Hotel chains owned by Hilton, Intercontinental and Best Western are among a number of leading global chains accused of profiting from sex trafficking. In a landmark case, that is bound to have wider ramifications for sex workers in gerneral, lawyers
claim an industry-wide failure to prevent sex trafficking, It has been alleged that women and children were held captive, abused and sold for sex in their guest rooms across the US.
A total of 13 women have accused a dozen hotel groups of wilfully
ignoring warning signs that sexual exploitation was taking place on their premises. The case has been filed in a federal court in Columbus, Ohio. It marks the first time the hotel industry has faced legal action as a group.
The lawsuit claims that an
estimated 80% of all human trafficking arrests occur in or around hotels.
Surely campaigners around the world will pick up on the idea of attacking hotels as a means of attacking the entire consensual adult sex work trade. And even if the hotels only
start demanding full ID, it is going to have a drastic effect on trade.
The annual No Nut November online event which is supposedly designed to encourage people to stop masturbating, at least for the month of November, appears to have been a massive failure, according to data research by the site Mashable.
The No Nut
meme, along with the similar NoFap online movement (which advocates swearing off masturbation on a permanent basis) are basically anti-porn campaigns.
Consulting with the leading porn tube sites PornHub and xHamster, the Mashable reporters found
that traffic during November either showed no tangible effect, or in xHamster's case, actually jumped by 10%.
xHamster Vice President Alex Hawkins speculated:
Trying to energize a whole population to
not masturbate only results in them thinking about masturbating more.
Mashable also checked Google trending data to learn whether searches for the word porn showed any significant dips or rises in November. But for three straight
years, Mashable found, porn as a Google search term held mostly steady during No Nut November.
US moralist campaigners of the Parent's TV Council wrote:
Disney created a safe platform compared to other streaming services ...BUT... Disney could go the extra mile and add more parental controls. PTC President Tim
Disney+ is an 80% streaming solution for families, and we applaud the company for its focus on making family-friendly content. So far, the biggest challenge we see with Disney+ is that it does not include parental
controls or content filtering. While the company has promised not to include R-rated content, by its own admission , Disney+ was not designed exclusively for children.
Research from PTC indicates that PG and PG-13 movies might not
be appropriate for children. After all, the MPAA allows up to two F-words for PG-13 movies.
Even titles from Marvel and Star Wars franchises contain higher levels of violence, and some PG-13 titles may include harsher language or
profanity, sexual innuendo or suggestive dialogue. To be an even more ideal streaming platform for families, Disney+ must give families the ability to allow filtering, Winter said.
An AMC movie theater in Deseret, Utah seems to caused a bit of stir when it posted a warning bout the adult content of the new Joker film. The warning read:
Parental warning (this is not a joke), begins the message. Joker
is Rated R and for good reason. There's lots of very, very rough language, brutal violence, and overall bad vibes.
It's a gritty, dark, and realistic Taxi Driver-esque depiction of one man's descent into madness. It's not for
kids, and they won't like it, anyway.
[There's no Batman]
Images of the sign hit social media and then for some reason the theatre responded by going into denial and taking the poster down and tweeting:
So sorry for any confusion! This sign was not posted by us, and this is not our policy. The sign was removed as soon as it was found by the theatre team
US moralist campaigners of the Parents Television
Council weighed in with a statement bemoaning the film as being unfit for children:
Along with the Alamo Drafthouse, and several movie critics, we want to warn parents about the extremely violent content in the Joker
film that is being released nationwide this weekend. Despite its R-rating, parents may believe that this film is appropriate for kids given that it is an extension of the popular Batman franchise. Film critics have described the film's horrific violence
committed by the Joker and even criticized the timing of a film that asks viewers to sympathize with one man's all-too-realistic decent into darkness.
We applaud Alamo for its unprecedented warning to parents about not taking
their children to see this film because of its 'very, very rough language, brutal violence, and overall bad vibes.'
With the Joker , Hollywood continues its war on kids by turning a comic book-themed franchise into violence-porn.
Scientific research has concluded that media violence is among the top three contributing factors to societal violence. Our own research has found that violence in comic book-themed TV shows is increasing.
Hollywood cannot have it
both ways -- they cannot herald the entertainment they produce and distribute for its ability to change the world for good, while refuting the harmful impact it can have when the content is violent, sexually explicit, or profane.
A prankster has been banned from the AMC theatre chain for life for posting fake posters suggesting that incels had been banned as a safety precaution.
Several US cinemas fell victim to pranksters who posted fake notices informing patrons that
singles, specifically single males, would not be allowed inside Joker screenings.
One of the pranksters behind this ruse has now been banned from all AMC theaters for life as punishment.
As it turns out, this individual, who only identified
himself as Payne when speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, put up a flyer, intending for it to be a joke referencing an old 4chan meme.
Payne's Twitter post started making the rounds, leading to someone named Elizabeth from AMC Guest Services to
set the record straight and inform people that this policy did not exist, and that the flyers had been removed by theater employees.
Then on Monday, Payne posted a letter he received from AMC's vice president of security, informing him that he'd
been spotted posting the flyer and that if he returned to any AMC locations, he'd be considered a trespasser and the involvement of law enforcement and arrest may result.
About 20,000 people in the US have signed a petition calling for the cancellation of Good Omens , the television series adapted from Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's 1990 fantasy novel. Unfortunately they addressed their petition to Netflix
when the series is made by Amazon Prime.
The six-part series was released last month, starring David Tennant as the demon Crowley and Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale, who collaborate to prevent the coming of the antichrist and an imminent
But Christians marshalled by the Return to Order campaign, an offshoot of the US Foundation for a Christian Civilisation, disagree. More than 20,000 supporters have signed a petition in which they say that Good Omens is another step to
make satanism appear normal, light and acceptable, and mocks God's wisdom. They are calling on Netflix to cancel the show.
The publisher and science fiction critic Cheryl Morgan tweeted:
Miraculously God has
already done it. Don't tell them She put it on Amazon instead.
The Parents Television Council has issued an urgent warning to parents ahead of the premiere of HBO's teen-targeted show Euphoria. PTC President Tim Winter said:
Just as MTV did with Skins and as Netflix
is doing with 13 Reasons Why , HBO, with its new high school centered show Euphoria , appears to be overtly, intentionally, marketing extremely graphic adult content -- sex, violence, profanity and drug use -- to teens and preteens.
HBO might attach a content rating suggesting that it is intended for mature audiences, but let's be real here: who watches a show about high school children, except high school and junior high school-aged children?
While HBO is a premium cable network, parents who are HBO subscribers may be blindsided by HBO's new attempt to market such explicit content directly to minors. And the parental blindside is greatly exacerbated by ubiquitous streaming
apps that deliver such explicit content directly to a teen's phone or computer screen. Parents urgently need to be aware of HBO's grossly irresponsible programming decision.
Morality in Media (now calling itself The National Center on Sexual Exploitation), Utah State Senator Todd Weiler, Protect Young Eyes, child advocate Melissa McKay, and other organizations, are calling for an official censor to oversee age ratings for
apps. The groups claim that the present system of self rating by developers is often misleading, inconsistent across platforms, and does not appropriately warn parents of the potential dangers found in apps. Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director at the
National Center on Sexual Exploitation said:
Parents are empowered with rating information to keep kids out of R-rated films, but when it comes to apps, parents are left in the dark about the kind of content their
children are accessing. Apps such as Instagram, Facebook, and GroupMe need to be more transparent with families about the risks associated with their platforms, particularly regarding grooming for child sexual abuse and sex trafficking.
The moralists are calling for the following:
The creation of an independent app ratings board. This board would have powers similar to the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) and MPAA for movies, which use a rating system that is clearly understood, enforced, trustworthy, and exists to
protect the innocence of minors.
The release of intuitive parental controls on iOS, Android, and Chrome operating systems. These controls should at a minimum include default settings based on a child's age, easy set-up, and one-touch screen time
controls (e.g., school and bedtime selective app shut-off).
Supporters believe that if these two steps are done properly, parents would have what they need to make informed decisions about the appropriateness of the digital places where their kids spend time.
The Parents Television Council have reported that the FCC is required to review the TV content ratings system and report on the effectiveness of the system within 90 days, as per the Appropriations Bill of 2019. Specifically, the Conference Committee
Oversight Monitoring and Rating System.-In lieu of Senate report language on oversight monitoring and rating system, the FCC is directed to report to the Committees on Appropriations of the House and Senate
within 90 days of enactment of this Act on the extent to which the rating system matches the video content that is being shown and the ability of the TV Parental Guidelines Oversight Monitoring Board to address public concerns.
President Tim Winter said:
Finally, after more than 20 years, Congress is addressing the needs of families and the welfare of children by formally calling for the first-ever regulatory review of the TV Content Ratings
System and its ostensible oversight. We are elated that this important legislative wording was adopted as part of the appropriations bill that funds the federal government for this fiscal year.
Toy Story 4 is a 2019 USA family animation comedy by Josh Cooley. Starring Keanu Reeves, Patricia Arquette and Tom Hanks.
When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and
the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.
Animal rights campaigners PETA have launched an ad campaign this week, demanding that animators Pixar edit out a sheep-herding crook from
the new Toy Story film, ludicrously claiming that the object promotes animal cruelty.
Activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) saw the crook as a betrayal of Pixar's attempt to give the character a tough modern update,
claiming that the sheep-herding instrument she carries is still problematic.
Their problem is apparently not that they think the crook itself is a cruel instrument, but the fact that it promotes exploiting gentle sheep for their wool.
surely doubtful that most kids will even know what the old-time shepherd's tool is in the first place.
Netflix has hundreds of TV shows and movies to choose from. That selection also includes many titles that contain extreme graphic sexual content, requiring no automatic barrier to access them.
Furthermore, Netflix has a flimsy ratings system at best, only very recently adding content ratings to the opening screens of any selection. The lack of descriptive content warnings employed by cable television and other streaming services means that movie rated "TV-MA" could have anything from a few swear words to gratuitous and explicit sex scenes.
Due to the nature of streaming, many of Netflix's titles do not have the industry-standard MPAA ratings such as PG or R. Instead, many programs fall under the umbrella of TV-MA, meaning "Mature Audiences".
Again, Netflix does not require any other content warnings to be included besides this vague description. Netflix currently has several films that fall under the category of TV-MA, and some are even rated NC-17. Many of the films rated TV-MA were
originally released as NC-17 or otherwise have extremely graphic sexual content.
The only way to block this content is for parental controls to be turned on, requiring a PIN for either specific titles or ratings
such as TV-MA. Read more about Netflix parental controls here .
If movie theaters don't allow those under 17 to see NC-17 (or even R) rated movies, then why is Netflix making these films available to anyone regardless
Below is a list of films currently offered on Netflix that have either a NC-17 or TV-MA rating for graphic sexual content: