Howard Stern Will Ruin the Family Values We Learned From 'America's Got Talent'

According to the Parents Television Council, one of our nation's most sacred entertainment institutions is on the verge of having its pristine family-friendly reputation besmirched by a curly-haired minion of Satan. Unless we band together and act now, this great country will crumble under the evil influence of our network overlords. In fact, if this despicable act cannot be stopped, we will surely set aside the strong Christian family values that television has been responsible for instilling in every last one of us, and devolve into a group of slobbering sex beasts, pausing from our obsessive flesh-coveting only to touch our own genitalia. O, THE HORROR!

The PTC is talking, of course, about Howard Stern joining America's Got Talent.


I may be exaggerating their message a TINY bit, but really, the PTC has worked themselves into quite the snit about Stern becoming a judge on the show. Interestingly, they're taking their beef directly to the companies who sponsor the show in a plea to pull their ad dollars.

In a letter sent out to 91 companies that have run commercials during the show, PTC president Tim Winter wrote,

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. (…) 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 risk of associating your hard-earned corporate brand image with such 'shock' is not worth the cost involved.

Wow. I mean, for one thing, who knew the PTC was such a fan of the show? Apparently this particular reality talent contest is one of the only prime time TV options that offers "a brief respite from the otherwise-ubiquitous stream of violent, profane and sexually explicit content," because god knows it's impossible to simply TURN THE TELEVISION OFF, right? Or make individual decisions about what is and is not acceptable for our families to watch?

Personally, I think this group is a bunch of obnoxious nutjobs who don't even understand how television works. It's not like Howard Stern is going to show up at the judges' table and ask one of the contestants to test-ride a Sybian, for god's sake. He's not going to bring his full unrated radio personality to the show, just like Sharon Osbourne presumably manages to keep herself from dropping a nonstop series of F bombs in her role as a judge.

Besides, Stern is reportedly pulling in over $20 million per year as a judge. I'm guessing for that kind of cash, he's more than okay with sticking to the prime-time rules.

What do you think about the PTC's message regarding Howard Stern? Do you agree that he shouldn't be part of a 'family friendly' show?

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