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Parents Television Council unhappy about uncensored D**k in a Box skit

by Richard Keller, posted Dec 24th 2006 11:36AM

Dick in a Box -- from Saturday Night LiveNBC and Saturday Night Live are on the naughty list of the Parents Television Council (known henceforth in this post as the PTC). The conservative watchdog organization of people who have nothing better to do are politely asking (OK, angrily demanding) that the network rethink its decision to air an uncensored version of the now famous 'Dick in a Box' skit on its own website as well as YouTube. In this particular skit, Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake liberally use Richard Nixon's nickname several times in a song about the perfect gift to give to your girlfriend.

When the skit originally aired on SNL the word was bleeped out a total of 16 times. However, since Scrooge the FCC has no jurisdiction over the Internet the network was able to leave the online clip uncensored. According to PTC blowhard president Brent Bozell NBC has hit a new low and will stop at nothing to find loopholes to have indecent programming to reach the public. In its defense the network has asked that unauthorized copies of the skit be yanked from sites like YouTube. The network's website airs both a censored and uncensored version of the skit and they have put up a warning saying that the uncensored version contains explicit lyrics.

Here's my two cents on this matter. First, if you are a responsible parent or guardian (and I know you all are) you're probably not going to have your 6-year-old sit on your lap while watching either version of the skit. And, even if they happen to watch the uncensored version won't your kids be asking questions anyway why Christmas gifts are stuck to their pee-pees? Next, if your child is 12 or older, they've probably seen and heard worse already. I've seen the uncensored skit and, frankly, I found it pretty tame. Really, members of the PTC should spend time with their kids and watch them opening gifts rather than spending time criticizing Internet material.

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johnperson

To quote Perry Cox

"I'm fairly sure that if they took all the porn off the Internet, there'd only be one website left, and it would be called Bring Back The Porn."

February 20 2007 at 11:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
katherat

With the departure of Rachel Dratch, Horation Sanz, and Chris Parnell, the current SNL cast is it's weakest in a number of years. (Note Tina Fey not listed as her departure as a performer was not a big loss, although she is GREAT in 30 Rock)

January 06 2007 at 7:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TV Addict

The sad thing is that SNL has sucked lately and that was probably the only funny skit they've had on in weeks.

P.S. LOL about the suitcase commnet from iLoveLA.

December 30 2006 at 1:21 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
corbett

Jameson lays it out perfectly, concerning the PTC.

Which brings me to something else... PTC = parents TELEVISION council... where is the internet mentioned anywhere in their name or mission? It's easy to argue that television is becoming less and less relevant to children as the internet grows and grows and this is just a defensive attack against their new enemy. Naw, they aren't smart enough to see that coming.

December 27 2006 at 9:27 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Alberto

Jameson, I couldn't agree more with you. That is one of the problems I have with religion/values including my own (Catholic) lately.. it's that it is all political. It's about getting votes and not really about doing any good. I thought we lived in the land of the free... guess I was wrong.

December 26 2006 at 1:43 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Trish

my 11 year old watched it with me and half way through walked away stating... that's lame. Hmmmm so much for it warping the minds of children. Teach them to have self respect and the facts of life - and you'd be surprised at how "maturely" they can handle things. It's the parents that decide that thier kids should be sheltered from everything they find "evil" in the world, instead of teaching them how to deal with those things in a matter of fact way - they are they ones visiting thier kids in rebab when their 16.

December 25 2006 at 8:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
TomB

Considering all the adjectives that could have been used to describe a penis, "dick" is pretty unobjectionable. I was surprised that they had to bleep it on a show that airs from 11:30pm until 1:00am.

Why do I, an adult with no children, have to have my TV/internet content altered because lazy parents across the country sit their kids in front of the TV and computer to use it as a babysitter.

December 25 2006 at 4:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Jameson

Keep in mind, the PTC exists only as a political entity to push "culture war" issues and try to convince moderate Republican voters that their values are under attack. Whenever you hear of a giant outcry from "family groups" over something "indecent" on TV, it's something whipped up by the PTC, sending out the same form-letter complaint on behalf of thousands of members and non-members, just trying to get publicity. This time (like usual) it worked.

They don't sound like reasonable, informed parents because that's not who they represent; they're only adopting that guise to push a political agenda. If their complaints don't make a lot of sense to you, fear not; they weren't meant to.

December 25 2006 at 12:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

The PTC probably has heard of software that keeps your kids from seeing inappropriate material. They have in fact also heard of the V-Chip. They hate the V-Chip. They think the V-Chip is the networks' collective way of covering their asses - oh sorry this is the PTC; covering their buttocks. The only sure way of protecting America's impressionable youth is by Big Brother Government stamping on anything that the "good people" (that's the PTC, the American Family Association and their fellow travellers) tells the FCC is evil and bad and naughty. They undoubtedly feel the same way about Parental Control software too.

December 24 2006 at 11:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ac

lol, the PTC needs to get a life and learn about parental controls. HELLO this is porn on the internet too and they cant do a damn thing about it. NBC shouln't have caved, PTC had no legal right to get them to remove it.

December 24 2006 at 10:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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