'America's Got Talent': Howard Stern sparks PTC ire
PTC’s new target: Howard Stern on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
The Parents Television Council is making good on its threat to go after the show, sending a warning letter to 91 of the Got Talent‘s former advertisers (on the assumption that these companies likely represent many of the advertisers on board for the upcoming season).
“Stern’s reputation for sleaze and misogyny is well known; and to our knowledge his only previous judging experience consisted of looking at insecure, naked young women and telling them whether or not they were hot enough to pose for Playboy,” the PTC wrote in its letter. “He once told a female guest, ‘I would like to kiss you and chop off your feet…I wanna bite off your fingers…I wanna have sex with you and throw you in a ditch…[and] chop your head off.’ Does such commentary accurately reflect your corporate values?”
Stern makes his debut as a judge on Got Talent starting May 14. His performance is expected to be far more PG-rated than on his radio show, but the PTC warns, “There can be, and there must be, a presumption that Mr. Stern will only continue to conduct himself in precisely the same manner as he has done for decades.” The PTC noted that when Stern was falsely rumored to be considered for American Idol, he told his radio audience, “Hey Fantasia, you’re not getting little boys hard. Nobody’s beating off to you…Little boys want boners. They want a Britney Spears or a Rihanna.”
NBC had no comment on the
free publicity matter. As long as Stern isn’t committing, like, crimes against humanity, what Stern says on the radio is pretty irrelevant to what he does on NBC, right?