A spokeswoman for the Parents Television Council is criticizing Hollywood's defense of why it continues to market explicit content to children and teens in TV shows set in junior high or high schools.
As previously reported on OneNewsNow, the HBO show "Euphoria" is inappropriate for young viewers. The the director of the first episode defended the graphic sexual activity, nudity, and drug use by saying the point is to jolt viewers and, in turn, start conversations between parents and teens about some of the drama's more sensitive subjects.
But Melissa Henson with the Parents Television Council argues there's no way to justify what they're doing.
"They're making a play for eyeballs, and they know the best way to get attention is by being shocking," she says. "They're not trying to engage kids in dialogue; they're not trying to encourage communication between teenagers and parents – they're just making a mad grab for ratings and eyeballs and publicity."
According to the PTC spokeswoman, the series provides no educational value whatsoever.
"What it's doing is promoting a nihilistic and a materialistic worldview," she argues. "It's communicating a message to young viewers that this is all normal high school stuff and that there's nothing wrong with the way these teenagers are living."
Henson agrees with what her boss, PTC president Tim Winter, has said: "It is naïve to believe that the entertainment children consume cannot have harmful, lasting consequences."
"Euphoria" carries a TV-MA rating – a rating that warns viewers that the show's content contains crude indecent language, graphic violence, explicit sexual activity, or any combination of these elements.