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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint House Resolution

J.R.H.  31

Joint resolution criticizing the CW television network’s America’s Next Top Model television program crime victims’ episode

Offered by:  Representatives Koch of Barre Town, Branagan of Georgia, Courcelle of Rutland City, Edwards of Brattleboro, Gervais of Enosburg, Grad of Moretown, Hosford of Waitsfield, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, McDonald of Berlin, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Ojibway of Hartford and Pellett of Chester

Whereas, the members of the general assembly cherish the democratic freedoms of expression that are inherent in the traditions of our republic, and

Whereas, however, in recognition of the limited number of broadcast frequencies that are available, the television medium has, since its inception, been subject to the regulatory restrictions that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) imposes, and

Whereas, the FCC has paid particular attention to, and reserved its most severe penalties for, the airing of material that is deemed indecent or especially violent on broadcast television, particularly if it is accessible to the viewing public in any time zone when large numbers of children are likely to be among the viewers, and

Whereas, the CW Television Network, a national broadcast television service that CBS and Time Warner operate jointly, airs a program entitled “America’s Next Top Model,” that is transmitted to some parts of the country as early as 7:00 p.m. in the evening, and

Whereas, on a recent episode, women, who over a period of weeks, are competing for the designation as “America’s Next Top Model,” were required to pose as the deceased victim of a particularly violent crime that involved strangulation, gunshot wounds in both the victim’s head and chest, and a stabbing, and

Whereas, the objective was for the female contestants to look as beautiful as possible while posing as dead, and

Whereas, although this telecast may not satisfy the criteria for indecency and violence that would prompt an FCC inquiry, it does represent an extremely morbid and disgusting drop in the already low standards applied to the airing of a national television entertainment program during the early evening hours, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly deplores the grotesque and unseemly depiction of a crime scene on a recent episode of CW Television Network program “America’s Next Top Model,” and its airing in the early evening hours, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the corporate offices of CBS and Time Warner in New York City.




____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House


____________________________              ____________________________

Brian E. Dubie                                             Donald G. Milne

President of the Senate                               Clerk, House of Representatives



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