PTC Tries To Take Air Out Of Oxygen SpecialNetwork Says Special on Rapper's Big Family is Unique Look, Not Stereotypial of any Demo 1/07/2013 10:54 AM Eastern
The Parents Television Council, whose complaints helped generate the congressional backlash against indecency a decade ago, has taken aim at Oxygen's planned special, All My Babies' Mamas.
As Oxygen was making news at the Television Critics Association winter press tour with show pickups, PTC was taking aim at the new show, threatening to contact advertisers to register its displeasure over the show. It did not suggest it was indecent, only "grotesquely irresponsible and exploitive" because it features rapper Shawty Lo and the 11 children he has had with 10 different partners.
PTC has long argued that cable should be offered a la carte so that viewers could opt out of the channels PTC has issues with, and appeared to be using the show to echo that call. "[B]ecause Oxygen is owned by the cable behemoths Comcast and NBCUniversal, every cable subscriber is forced to take – and to pay for – Oxygen as part of a bundle of cable networks, whether they want it or not," said PTC President Tim Winter.
“Oxygen’s one-hour special in development is not meant to be a stereotypical representation of everyday life for any one demographic or cross section of society," the network said in a statement. "It is a look at one unique family and their complicated, intertwined life. Oxygen Media’s diverse team of creative executives will continue developing the show with this point of view.”