples (spiritofnaples.com) in getting their projects (TV, film, and books) off the ground. It’s a young non-profit, though, so we’re only now beginning to make real headway. I’m also a content creator with a TV movie in the works, which will hopefully open the door to it becoming a TV series. And, of course, we promote good content through Glass Road. I’m not kidding when I say we’ve gotta do something!

      All my life, I’ve believed it is so important that we not only say, “No,” to the kind of stuff that was promoted during GMA, but work hard to create something we say, “Yes,” to. Others can say, “Yes,” to shows like Betrayal. We live in a fallen, broken world and that’s to be expected and we can’t take away an adult’s ability to choose that content since God gives us free will. But the scale has tipped so far that it’s very hard for us to find something we WANT to watch or read. I fervently desire to be a part of creating content we want and can access easily.

      And, by the way – KOONTZ! Ah, one of my faves.

       
      • Elizabeth K.

        August 19, 2013 at 6:07 pm

        I think what you’re doing is fantastic; I will definitely be checking out the SON site. I love Koontz, too–am deeply in love with the Odd Thomas series. And if you haven’t, be sure to read The Taking–really chilling and smart, with my beloved T.S Eliot woven through the book. May God bless your efforts in creating more diverse creative content!

         
  71. JL

    August 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    With you, with you, with you. I just told my husband two days ago: why is it that the women on TV lately, and I was referring to morning TV, look like they are either (a) going to a cocktail party or (b) work for an escort service!!?? It’s disgusting. They are reporting the news! I have three sons aged 7 and under. I am so sad that this is what they COULD grow up thinking is normal, or that this is what women “should” look like. I don’t let them watch TV, by the way. We do DVDs or I record something appropriate here and there and I zoom past the commercials, if any. I was proven right again when after my sons were in bed for the night, my husband was surfing channels and it landed on a long commercial of a promo for new sports show. I forget the name of it now, but it was 4 gentleman and 1 lady hosting this new program. I immediately said, “See what I mean!!?? Her skirt is up to ‘there’ !!” (motioned up to my high thigh area) My husband will occasionally let the boys see parts of football games, etc and pause on commercial. Drives me crazy, but you get the point. The sex, the violence. It’s all too much for me. And WAY to much for young children. I taught for 10 years before staying home with my boys. Always made me so sad the things children were exposed to and knew about before they should have.

     
  72. Michelle Wyson

    August 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I’m following your story and this is unbelievable! What can we do? I want to help. I have 5 children under the age of 16 and I would die if we would have seen that scene. Just awful.

     
  73. Jinafer Marie sharp

    August 19, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    You go Mom…I agree with you 1000% TV these days are down the toilet …..it’s so sad. I never had to worry growing up in 70’s. wholesome shows always. I stand behind you all the way

     
  74. edmccray

    August 19, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    What I love, Elizabeth, is how the people who advocate for the decline in culture claim that media (books, music, film, video games, etc.) has no effect on the culture. This is how they ALWAYS justify it. Look at all of the music that degrades women, glorifies violence and drugs, and puts down authority figures. Yet we are told that has no effect on those who listen to it. We know better.

     
    • jewels

      August 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Yes we do. At least anyone who takes the time to actually do the research… or has some common sense.

       
      • edmccray

        August 27, 2013 at 6:18 pm

        It’s common sense that the media influence behavior by normalizing behaviors as acceptable. The research proves this is a FACT.

         
  75. Lindz

    August 19, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    I am with you! I have two sons, 7 and 5 years old. Nothing makes me more mad then how networks put sex on display for our children. Reminds me of the commercial during the Super bowl this year for Carls Jr, when the model took off her top and covered her boobs with her arm. DISGUSTING! So happy my son wasn’t in the room for that one. He had just left. Haven’t been back to Carl’s Jr. since. Sex is a beautiful thing between two people that love and respect one another. Let the creepy, perverts get their porn somewhere else!

     
  76. Fiona

    August 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Sex has nothing to do with religion and since when did TV sign up to be aligned with Christian values? Do Islamists expect it to align with their religion? Do Jews expect it to reflect their religious values? Why would you expect it to revolve around your religion?

    I do think it is regrettable to put sexual images on television during hours when children might be watching – they may have difficulty understanding what is fundamentally an adult activity and since it is not one they are physically or psychologically ready to understand, they may find it disturbing.

    What shocks me more is that your 8-year old’s day starts in front of GAM. To my mind, that is pretty sloppy parenting. Stick your kids in front of the TV so you don’t have to communicate, educate or connect with them?

    I also will never get over how violence is such an acceptable value but showing a breast, a beautiful part of a woman’s anatomy, or a sexual act (again, mostly a beautiful thing) is reason for major outcry or censorship.

    TV is just a slew of killings, threats, fear, blood and violence. And you don’t have to look any further to understand why this is such a relatively violent country. That’s where you should be trying to initiate change. That, and not dumping your kids in front of the TV.

     
    • Jane Hoagland

      August 19, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Re: Starting the day in front of Good Morning America.
      In the original blog post, this mom described viewing GMA with her son and using it as a teaching tool to discuss current events and explore ways they could help people.
      Given the animated discussion of the blog, that detail would be easy to miss.
      Kudos to this mom for not only watching together, but talking together with her kids about the program.
      ~JH, author, family therapist

       
  77. Lela

    August 19, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    To answer you question of “What will our children have in 10 years?” That is plain and simple: they will be well educated and love books and playing outside and doing productive things and won’t be interested in TV so much as the current generation. And, if they do turn on the TV, they’ll have morals that will guide them away from such filth as this kind of stuff. If this is the only stuff on they’ll decide it’s not worth it and turn it off, or they’ll decide to throw out everything we’ve taught them and make their own choices as adults and that’s okay too because we did our best to teach them what was right. (I haven’t stopped watching TV, but I’ve turned it off 95% of the day and rarely do I watch anything that I wouldn’t also let my 2 year old watch, and normally that’s because of the hour it comes on, not the content.)

     
  78. Itzel

    August 19, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Yes something should be done. How can I help?

     
  79. Vince

    August 19, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Is anyone struck by the hypocrisy of this? All of the collective “outrage” over some skin, but nary a word about the image of an automatic handgun firing off in slow motion… Not to mention the show’s theme, which centers around deceit… Our nation is living in a bubble in which we condone (and in some cases glorify) violence – especially killing – and tolerate themes of deceit, lying, and betrayal, and somehow that doesn’t bother us for our children to witness those. However, show a flash of skin, and we feel personally violated. The Christian right gives cover to this false morality instead of calling out our timidity in living into the actual words of Jesus. Why not register some righteous outrage over the level of violence in our culture? It seems the Christian right is among the most vocal of the “support our troops” nonsense, and rarely stands up to violent movies, video games, and harmful television themes – they save their outrage for any flash of skin – even artistic nudity (not that this was artistic – far from it, but your objection wasn’t the context of the nudity, but the very fact that it was there – had it been a Titian painting, my guess is that you would have still had a thrombo.) Sorry, the skin is nothing compared to what you chose to ignore.

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 20, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      Hi, Vince. Thank you for your comment. Several have voiced outrage over the violence on television. We are not exposed to that as much since we don’t watch those shows in our home (I do watch NCIS – after the kiddos have gone to bed) and I haven’t yet seen their graphic images displayed in commercials during morning news television. I’m told there was a gun being shot at the end of the ad that contained the naked people having sex. I didn’t see that portion – I didn’t allow the rest of the ad to play in my home. I have also spoken out about how sad it is to have shows like Betrayal that glorify the breaking of marriage vows, in addition to show titles like Pretty Little Liars, Scandal, Mistresses, etc. The themes we’re offered under the guise of “entertainment” are rather abysmal.

      I have been confused by the assumption that, because I didn’t want my eight-year-old to see graphic sexual images, I’m fine with him seeing graphic violent images. First, the idea that an understanding of violence and sex occurs along the same track disturbs me greatly. They are two very different things. Second, of course I do not show my children graphic violent images. Why is it an either/or conversation? Third, and finally, I did not raise the issue of violence in my post because (a) we didn’t see images of violence in this ad and (b) we haven’t seen images of violence in other ads during morning news television.

       
    • jewels

      August 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Those who embrace decency do not condone violence or tolerate themes of deceit, lying, and betrayal. Quite the opposite. We strongly oppose each of these things. One of the greatest examples of deceit, lying, and betrayal, by the way, is adultery… which is what the portion of this commercial that Rebeca and her son unexpectedly viewed was depicting.

       
  80. Amy walker mom of 4

    August 20, 2013 at 2:36 am

    I just want to thank you!

     
  81. Amy walker mom of 4

    August 20, 2013 at 2:39 am

    I want to thank Rebeca :) I didn’t read any other stupid comments and Im not going to. I glanced and saw some junk so I just wanted to make my thank you clear

     
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 20, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      Thanks, Amy!

       
  82. mem

    August 20, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I dont have cable/dish/direct. however, we still have a tv that has local channels streaming across the screen, if we chose to turn on the tv. We view movies and tv shows that are clean and wholesome through the beauty of dvd’s. I have chosen to NOT let those things come into my home that are demoralizing, impure, sadistic, immoral, pornographic and vile. (I am trying to keep my home as pure as possible-we are certainly NOT perfect). I do not believe its ok to let my kids learn, the hard way (accidental viewing of shows or in your case a commercial-which happened to me many many years ago), about the evils of the world. I chose to teach in the right way at the correct time(which i am sure you do as well). I have NOT run away and stuck my head in the sand about this issue. I have contacted many media organizations over the years, to no avail (I guess my voice was not loud enough for them). However, I have educated myself, my family and anyone willing or NOT willing to hear what I know to be evil coming through tv, books, magazines, internet, phones, and any other media device. I recommend to people books, organizations and internet sites that do have a louder voice then I. So, although, I understand what you are saying, I also resent being lumped into one category with others who may not have the time or know how or energy to do or say much. Those of us who feel this same way (as you do) dont all have the resources or time or energy to do much other then to get rid of the evil from our lives. Contact me and I will give you some resources that I have used over the years as well as some organizations that are doing phenomenal things to combat pornogrophy, in all its forms. thank you for a beautiful article and thank you for standing up for all that is good!

     
  83. Jenny Stout

    August 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Rebecca and all those following this story and want your voice to be heard, I hope you know about “Mortality in Media” and their efforts to make the FCC enforce indecency laws. Here is information to help us actually take action and not just talk about it: http://pornharms.com/fcc/

     
  84. adam

    August 20, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    You seriously need to get a life and is one of the key reasons our state is labeled and catagorized in the negative uptight image. If this is the worst thing you child has to “experience” with all the other issues taking place in our world consider yourself fortunate.If you dont like what’s on tv don’t watch it. Its a good thing your husband has a job which allows him to get away from you if he couldn’t probally wouldn’t be married.

     
    • edmccray

      August 20, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      What a rude thing to say to someone, Adam. How dare you insult someone’s spouse. What is wrong with you?

       
    • Rebeca Seitz

      August 20, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      Hi, adam. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Unfortunately, this is not the “worst thing” my child will encounter in this world. I do not plan to be silent when anything else assaults his childhood, either. When family members have passed away, when we moved, when we played alongside the foster child whose drug addicted mother couldn’t care for her, when we see war and hurt all around, we work through it together.

      Your assumption that those who want to see these images own television and therefore the rest of us should just not watch it doesn’t work for me – and millions of others like me. If you are content to watch shows whose content is so poor that story alone is not enough to stimulate and capture your imagination, you absolutely have the right to such. Just as I have the right to watch the morning news without seeing two naked people having sex. Others have raised a valid point that I’ll echo here. Why should I have to opt out when this sort of content has proven its ability to damage and destroy? Why shouldn’t those who WANT to be harmed by content have to opt IN?

      The tone of your content speaks for itself. You champion a type of content that damages our ability to be kind and decent to each other, then exemplify its result with your own attitude and words. You go so far as to comment upon my marriage, a thing of beauty, hard work, and miracle.

      I do sincerely thank you for taking the time to comment, and urge you to consider that your comments here are about a real person with a real marriage who really just prefers to watch the news – without images that desensitize my children or me to it.

       
      • jewels

        August 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm

        Thank you for everything you have written, Rebeca, whether on your blog or in response to these comments. You are a voice of reason and clarity. There are many who would join with you in this fight. We just need to know how. Keep us posted!

         
  85. GamerGirl

    August 20, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I would love to make a difference, but I’m not sure how. Sex sells. It’s what the majority of people want to see. Morals have gone out the window and I’m now sure what to do other than disengage. As soon as I try to speak of my viewpoints of what is morally good, I get shot down and accused of being judgmental, or racist, or close-minded. I don’t want to be close-minded, no one should, but there is a distinct line between right and wrong that people are trying to muddle.

    I don’t know how to stand up. I would like to be able to watch television, and movies, and read literature, and play video games that is not filled with junk. I don’t want to be worried about every website and the garbage that sneaks its way onto these sites. But I don’t know what to do about it. How do you stand up against this? Small comments like this do nothing. Blog posts don’t seem to do thing, no matter how many followers, or how many people agree. The media focuses on what sells, not on what is right or wrong. So, my question is, what can I do to make a difference?

     
  86. SE

    August 20, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Rebeca…….thank you for taking a stand. You are not alone in this fight!

     
  87. Maine-iac

    August 20, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Don’t feed the trolls, people.

     
  88. natalee

    August 20, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    evil prevails when good men (and women) do nothing. I totally support you on this. Do not worry about what all of the mean comments say. We live in a sad sick society and unfortunately most are totally okay with this. which is totally evident in our entire society taking a nose dive.

    I understand that you are upset that most have just gotten rid of their t.v. and you dont see this as helping, but in my opinion it is helping. If we had enough decent people stand up and say they won’t pay for it, it would change. Unfortunately trashy t.v. has a pretty large audience and no one else is complaining. We got rid of ours before we started having children because we were coming across inappropriate material every time we turned on the t.v. I know plenty of people who have cut the cable and the cable companies are feeling it. don’t worry. But it is still a good fight you are fighting, and I will stand with you. Even if we stand alone.

     
  89. Sally

    August 21, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Rebeca, thank you for standing up for the safety and health of our children. That is really what this comes down to – the ability for children to be children. A morning slot for this type of commercial is quite concerning. It IS pornography. And guess what? Pornography is VERY harmful. For statistics on that front, just do a search, or check out http://www.fightthenewdrug.org/. Pornography is addictive, harmful to the viewer, destructive in marriages, damaging to children. I agree with everything that you’ve said. We can’t just turn off our TVs, either. We have to stay and fight. We do not pull out of the government when it harms the people – we stay, fight, and make a difference.

     
  90. Judi

    August 22, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Wow! You have certainly challenged me! I am one who has just stopped watching!

     
  91. jd

    August 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    We shut off the TV years ago. It wasn’t because my kids were seeing stuff like this. I turned it off because I saw them watching garbage like ‘Hanna Montana’ and ‘Zack and Cody’ – completely vapid, mindless, stupid programming. They were turning into zombies. The kiddie stuff is just as bad, although in a different way.

    I completely disagree with you about any rationale to ‘stay and fight’ for the TV for the sake of the children. It’s like dogs fighting over old table scraps. TV has long ceased to convey anything meaningful – it’s a wasteland. I don’t see anything worth fighting for. Fight for your children’s minds. Garbage isn’t just naked bodies writhing on-screen, it’s also bright, cheery images of kids and cartoons with nothing meaningful to convey.

    Just recently my daughter admitted I did the right thing. They do things like read, art, practice instruments, homework, friends, etc. You know, real stuff that’s good for the mind and spirit. That’s what I want to leave for my children, the ability to think and not be a TV zombie.

     
  92. Mr Steve

    August 28, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I am stunned at how many people here are defending the right for public venues to show soft porn to children. Granted, I can see how this would spawn tangent issues about freedom of speech and what each person finds morally acceptable. I get that. But I foolishly thought that at least here religious people and non-religious would find common ground when it came to protecting children. That’s the real issue.

    We don’t care what you do in your own home. We don’t care what you watch. What is being objected to here is simply how a public media forum shows inappropriate images during a time-slot when children would be watching.

     
    • Nate Laabs

      August 28, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      How, exactly, are you defining ‘soft porn’ in this case? That’s an awfully loaded label to use for network programming, and at the end of the day, the term ‘porn’ is being misapplied per its definition, even if the content in question is branded as only ‘soft porn.’ Not to make it all about semantics, but I do believe that in order to argue effectively for or against anything, one should take the time to know the denotations of certain words as opposed to selecting words that simply strike at the pathos of an audience. Tsk tsk.

       
      • Christine Read

        August 29, 2013 at 2:12 am

        What the network needs to do is use common sense. Obviously, if the behavior being depicted in the commercial would be considered indecent in public, as it certainly would be, then it does not need to be on the TV, especially for children to see. If one’s morals are so degraded as to think this commercial should be protected under “freedom of speech,” then you are missing the point. Just because something is protected because you have a right to say it, doesn’t mean you should say it. And hate speech, or racist speech or vulgarity may be a “right” but that does not make it right or good, by anyone’s standards.

         
      • Mr Steve

        August 29, 2013 at 4:32 pm

        “soft porn,” in the sense that the commercial didn’t actually show genitalia, but did show a sex act.
        “hard porn” would be: to hold nothing back.

        No, I didn’t use the term just to evoke pathos. I used it to mean pornography that was less graphic or explicit than hard-core pornography.

        So, let’s say you have a point, and we shouldn’t call it “soft core pornography.” The commercial depcited a couple having sex, without showing genitals. What would you call it, then? And would your term really change the argument?

         
  93. Mr Steve

    August 28, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Some people’s fantasy seems to be to be able to engage in sex with whomever they want, regardless of marital status or age. And somehow, magically not have to deal with STDs, broken marriages, broken hearts, or unwanted pregnancies.

    How come they get to live their fantasy, but I don’t get to live mine?

     
  94. Nate Laabs

    August 28, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I am not sold on the idea that this is simply a left vs. right issue or a religious issue. Parents and guardians, whether single, married, same-sex, or hetero, all want their kids to abide my healthy and socially constructive values. This commercial clearly conflicted with the values of Ms. Seitz, and she responded as a concerned parent. That being said, stations air commercials that will meet a target audience; however, sometimes the target audience and actual audience are not congruent. I watched The Price is Right quite a bit before Drew Carey took over and I noticed a certain bent in ads and products aired during or advertised on the show. The point is, for every viewer who feels that programming or advertising is out of touch with or offensive to his/her sensitivities, there are viewers who anticipate certain messages in programming. There are options for adults to restrict what children see, including parental controls, changing the channel, or turning the TV off and engaging in some good ol’ vis-a-vis interaction (in the form of conversation, board games, Bible Study if you do that kind of thing, making something in the kitchen together, some kind of arts and crafts activity, writing correspondence to friends and/or family, volunteer work, playing outside, redecorating select rooms in the abode, having a play date, reading a book together, cleaning the house, going to the library, going to the gym, taking a walk, walking a pet, etc.). It really is that simple to make time for an activity instead of having background noise distracting from quality time.

     
  95. Robert

    September 4, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    You People should get a life. I lived in Europe for 5 years and lots of advertising there features naked models. Kids see it, and aren’t fornicating on every street corner or suffering from whatever imaginary harm you believe a semi naked body will cause them. I’m interested, just what harm will children suffer from seeing a semi naked or even a fully naked one? Europeans are much more comfortable with nudity and sexuality, and by not trying to hide it and make it some sort of taboo they suffer from far less teen pregnancy and have a much better attitude to sex and sexuality. Prudes like you trying to shield ALL children , and for that matter all adults do much more harm than good. I think the fact you appeared with a hateful bigot like Glenn Beck makes your outrage even less appealing. Maybe the two of you could have spouted some of the anti-gay or Mexican slurs Mr. Beck is so well known for. Must protect the white straight kids from those groups too!

     
  96. kristen

    September 5, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Thank you Rebeca. So good to hear a reasoned voice in a crazy world.

     
  97. shirley

    October 14, 2013 at 6:13 am

    I am absolutely agreed with you. Support you.

     

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