PTC calls on Congress to get involved after Ke$ha drinksurine on MTV
On Tuesday night's episode of "Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life," the "Die Young" singer knocked back a bottle of her own urine, and that act put the chart-topper at the top of the Parents Television Council's list of TV trouble.
In fact, the PTC believes MTV's decision to air Ke$ha's outrageous behavior perfectly illustrates why cable networks shouldn't be bundled together in one package. Just before the episode aired, the organization issued a press release, calling on Congress to get involved.
“If given the opportunity, I can’t imagine that parents would want to pay for a cable network that airs an episode of a pop star drinking her own urine," the message, penned by PTC president Tim Winter, read. "And that is why Congress needs to take seriously the idea of giving consumers the ability to choose and pay for only the cable networks they want."
After warning parents and grandparents to "take appropriate measures" where the Ke$ha docuseries is concerned, Winter added, “Before critics say that parents can just ‘change the channel,’ they miss the larger point. It is an outrage that this kind of disgusting, vile content is being subsidized by each and every cable subscriber."
As for Ke$ha, she ignored the PTC flap. After the episode aired, she just played the controversy for laughs with her over-3 million Twitter followers.
Long before the urine-drinking stunt aired, Ke$ha spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about it, telling the publication she "wouldn’t recommend it," and not surprisingly, she found it "pretty gross."
(Warning for those with weak stomachs: Ke$ha doesn't drink up in the following clip, but she does discuss her beverage of choice and shows off a fresh sample -- very fresh.)
TODAY.com reached out to MTV about the PTC's reaction to the episode. The network had no comment.
Of course, Ke$ha's on-air act is only the latest boob-tube antic to get the attention of the watchdog group. Over the course of the past year or so, the PTC has also urged sponsors to abandon "America's Got Talent" after the reality competition dared to hire Howard Stern and even slammed "The Walking Dead" for its "brutally intense gore."