The Parents Television Council issued a statement in response to WE tv's request that PTC members watch its newest show, "Sex Box," a live sex show, before signing the PTC's national petition to #StopSexBox and have the show removed from the cable bundle. (Full story at Deadline.)
Slated to premiere on Feb. 27, Sex Box will feature real-life couples having sex for a national television audience. Participants enter a soundproof box on stage, have sex and then discuss their "intimacy issues" with a panel of so-called experts.
"Parents and families don't have to watch 'Sex Box' to know that this live sex show isn't something they want coming into their homes. The problem is that every single PTC member—and, in fact, every American—who wants to watch any cable programming is also forced to pay for this live sex show that masquerades as 'therapy' whether they want it or not. That is an outrage, and it demonstrates just how broken the cable programming marketplace has become," said PTC President Tim Winter.
"WE tv has made us an offer in an attempt to deflect any responsibility for the content of this show, so here's my counter-offer: WE tv should reimburse every PTC member for the monthly cable subscription fees it receives from our members who don't want WE. They should make the same offer for all cable and satellite subscribers. In the meantime, we will continue our campaign to stop Sex Box."
The PTC is continuing to invite its members, as well as other concerned Americans, to sign its national petition found at: parentstv.org/stopsexbox to demand the removal of WE tv from the cable network bundle.