Turn Off the T.V. Day

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Date: 1990

Region: North America

Subject: Explicit Sexuality, Violence

Medium: Television



Confronting Bodies: Vicki Riley and Concerned Citizens for Quality Television, National Coalition Against Television Violence, Americans for Responsible Television, Christian Film and Television Commission, National Christian Assn. and American Family Assn. (Mississippi)

Confronted Bodies Television Networks

Dates of Action: 1990-1991

Location: Wilmington, Delaware

Focus of Opposition: Sex and violence occurring on television.

The Incident: Vicki Riley, a house wife and mother, who heads Concerned Citizens for Quality Television, first came up with the Turn Off The Television Day for the state of Delaware in August, 1990, with five thousand participants. The boycotts are meant to protest violence and sex on television. The October, 1991 "Turn Off Day" was nation-wide, involving organizations such as New York-based Morality in Media, the Michigan-based Americans for Responsible Television, the Georgia-based Christian Film and Television Commission, the Illinois-based National Coalition Against Television Violence, the Washington-based National Christian Assn. and the Mississippi-based American Family Assn.

Results of Incident: "Basically we do not believe there will be any effect," said Peter Christanthopolous, president of the Network Television Assn., which represents all three major networks.

Source: Los Angeles Times