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PTC says WTF over OMFG ads

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 24th 2008 6:44PM
Gossip GirlThe CW recently released risqué campaign posters to get new viewers to tune in to its show Gossip Girl. The campaign, titled "OMFG," got fans and the press talking as soon as the sexy posters hit the web and magazines. Two posters were released: the one you see on the right featuring characters Serena and Nate, and another one with Blair and Chuck. Also, a "OMG" version of both posters was used.

This week, the Parents Television Council (PTC) took notice of the ads and declared war against The CW.

MediaWeek reports that the PTC believes the posters are too sexually suggestive. A Council representative says that the PTC "deplores the CW's deliberate use of profanity and sexual imagery to exploit and further corrupt young viewers." Being one of the most-watched shows among teen girls, the PTC is worried that such ads and the show's storylines will influence negatively the vulnerable viewers.

I must admit that when I first saw the posters earlier this month, I was worried that the show crossed a line with the censors and the PTC. As a fan of the show, I don't think the posters are representative of the series. Yes, the characters have sex but the show is not only about that. The show is about the struggles of teens growing up on the Upper East Side of New York, including the sex, drugs, back stabbing, etc., that is part of the world nowadays.

I can see why the PTC is worried, especially since the show now airs at 8 p.m. If you ask me, with the storylines that they sometimes have on the show, it's more suited for a 9 p.m. airing. However, if parents watch the series with their teens, it could be a good opportunity to talk about the tricky subjects covered on the show.

The CW has yet to reply to the PTC's comments about the posters and show.

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