Angela Pena is outraged at DirecTV. While scrolling through her TV guide, she came across several shows that interested and then horrified her. Since she was looking for a movie to watch, she read the description of a movie called “Father Forgive Me.” The comments of the title stated, “Girls beg step-dad not to get them in trouble.” As Fox San Antonio notes, the description goes on, but it is too explicit to state publicly.
According to Pena, she is fearful that a child could see this title as easily as she did. She also worries about other title descriptions which (according to her) implies that a child “could be the actor or participating in the act.”
She therefore contacted her local Senator Jose Menendez who now says that he will send a letter to all local cable providers, hoping for a change in the rules.
“If you want to have this on your television, hit a button, make a phone call, do something where you have to verify that you are an adult.” – Senator Jose Menendez, District 26
First off, let’s talk about the title descriptions. I had DirecTV for many years and easily remember the ability to hide channels. Can families not simply do this? Has this woman heard of DirecTV’s Parental Controls? Also, aren’t the channels titled so that you can see when you are browsing the adult channels? What exactly was this woman expecting when browsing Playboy TV and the Spice Channels?
Second, how are the Senator’s suggestions going to solve this problem? If a parent wants the channels, they will “make a phone call” or “do something” that verifies that they are an adult. Then, we are back at where we started and kids can find the channels/titles.
His “hit a button” suggestion, while quite thorough, would be laughed off the face of the earth if he is suggesting that TV providers should make someone verify that they are an adult every time they turn on their TV. That just won’t happen.