Are Naked Zombies Appropriate Television for 14-Year-Olds?
SodaHead TV 2010/11/10 20:00:00
Horror fanatics are gathering to AMC's "The Walking Dead" like zombies to an all-you-can eat brain buffet, but some parents are voicing concern about the show's TV-14 rating.
If you've seen the show, you might wonder how it could have possibly been rated TV-14. Naked zombie torsos, gutted horses, headshots and brain cravings--there must be some kind of mistake.
But according to E! Online, there's absolutely no reason AMC has to adhere to standards set by other networks.
The Parents Television Council told E!, "It's the networks deciding for themselves what they should be rated."
That means if AMC isn't concerned about losing viewers over their liberal ratings decisions, there's no reason for them to give the series a TV-MA rating. In fact, prospective sponsors might even encourage them to keep ratings low. Regardless of the actual content, sponsors will be less willing to advertise during a show rated TV-MA.
Since the ratings system is intended to give audiences an idea of what the content will be like, this essentially renders the system useless--even misleading. But should AMC be held accountable for its ratings, or is it a moot point these days?
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