NBC's Salt Lake City affiliate refuses to air The Playboy Club
Most public exposure to NBC’s The Playboy Club has so far been limited to this trailer, shots of Amber Heard and company in their Bunny bustiers, and the many, many attempts to implicitly link it to Mad Men, but the Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL has already seen enough, thanks. It’s preemptively declared that it won’t air the show when it debuts this fall, citing its “objectionable material”—material that apparently goes far beyond any of the brutal crimes regularly seen on the many crime procedurals it has no problem with airing, because those brutal crimes so rarely involve the devil’s cleavage. “The Playboy brand is known internationally. Everyone is clear what it stands for,” station CEO Mark Willes said in a statement. “We want to be sure everyone is clear what the KSL brand stands for, which is completely inconsistent with the Playboy brand." Willes elaborated to the Salt-Lake Tribune, saying, "We would be helping to build a brand that stands for pornography. For us, that's just untenable."
Of course, the “KSL brand” is also known internationally, considering the affiliate is actually owned by the Church of Latter-day Saints. But lest this look like Mormon dogma dictating an entire city’s viewing, the station’s programming director added, “Our intent is not to tell people what they can and cannot watch, but rather to share programming with our audience in accordance with our mission.” And of course, they’re not telling its viewers what they can and cannot watch; they’re getting rid of the choice entirely, which is much more efficient. Luckily for Utah residents, they may still be able to see the show on another local station, or watch it on NBC.com or Hulu, which they can tab over to from all the online porn they’re always looking at.