Taking on TLC

Before I head for Bakersfield and the big National Street Rod Association event this weekend I want to address this business of TLC threatening to bring back the shows that have caused so much controversy in their admitted exploitation of innocent children who, thanks to their parents, are being sold for a song.

First, without Oversight and Enforcement all the laws in the world won’t protect children in the workplace. Every State has a Film Commission. Every State has a Labor Department. Permits are required.

Make no mistake, “a child who participates in a workplace where every adult is being compensated…is working!”
Boycotts of the advertisers are a pointless exercise given the mentality of the people who actually watch these artificial reality shows. Stupid is as Stupid does.

Each child deserves a separate contract, Court-Approved, and mandatory education and financial guarantees. The entire chain of producers must be held personally responsible to see that the terms of engagement are observed…up to and including criminal penalties for failure to observe the Custom and Practice of the industry.

It remains a sad reality that there are more rules for animals in entertainment than for kids who are in entertainment.

Paul Petersen, Chairman Emeritus, AMC