Kids exposed to bondage-themed scenes in Fifty Shades Freed trailers on Channel 7 during Winter Olympics
Here’s how to make a complaint.
We’ve received feedback from various supporters regarding Channel 7 broadcasting the trailer for MA rated film Fifty Shades Freed, during the Winter Olympics and at times children are likely to be watching.
The trailer included highly sexualised content, featuring a bondage-themed scene in which a woman in lingerie was blindfolded and tied up.
We’ve heard from parents whose children as young as six were exposed to this content while watching the Winter Olympics during the day- one even at 10.30 am.
There are restrictions placed on what content can be shown on TV, and when. Free TV Australia’s Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice lists several codes that apply here:
2.2.3 MA15+ Classification zone. Subject to subclause 2.3.2(b), material that has been classified MA15+ may only be broadcast between 8.30 pm and 5.00 am on any day.
2.4.2 During Sports Programs and Films classified G or PG which commence before 8.30 pm and continue after 8.30 pm, all non-Program material must be no higher than a PG classification.
2.4.4 A Program Promotion for a Program classified M or MA15+ must not be broadcast during any Program classified G: a) which is principally directed to Children; and b) broadcast between 5.00 am and 8.30 pm.
It is worth noting also that commercials for sexual services are only permitted after 11pm and before 5 am, suggesting a recognition that highly sexualised or adult content should not be broadcast during hours when children might see them.
Make a complaint
You can make a complaint via an electronic form on Free TV Australia’s website. Complaints must contain the date, time, channel and location as well as a brief description of the material. Licensees (TV stations) are required to respond to complaints within 30 days.
Have you made a complaint? Let us know in the comments.
During the morning of August 3, Channel 7's ‘Morning Show’ host Kylie Gillies gifted her co-host Lary Emdur with two celebrity nudes.Read more
Collective Shout was one of many voices calling for Channel 7 to end their sponsorship of Lingerie Football (recently cynically rebranded as ‘Legends Football League’).
The so-called sport sees women playing American football in skimpy underwear, and is not recognised or supported by the Australian Sports Commission.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, “a Channel Seven spokesman said the emerging sport would no longer be televised. This is despite the LFL claiming the league attracted “record” television ratings and even beating A-League broadcasts with audiences of more than 300,000”.
Collective Shout is grateful for your partnership to help stop the promotion of this sexist and degrading sport.
It has been reported that pop artist Redfoo has been removed from the judging panel of the X Factor.
It seems X-Factor Australia has finally got the message we find RedFoo annoying 'cause he's talking, with reports he's been officially dumped from the judging panel for 2015.
News Ltd is reporting the pop artist who released the most sexist and offensive song of 2014 was "the obvious one to go", according to Channel 7 'insiders'.
Whether the song itself was the decisive factor is unknown, but with lyrical content implying young women are sluts and shouting at them to "Shut The F**k Up" for resisting aggressive advances, it can't have helped his case. Read more.
Collective Shout's Jas Swilks had started a petition calling for the X Factor and Channel 7 to not rehire Redfoo in 2015 following the release of the song "Literally I can't."
In the video, a group of sorority girls are harassed and verbally assaulted when they refuse to drink or engage in certain activities such as ''girl on girl''. The young women are depicted as killjoys and 'annoying' for not complying with the wishes of the male party goers.
When the women repeatedly make clear that they don't want to have sex or drink, they are surrounded by a group of rowdy men who shout in their faces: 'Shut the fk up''. One woman is pushed unwillingly onto the ground while Red Foo films for the porn site ''Redtube''.
Jas argued that Redfoos misogynist and degrading portrayal of women in performances and video clips makes him unsuitable to mentor young contestants on the X factor.
The petition received widespread support with many speaking out using the hashtag #literallyicant. Jas was interviewed by news.com.au and the petition, which gathered almost 25,000 signatures, was mentioned by by various media outlets both nationally and overseas.
Despite Channel 7 and The X Factor's silence, men and women around the world have raised their voices making a strong statement that misogyny and sexism will not be tolerated.