With ‘Search for a Playboy Centerfold’ FOX TV Entertainment proves there’s no garbage pit too deep for it

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New York (5/8/02) – Robert Peters, president of Morality in Media, had the following comments in regard to the Friday evening “family hour” broadcast of FOX TV Entertainment’s “The Girl Next Door: The Search for a Playboy Centerfold:”

“I guess I’m a bit old fashioned, but I still think there is a big difference between the annual ‘Miss America’ contest that I grew up innocently watching with my parents and brother during the late 1950s and early 1960s and Friday evening’s contest between a group of young lovelies who are competing to pose nude for Playboy magazine.

“Yes, physical beauty was a big part of the Miss America contest, but so was decency, talent and character. The idea was that a well-rounded person would represent the young women of our nation. Presumably, Friday evening’s winner will also be well-rounded — twice over, midway between her neck and navel.

“In my opinion, there is also a difference between a nice girl and a girl who takes money to strip before a pornographer’s camera. There isn’t really much difference between a girl who gets paid to have sex with men and a girl who gets paid by a pornographer to strip naked so that millions of men and boys can fantasize about having sex with her.

“FOX TV Entertainment made its mark and continues to make its mark by proving that there is no garbage pit too deep, if doing so will attract a large enough audience of bottom feeders to keep the network on the air.

“Meanwhile, with the exception of Commissioner Michael Copps, FCC Commissioners hear and see no evil when it comes to broadcast TV indecency. Like Rome’s emperor long ago, they fiddle while what little is left of broadcast TV standards goes up in flames.”

Author: Morality in Media 05/02/2002

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