Parents Group Angry Over Gossip Girl Threesome Plot

Entertainment Nov. 5, 2009 AT 11:45AM
Parents Group Angry Over Gossip Girl Threesome Plot Credit: Kurt Iswarienko/The CW

A group of parents don't plan on watching the next episode of Gossip Girl -- and they don't want anyone else to, either!

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After on-air promos for Monday's upcoming show hinted at a sexual threesome, the Parents Television Council has asked affiliates of the CW network not to air the episode.

(Next week's threesome involves three main characters in the show, but they are not identified in the promos.)

Airing the teen tryst, which is being teased in an ad as a "3SOME," is "reckless and irresponsible," the nonpartisan education group's president, Tim Winter, said in a statement Wednesday.

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"Will you now be complicit in establishing a precedent and expectation that teenagers should engage in behaviors heretofore associated primarily with adult films?" Winter said, adding that it is "expressly targeted to impressionable teenagers."

Although a CW spokesperson told the Associated Press that the median viewer age of the series is 27 years old, Winter said in his statement that "such a claim doesn't even pass the 'laugh test.'"

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This isn't the first time the Parents Television Council has fought Gossip Girl over morality issues.

Last year, the group complained about ads promoting its new season that had castmembers including Blake Lively, Chace Crawford, Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick in what they considered to be morally questionable scenarios -- in bed or apparently skinny-dipping. The ads themselves included headlines such as "A Nasty Piece of Work" and "Mind-Blowingly Inappropriate."

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