The Parents Television Council has asked CW affiliates to preempt an upcoming episode of Gossip Girl in which a threesome between the main characters has been teased. Promos for the show identify the act occurring between unidentified characters in an episode entitled 3SOME. The episode is scheduled for November 9th.
In a statement, PTC president Tim Winter called the behavior “reckless and irresponsible” and called the show “”expressly targeted to impressionable teenagers.” The group has urged all stations carrying the popular show not to air it. Winter asked: “Will you now be complicit in establishing a precedent and expectation that teenagers should engage in behaviors heretofore associated primarily with adult films?”
“CW has been defending graphic content on Gossip Girl by asserting that they don’t target teenagers,” Winters said earlier this week. “Such a claim doesn’t even pass the ‘laugh test.'”
“Gossip Girl is 18- to 34-year-old women, with a median viewer age of 27 years old,” said CW spokesman Paul McGuire pointing out that the target demographic is older than what PTC is concerned about. Officially, the network had no comment on PTC’s complaint.
A spokesperson for PTC told Fox News that the organization has not yet had the opportunity to view the episode and are basing their criticism on news reports and the recent round of advertisements from the network.
“We don’t know how it will be depicted yet,” Melissa Henson, the director of communications and public education said. “Our concern is really more thematic with respect to the target audience. We know that the show is especially popular with teenage girls.”
Gossip Girl has been in hot water before with the Parents Television Council. The organization issued a statement against the racy marketing used to promote the upcoming season of the show. In the ads, “intimate moments” were shown between Gossip Girl characters in the bed, the couch, and yes, skinny dipping. Tag-lines like “A Nasty Piece of Work” and “Mind-Blowingly Inappropriate” were used. Similar campaigns were used for the Melrose Place reboot.
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