I like to watch sports during the day with my family on the weekends and have been surprised by some of the very graphic R rated movie trailer commercials I see during daytime television. I frequently have to tell my kids to look away or cover their eyes. I have been upset by this on a number of occasions because by the time you realize it's a bad commercial your kids have already seen some of it. I have been irritated but never done anything about it until today when I was watching the playoffs and a commercial for the movie Priest came on while my kids were watching. I told my kids to look away but it was to late. My 7 year old daughter almost immediately had tears in her eyes because of what she saw. It was this gross bald creature with fangs and claws growling or screaming. That's when I decided I had, had enough. I got online and contacted the network with the following email:
I wanted to let you know that I am very tired of watching sports during the day with my kids and seeing horrible R rated movie commercials. We were watching the nba playoffs and saw the commercial for the movie Priest and that was the last straw. Please keep your commercials family friendly during the day. I will be dealing with nightmares and sleepless nights in the mean time from that awful commercial.
Here is the response I received:
Thank you for giving us an opportunity to respond.
This is a product category that has received an acceptance in television, and the specific spot cleared (the network) advertisement standard review. We recognize that not all our viewers will view these ads as appropriate but as a national network with broad appeal, our standards recognize the widely divergent tastes of our national viewers and advertisers.
We appreciate your feedback and have shared your comments with our advertising and programming executives.
Here is what I plan on writing back:
While I understand you view this as appropriate I can assure you that there are many parent's that agree with me and have not expressed there disgust to the network. Your clearance for advertisements are obviously very lax. I would urge you to consider only using R rated movie advertising for night time viewership. I am sure I could get many people to agree with me on this..............................(I'm not done writing the email yet)
Am I off base here or does anyone else agree with me? I would like to prove to this network and other network's that it is not appropriate to show these commercials during the day, by getting enough people to voice their opinion. Please leave a comment if you agree or disagree. I would like to get the conversation going between parent's and TV network's so we can get this changed.
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