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Gossip Girl Threesome Has Parents Television Council’s Panties in a Bunch

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Gossip Girl Threesome Has Parents Television Council’s Panties in a Bunch

Once again the Parents Television Council are playing right into the hands of the Gossip Girl marketing team, making a big fuss about on-air promos for a sexual threesome on an upcoming episode — and, therefore, garnering even more publicity for the show.

The Council is asking affiliates of the CW network to pre-empt the show.  A request that I’m sure will be very effective.  *AHEM*

Airing the teen tryst, which is being teased in an ad as a “3SOME,” is “reckless and irresponsible,” said PTC president Tim Winter in a statement Wednesday.  (Grammatically reckless, perhaps.  “3SOME?!”  Seriously?)

The 3SOME involves three main characters in the show but they are not identified in the promos.

In a letter to the affiliates, 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?”

Hey, porn is a VERY respectable career path!  (Says the woman with a porn name.)

This is not the first time the PTC has complained about Gossip Girl, which Winter said is “expressly targeted to impressionable teenagers. . . CW has been defending graphic content on ‘Gossip Girl’ by asserting that they don’t target teenagers,” Winters said Wednesday. “Such a claim doesn’t even pass the ‘laugh test.'”

CW spokesman Paul McGuire said the target audience for “Gossip Girl” is 18- to 34-year-old women, with a median viewer age of 27 years old.  Outliers include my three-month-old daughter, who is MESMERIZED by the show.  (YES, I let her watch Gossip Girl.  It keeps her QUIET, okay?  I have no qualms about letting Chuck Bass babysit my kid.)

As for the network, they had no comment on PTC’s complaint.

Except to say behind closed doors, “Woo-hoo!  Thanks for the media coverage and extra viewers, suckers!”

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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