Profanity on TV Keeps Rising


A new study by the Parents Television Council (PTC) shows that profanity on primetime television is continuing to increase.

The latest study finds another 69.4% increase in profanity between 2005 and 2010, with the biggest rise coming in the 8 p.m. hour, what used to be called the “Family Hour.” This comes on top of major increases between 1998 and 2007 reported in 2008 by PTC.

For example, in Fall 2005 there were only 11 bleeped “f” words from 8-11 p.m., but in Fall 2010 there were 276, a 2,409% increase!!!

On a side note, it should be pointed out that, working with several groups in Hollywood, MOVIEGUIDE® has managed to significantly reduce the amount of foul language in movies marketed to teenagers in the last 20 years.

Thus, according to a study by three Brigham Young University professors, the amount of foul language in the average movie marketed to teenagers has decreased from 35 obscenities per movie to only 16 since MOVIEGUIDE® (www.movieguide.org) began holding its Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry.

This matches MOVIEGUIDE®’s statistics that the number of movies with only 0-9 obscenities and profanities has increased from 21% of the major theatrical movies released by Hollywood in 1996 to 34.60% of the theatrical movies released in 2009.

If we could double our funding, we could begin to do the same thing for the television industry that we have done for the movie industry.

A recent investigative report by MOVIEGUIDE® showed that the heads of the five major TV networks are promoting an anti-family agenda that’s trying to re-define the traditional biblical values that made America great.

“The mass media creates the culture that influences our children and grandchildren,” MOVIEGUIDE® Publisher Dr. Ted Baehr. “Please help us clean the screens and redeem the values of the mass media.”

- Source: “Habitat for Profanity,” Parents Television Council.

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