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Published: Thursday, May 30 2013 3:20 p.m. MDT

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patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

ABC-NBC-CBS are garbage. Garbage in garbage out. I haven't watched anything on any of these channels for 7 years.

BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA

Dear DN,

Adultery glamorized on TV? You must have just been rescued from Gilligan's Island or have been Lost in Space or never viewed daytime soaps for at least the last 50 years.

I remember the 50s sitcom, Love that Bob, Starring Bob Cummings. In the 1980s we had the womanizing J.R. Ewing from Dallas. He had his memorable Mistress , Mandy Winger and I imagine, had weekly flings with various willing women; single and gasp married. On Dynasty and Falcon Crest there was all sort of similiar goings on. Most recently on the sitcom Two and a half men had that charming womanizing rogue named Charlie Harper, now deceased. He was replaced by the Gazillionaire Teckie Kelso who seems to be a rogue wannabe.

You want real soap? Read about the Historical Julius Caesar in the first century BC. That would make a great series. No scratch that already been done as Rome.

TheWalker
Saratoga Springs, UT

The messages that television brings into my home generally speaking, do not live up to the standards that we try to live by. This show is just one example. That is why, about two years ago, I didn't renew our cable TV contract. I am also concerned about some of the stuff that comes in over the Internet as well.

EML
Los Angeles, CA

Not a good way to educate the masses. This is not what we want to condone as being sexy, sassy, etc. Infidelity well may be a way of life for some, but needless to say, the affects are chaotic and damaging to all parties involved. This is a lose-lose situation. I have first-hand knowledge of this. We really need to step up our game with regards to this issue. Real-life education and personal accountability should be on our radar, not new shows that glamorize unconstructive behavior. I think my book: THE (IN)FIDELITY FACTOR: Points to Ponder Before You Cheat would come in handy! Bottom line: cheating is defeating, no matter how you try and pretty it up.

BarkforSark
PROVO, UT

Wait, I don't get it. I thought life was all about doing whatever makes you happy and being who you are. How could anyone possibly be upset about these poor women just being true to themselves?

G L W8
SPRINGVILLE, UT

BYU Track Star has valid points in that the thematic exploitation of illicit sex is not new. What I worry about is the overload, particularly when it takes a glamorous slant. As to those promoting "opening up the dialogue", there's no dialogue here. It's all one titillating dirty-no-joke-about-it monologue! Society is off on a sex-drunk!

Nan BW
ELder, CO

If enough people stopped watching this garbage and let the advertisers know they were doing so, it would disappear from screens. Those of us who are really concerned don't have means for watching it in our homes. And yes, the internet is a problem too. It takes a lot of self-discipline to avoid all this junk, but most important it takes vigilant dedicated parents to help children realize the pitfalls of going along with what is considered acceptable. Good luck to all of us.

Clarissa
Layton, UT

Just when I thought things couldn't get any worse, they always manage to do so. What a sad lot of people who thought of this TV show.

ClarkHippo
Tooele, UT

The only prime-time TV show I watch anymore is "The Mentalist."

TV networks continue to scrape the bottom of the barrel and many of us are simply tuning out.

SuziQ
Springville, UT

There is a reason that I quit watching any major network shows. I can't help but think that it doesn't take too much brainpower or creativity to make a show about sex, sex, and more sex. While these shows have been around in some form or another for many years, adultery didn't used to be celebrated. If we as a society continue to tolerate and embrace such views, we have a good chance of losing any moral (or character-based) standards for our society. Those who stand for nothing, fall for everything. We wonder why our children kill each other and don't appreciate family ties and values. Look around. The answer is in front of our eyes. There is almost nowhere that a strong family with healthy emotional bonds is portrayed on TV or in the movies. Even Disney celebrates the superiority of children and the stupidity of parents (if there even are any). At some point we need to make a stand. We can do that in our homes and in public. Hollywood won't produce products that don't make money.

JSB
Sugar City, ID

Boycott the TV stations, and boycott the sponsors.

1conservative
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

I don't care if they put this type of porn (yes, thats' what it is)on cable, but I think the public airwaves should contain some semblance of morality.

iron&clay
RIVERTON, UT

Ed Sullivan banned the '60s rock group 'the Doors' from ever being on his monopolized network broadcast show ever again because they did not change the lyrics to their 'light my fire' song. Ed told them to not use the word 'higher' which was in the original lyrics. The band leader went ahead and sang the original lyrics anyway..... 'Higher" could have meant 'closer to heaven'.

Anyway, so where is a balancing influence like Ed on the other end of the spectrum at the networks today?
The promotion of illegality, immorality, and infidelity being pushed by broadcast networks today has a subverting influence on our free society.

The ultimate monopoly of, big government owning and controlling everything, realizes that to compel the American citizen to give up his constitutional rights.... free speech etc, that society needs to be subverted by subconsciously changing the individual so that he can't control himself and therefore.... Let big brother control the individual... give up your rights.

LittleStream
Carson City, NV

Won't be watching just because of the title.

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

Shouldn't the concerted effort to destroy the "Boy Sprouts" be seen in the context of shows such as this ABC "melanoma"? A graphic scene of the CW "The Vampire Diaries" about said it all about "sex and violence". Actually, the violence is more troubling than the visual pornography. Children are becoming desensitized also through video games such as "Grand Theft Auto". The answer then is to turn to "drugs and alcohol" to assuage a heavy heart. "Love and marriage" just doesn't play well any more except in Peoria. Politicians and clergy are both being questioned about their secret lives. Society is breaking down and even the Pharohs knew that this was a big problem. More freedom is being trumpeted by "the powers that be". However, "the king has no clothes" and it is all about "license".

arand
Huntsville, u

Probably written by Hollywood crack heads that want to justify their own actions. Kids watch this stuff now and think it is the norm. As someone else posted, "garbage in garbage out". Turn off the TV, save money and read a good book.

Charlemagne
Salt Lake City, Utah

I think that shows like this and the infamous Sex in the City are far more harmful than actual hard core pornography! Hard core porn is not generally available and is surrounded by an ambiance of sleaziness. Even if kids happen to see it it is abundantly clear that this sort of behavior is wrong.

This garbage is piped into millions of family homes and the implication for impressionable young minds is that this sort of behavior is OK. One can imagine twelve year old girls being far more interested in aping the perceived behavior of these actresses than that of actual porn stars!

speed66
Heber City, UT

Relating depictions actual human experiences to porn is quite a stretch. As for availability...porn is as close as any internet connection. Utah has the highest per-capita subscription rate to porn.

I'm not sure I understand the outrage. Why are 20 primetime shows about horrendous violence okay but a show about choices between consenting adults not okay?

This is much adieu about nothing. If you don't like it, don't watch it. I don't watch 99% of what gets promoted as entertainment. Turn off the TV and spend it living a life instead of watching the "fake lives" of others and let's teach our children to do the same.

If we don't watch, it will be gone. If people do watch...well, it will last and for those who believe in a free market, that is the best thing to happen, right?

I'm amazed that reality tv has made it. Seems like brain junk food to me and a complete waste of time, yet, they keep going.

GD
Syracuse, UT

Speed 66--Amen

Charlemagne
Salt Lake City, Utah

Speed,

The thing is that shows like this present sleazy illicit relationships as reality and perfectly OK. As such they are a major contributing factor to the moral decline of our society!

I am certainly not defending porn but it is not as influential as immoral prime time programming. You are right that kids can get porn off the internet but it does not have the same imprimatur of approval as a network TV show!

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