Senator ND seeks memo to limit gay people on children’s TV shows
My daughter Brenda watches a lot of the dramas currently airing on the old “big three” networks. Shows like This Is Us, Transplant, The Good Doctor, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago Sanitation… all of these shows often play in the background of my evenings. One show that seems to me to stand out a bit is “New Amsterdam” due to its wealth of gay characters.
I think we can all agree that many other LGBTQ characters appear on television.
Senator Kevin Kramer and four of his Senate colleagues recently drafted and signed a letter they sent to Mr. Charles Rivkin, Chairman of the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board. You can read it in full here. Here is an exerpt…
The Commission is required to ensure that the rating criteria help parents to be aware of adult content before it is shown to their children. In light of parents raising legitimate concerns about sexual orientation and gender identity content in children’s television programming, we expect the Council to fulfill its responsibility by updating the Parental Guidelines. for television to reflect these concerns.
The letter is addressed to Telecommunications Act 1996, which, among its sweeping system reform, required manufacturers to install a V-chip in all television receivers. The V-Chip was created to allow parents to monitor the content available to their children.
A rating system is established and users can now block certain classified programs
- TV-Y – All children can watch; zero violence or sexual content
- TV-Y7 – For ages 7 and up
- TV-G – For the general public; no sex, violence or inappropriate language
- TV-PG – Parental control suggested
- TV-14 – Only suitable for people over 14 years old; sex or violence
- TV-MA – Only suitable for an informed public; may contain graphic violence or sexual situations
It looks like the five senators would now like to add an additional note for LGBTQ content. Although intended for children’s programming, sexual orientation blocking could also be applied across the board.
A Zoom call from a Disney executive appears to have prompted the senator’s request.
The call was part of Disney’s “Reimagine Tomorrow” campaign, according to the video posted to Twitter on Tuesday. His website promises that 50% of regular and recurring characters in the Disney universe will come from “underrepresented groups.”
That call with the new Disney project inclusion standards really stirred up a hornet’s nest of controversy. China prohibits the dissemination of homosexual content in any form in its country. Should the United States follow suit or do we close the barn door after all the cows are already out?
In their letter, the Senators requested a response by May 18, 2022. So we’ll see.
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