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American Broadcasters Should Learn from Japanese Says Concerned Women for America

Contact: Stacey Holliday, Concerned Women for America, 202-488-7000 ext. 126


WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 /Standard Newswire/ -- Prompted by hundreds of complaints from viewers who were offended by scantily-dressed dancers on a New Year's Eve program, Japanese broadcasters apologized before the program was even over for their indiscretion.  Concerned Women for America (CWA) says that U.S. broadcasters should learn a lesson from the Japanese industry's quick apology and stop pushing the bounds of decency. 


CWA's Chief Counsel Jan LaRue said, "The quick and contrite apology by the Japanese is a stark contrast to the way American broadcasters have handled viewer complaints. CBS, for example, insulted the public's intelligence with a phony apology for Janet Jackson's 'wardrobe malfunction' and now argues in court that it did nothing wrong by broadcasting the indecency. The networks are continuing to push the bounds of decency to see how much smut they can get away with. 


"This incident proves that average people all around the world do not want to be subject to offensive programming.  The Japanese who called in and complained after this show did their country and their families a huge service and they saw immediate results.  If only American broadcasters would heed the complaints of their viewers, they might actually provide family-friendly entertainment rather than mere shock value."


Concerned Women for America is the nation's largest public policy women's organization.