Fresh off their recent crusade against ABC's Don't Trust The Bitch In Apartment 23, America's self appointed moral guardians the Parents Television Council (or NAMBLA) have now set their sights on a new target that will surprise absolutely nobody. Everyone knew that NBC hiring the always controversial Howard Stern to judge on America's Got Talent would soon set off the dog whistles in the brains of PTC members. I'm just surprised it took them this long.
As is per usual of the group, the PTC is attempting to pressure 91 prominent companies that have advertised on past seasons of AGT into not supplying ads for the show after Stern debuts. The PTC's statement to advertisers is thus - "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?"
Now, I personally, don't listen to Stern. In fact, I find the man obnoxious, but that's hardly the issue here. Stern is popular. His radio show attracts millions of daily listeners, and was almost single handedly responsible for the continued rise of satellite radio in America. NBC is only giving viewers what it thinks they want, and judging by the overwhelming buzz about his debut, they appear to have made the right decision. TV is a business, companies do what makes them money. End of story.
In addition to that, I (and I'd wager most people here) abhor censorship. I couldn't care less what repugnant sleaze Stern might peddle, if people want to listen to and watch him, nobody has the right to stop them. Especially not a bunch of sanctimonious jerks like the PTC. I may not agree with everything Howard says, but I fully support his right to say it. In the meantime, NBC will just have to suffer through all the free publicity this will generate for the premiere of America's Got Talent. Poor, poor NBC. You really showed them guys.