Not surprisingly, the PTC - the Parent's Television Council - is angry at yet another program. This time around it's Gossip Girl and their steamy OMFG ads complete with Serena and Nate getting it on (or, as they call it, a "sexually suggestive photo showing a teenage boy kissing a girl's cleavage").
The PTC "deplores the CW's deliberate use of profanity and sexual imagery to exploit and further corrupt young viewers, and has warned its members about the show and the new ad campaign".
I generally think the PTC is crazy (like with their recent complaint about ANTM), but I think that they do have a case here.
The ads were clearly meant to be incendiary; while the show certainly has sex occurring, I don't find that the show has any more sex present than a whole lot of other teenage shows. Thus, making an ad which portrays a steamy sex scene was a purposeful choice to portray the show as if it is entirely about sex, which is not the case. Also, the Serena/Nate hookup footage from which the picture is taken occurred waaaay earlier in the season; it honestly is kind of dated.
I think that the CW could have used their OMFG with a photo of Blair screaming at someone and it would have been equally effective and made everyone less angry (the PTC would still be angry about the implied profanity, but I think it was more the double whammy of sex and profanity all rolled into one that brought them over the edge).
Also, we keep hearing all of this talk about how 8pm is family hour; the more steamy TV comes on later. Gossip Girl airs at 8; not 9 or 10, so for this reason alone I think that the ads went a step too far, portraying a program that appears to be inappropriate for an 8PM timeslot.
What are your thoughts?
(Finally, I realize the irony in me posting yet another photo of the ad in question that I have just written I believe to be inappropriate, however I think the damage has already been done; everybody has already seen these ads, so I figured you might want to take another look at the ad in question before deciding your own opinion on the matter).