WWE: Reasons TV-PG Is Not Going Anywhere Anytime Soon

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WWE: Reasons TV-PG Is Not Going Anywhere Anytime Soon
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Since July 2008, all WWE programming has carried the TV-PG rating. According to the Television Parental Guidelines organization based in Washington, a TV-PG rating means:

This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children. Many parents may want to watch it with their younger children. The theme itself may call for parental guidance and/or the program may contain one or more of the following: some suggestive dialogue (D), infrequent coarse language (L), some sexual situations (S), or moderate violence (V). 

The key word in the TV-PG definition is “may,” because a TV-14 rating indicates the following:

This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age. Parents are strongly urged to exercise greater care in monitoring this program and are cautioned against letting children under the age of 14 watch unattended. This program may contain one or more of the following: intensely suggestive dialogue (D), strong coarse language (L), intense sexual situations (S), or intense violence (V).

Whereas a TV-PG program might have unsuitable themes in terms of dialogue, language, sex, and violence, a TV-14 has content that might be objectionable to a large number of parents. A TV-14 program is much more likely to have situations occur that some might find to be inappropriate for children.

A simple keyword search online of “End WWE TV-PG era” yields an amazing amount of petitions to end the “TV-PG era” and speculation concerning the TV-PG rating going back to TV-14.

The problem with the thinking that TV-PG will go away is that according to the WWE Corporate website, “WWE’s SmackDown has always been rated TV-PG.”

WWE has gone to great lengths to ensure that the TV-PG rating will stick around for a very long time. 

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