Star Trek Ads Under CARU's Watch


The Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU) of the Better Business Bureau has referred ads for Star Trek to the Motion Picture Association of America for its determination of whether they should have been placed in broadcast programming targeted to children.

The film is rated PG-13 for "sci fi action and violence, and brief sexual content."

CARU has interpreted the PG-13 as meaning the ads are not appropriate for shows targeting kids, while the MPAA says that may not necessarily be the case

Under an agreement with MPAA, CARU refers such ads to the association for a determination of whether the ad meets MPAA's guidelines, after CARU first finds out whether the ad was placed in the kids show by mistake. CARU says it contacted the advertiser, in this case Paramount, which said the Star Trek ad was "intentionally placed" in the programming.

Star Trek is just the latest in a string of big-ticket action films referred to MPAA by CARU for ads in kids shows. They include Hulk, Iron Man, and the latest editions to the Mummy and Raiders franchises.