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May 7th, 2009
09:23 AM ET

Erectile dysfunction ads too hot for TV?

Rep. Jim Moran wants to limit the time of day ads for erectile dysfunction medicine can air on TV.
Rep. Jim Moran wants to limit the time of day ads for erectile dysfunction medicine can air on TV.

From CNN's Bob Ruff

You’ve all seen them. Those ubiquitous TV ads where a simple little pill transforms a man suffering from erectile dysfunction, or ED, into a virile tiger who puts a smile on the face of his now beaming wife.

Well, Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) has seen them too, and you’d be hard pressed to see a smile on his face when he talks about the ads.
“A number of people,” he says, “have come up, including colleagues, and said I’m fed up. I don’t want my three or four-year old grandkid asking me what erectile dysfunction is all about. And I don’t blame them.”

Enter H.R. 2175. That’s a bill that Rep. Moran introduced last month that would prohibit any ED ads from airing on broadcast radio and TV between 6AM and 10PM. The bill advises the Federal Communications Commission to treat these ads as “indecent” and instruct stations to restrict their broadcast to late night and overnight hours.

So, could it be adios to all of those “Viva Viagra” commercials that play on network television on weekends and during the evening? Could the same be said for the Cialis couple sitting in outdoor tubs looking out at the sunset? And could Levitra also be shunned to the overnight hours?

CNN asked Pfzier, which makes Viagra, the first pill available by prescription to treat ED, what they thought of Rep. Moran’s bill.

"Pfizer is committed to responsible advertising... In line with our policies and the policies of the industry, Viagra advertising is aired in shows most likely to reach men suffering from erectile dysfunction. ED can be a signal for other serious medical issues, including high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease."

We asked several people on the streets of Atlanta for their opinions.

Nikia Clark, a mother of a 2-year-old, thinks "it’s a great idea.” She’s concerned that as her child gets older, she doesn’t want him “seeing those kinds of commercials... on regular network shows.”

Janice Habersham agrees. She says while the “ads are tastefully done” they shouldn’t be aired at “the time when children are watching TV.”

On the other hand, Bruce Jackson says ED ads “should be run 24 hours a day.” And Louis Tesser says banning the ads “is clearly unconstitutional... it’s a viewpoint. It’s something that people are interested in, and you can’t change that.”

Rep. Moran does have some perspective on the issue. “While it’s not as important as the economy, or what’s happening militarily around the world, it is an intrusion into the quality of life that we like to experience.” He says that his bill is “a shot across the bow” of the drug companies. “You know enough is enough. This is inappropriate.”


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  1. Kevin

    This is censorship plain and simple. Who gets to decide what is not appropriate. Lets also ban women's hygiene products, oh wait how about ads for wart removers because those are gross too. Come on folks. If you dont like the ads dont watch them. Someone is paying attention to them and buying the products or else they wouldnt keep playing them. If you are worried about your kids explain what the ad is about instead of raising their curiosity by trying to hide it. Lets just apply some common sense and let our government get on with bigger concerns.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  2. Aleth57

    Fully agree - also those now even more annoying ads for KY jelly – you know the ones where the couple is so happy the kids are out of the house – then the clothes start coming off and fireworks!
    I am not a prude but I think all of these commercials make it seem as though all we do is have sex or think about having sex. No wonder our young people are starting to have sex younger and younger - all these ads make it seem like it is the thing to do or you are missing something. What a bad message we are sending that sex is what makes us happy.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  3. Logical

    This issue shouldn't be solved by regulation. Consumers should voice their opinions to the television networks that sell the commercial ad time. We don't need a new law to solve this problem.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  4. Slowcode

    Can we add femanine itch commercials and those guilt ridden starving children in third world county commercials also? Those make me uncomfortable and I don't want my children asking about the world at large at too early of an age.

    This is why America is considered the "third graders" of the world.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  5. Scott in MN

    Ok... if we are going to ban comercials for ED, can we also ban comercials for feminine hygine products, too? Then, can we also ban comercials for under garments? Where would this stop?!

    Parents have a responsibility to direct what shows and TV channels they let their children watch. If you push this responsibility off on others you are using it as a scape-goat to not educate your children. Parents need to take this responsibility back. Besides, what ever happened to the phrase, "I'll tell you when you're older."?

    May 7, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  6. tommy

    Maybe it's just me, but if there is something on television I do not want my children to watch, I change the channel... or shut it off. It's really that simple.

    Shutting off the television and having a conversation with your child about any of these topics (and more) will be more meaningful to the child than having to learn about it second-hand.

    To you parents out there – learn to parent your child. They, believe it or not, are going to go through changes and *gasp* be curious about sex. Stop asking the schools, the television, and the government to raise your child and do it yourself.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  7. Bill

    If they ban these adds then they should ban the ads for tampons and maxipads.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  8. BP

    I've got news for all you prudes commenting on here: sex is not indecent. Nor is the female body or the male body. You all need to really get over yourselves. Here's a novel idea: use the mute button.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  9. Joan

    Your county is at WAR, there are millions of Americans dying on the your own streets and the whole of the United States is in complete crisisa and melt-down and THIS guy is worried about who can and can't get it up? The problem folks isn't with the ads, the problem is that somebody somewhere is voting for people like THIS to run your country and they have the jobs and authority.

    Wake up America....

    May 7, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  10. Troy

    Are you serious? All the problems in this country and we are worried about ED ads? You got to be kidding me!

    To the lady that who said she is embarrased to watch these ads with her husband of 60 years, WOW what a boring marriage!

    May 7, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  11. Sonya

    At one time, no ads for prescription medications were permitted. I believe we should go back to a ban on ALL prescription medication advertising, at least on TV. Doctors report that quite often people see the ads, attempt a self diagnosis and then request (or demand) inappropriate medications based on the advertising. The drug companies know this, and just really don't care.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  12. David

    Some are tastefully done, what they need to get rid of are the Extenze type commericals where the man and woman constantly say, "this could be fun" talking about the larger size.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  13. Milwaukee

    Ban all perscription medication commericals. Then take the savings from the advertising campaigns and use it to reduce the price of the perscriptions for people who need/want it.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  14. Concerned Dad

    Thank you, Rep. Moran. These ads are inappropriate for children to see. Most adults joke about the "consult your doctor if you experience an erection lasting over four hours" line. Clearly that is what the advertisers want viewers to recall and associate with thier products. It is not right to have to explain that to a twelve-year old boy or girl because it pops up over the public airwaves in the middle of basketball, football or a NASCAR race. It is the same base level of crudeness as joking about big female busts or the length of male genitalia: outdated like Hugh Hefner and Playboy, not appropriate or edifying for any public discourse, especially not for children.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  15. safesexelle

    if you cannot have a mature conversation about sex with your partner, parent, adult, and peers then you should not be having sex.

    This is a "disease" that affects some people's lives and they want to know about these products that can help them. If you can not simply explain to a child that the pills are for adults who have an adult "disease" then you shouldn't have kids. If you cannot sit with ease with other adults with the commercials come on then you are not an adult.

    It is also obvious that children are watching shows that they shouldn't be watching if the ads are only shown during programming that would target men with this disorder. Maybe the parents who have a problem with these commercials should be rethinking what they are allowing their children to watch.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  16. Hugh

    This is unbelievable. Advertisements that deal with sex are not inappropriate, I would understand if this were a Theocracy such as the Islamic countries employ, where religion is the highest power; but its not, and for lawmakers to ban advertisements that mention sexual topics, such as erectile dysfunction, is Victorian. Should we also ban any use of the rhetoric that may come on the air containing the word "sex"? Absolutely not. This is just another step in the censoring of the media. What about Trojan? Condom ads?

    Sex is not wrong or dirty. Children's retinas will not be burned out if they see these commercials. I would say its an educative at the worst. If parents want to keep their children under lock and key, DONT LET THEM WATCH TV.
    Purely unbelievable.
    Sex isn't evil.
    Pharmaceutical may be, (haha).

    May 7, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  17. Stoney

    The ED ads I have viewed have been produced in very sensitive ways especially if one looks at the visual content. There are a far greater number of commercials and by far shows which contain sexually graphic material. If your child doesn't understand the script material and asks you what ED is and you as a parent can't answer in an appropriate manner who's fault is that ... NOT the child's.

    Such attempts at bill writing of this scope by Representative Jim Moran clearly exposes a person who is lacking in the fundamental skill of adult reasoning given the scope of material found throughout the television spectrum.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  18. Happy2BNappy

    I am so glad this has come up. While I find some of the ads amusing, I am sick and tired of being inaundated with these commercials. I agree that all Prescription medication advertisements should be pulled. I am surprised that they are even allowed to be on television. Perhaps the drug companies should be using the money they pay for TV time to help those who can not afford the exorbitant prices of the medications (not the blue pill) and need those same meds to live.

    I say pull them all!!!

    May 7, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  19. Jay

    I would like to add to this motion. I don't like vaginal health product commercials either. Also I don't much enjoy the adds about depression and certainly don't feel like explaining to my kids (should I ever have any) the myriad of disfunctions people suffer. I don't care for public service anouncements for mammograms as well. Why should I have to explain to my child about women's breasts. In addition I'm tired of commercials that will give my kids the idea that women are objects and should be treated as such so lets get rid of most adult beverage commercials and other select commercials that "cross the line".

    Here's the deal, YOU'RE ADULTS. Grow up and deal with things in a mature manner. A commercial about ED should not make you feel uncomfortable, if it does keep watching tv and within the next few commercials should be one offering to help you with being so ridiculously uptight, conservative, and pro-censorship.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  20. J.

    Ok so, if they ban ED drug ads, then they should ban the ads for Kotex and Playtex. I mean, come on, if you ban an ad just because you dont want your child or grandchild to talk to you about it, then there would be no commercials on TV. People should be talking to their children about life, not just waiting for TV to bring it up and then get made because YOU have to now tell them. If they ban the ED ads then, I say they ban ALL of the Feminine products because child might see them and expload. That was sarcasm of course, but I will say that a child has never exploaded from seeing TV ads or listening to the radio. Can't some people just let small things go or have we solved all of our problems here and there is nothing left to do?

    May 7, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  21. Bill

    I am fed up with well meaning people trying to legislate decency, politeness, morality. People are basically good and always do the best they can with the resources they have and laws don't force or encourage people to do the "right thing".

    May 7, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  22. Irishkisses

    About time!!!!

    May 7, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  23. Steve Hunter

    As a teacher that plays music in his classroom, i've had to change station numerous time due to these ED adverts that play over and over again. The radio ads seem more graphic than the TV ones, and I think stations need to realise that a large portion of their audience are switching to another stations solely due to these infuriating advertisements.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  24. Kal

    I love how people describe the sanctity of their "family television time." Here's a tip, people: Commercials are avoidable, puberty is not.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  25. Gary

    I don't like the ads either. So, if we are going to ban the ED ads, then lets ban all ads that target children as well. While we're at it lets target all ads of companies that are not accepting handouts from the government.

    The ads should be moved to a different time slot, but to ban the ads completely; we are heading down a slipperly slope.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  26. CD

    Not only should the ED ads be limited, please add the KY stimulant add to that as well. Not every thing needs to be broadcast at prime time. This has nothing to do with children being educated at home. Children hear enough to ask questions without these topics being thrust in the face of the entire family! It should be an individual's choice when they think/talk/watch anything about a couple's intimacy. You choose the tv shows but you don't always know what adds are going to run.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  27. jersey

    How about banning adds for feminine hygiene products? Do we really want to be forced to think about that while we're trying to catch the news while eating breakfast?

    May 7, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  28. FedUpW/BigBrother

    OMG!!!! GROW UP already people. Clear, simple answers to questions is ALWAYS better than oppression, suppression or sweeping the subject under the rug.

    At a time when there are REAL issues that need to be addressed by our government, this is not one of them.

    Stop wasting my tax dollars with your personal agendas!

    May 7, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  29. Kelli

    I was once discussing tv commercials and radio advertisements with my high school students and when these commercials came up, one of the young men said, "If the drug was works so well why aren't they in the same outside bathtub together." It gave me a chuckle.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  30. Lou

    Actually all commercials that advertise prescribed drugs should be banned. Doctors prescribe drugs not patients the only thing pouring millions of dollars into advertisement does is raise the price of prescription drugs for the customer. It also pressures doctors to prescribe the advertised drugs because patients see the commercials and believe they have every symptom being described. Ban all prescribed drug advertisements – period!

    May 7, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  31. paul wisconsin

    bravo, It's about time someone has stepped up to the plate and taken a stand about these rediculous adds.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  32. Fred

    These ads should be eliminated as they are difficult to watch in mixed company not just with children.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  33. MJB

    ED is a matter between someone and their doctor. Really! do not need this sort of stuff on the air. What does it take in this country to get back to basic civility. Common sense went somewhere throught the years. People say, " Oh these ads on TV are early in the A.M. Daaaa! you never know. Kids watch TV at all hours. Please keep your medical issues to only a few.+

    May 7, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  34. Gail Anderson

    YES, PLEASE TAKE THESE EMBARRASSING ADS OFF. I'M SICK OF HAVING TO MAKE SURE MY REMOTE IS CLOSE BY SO I CAN QUICKLY CHANGE CHANNELS OR USE THE MUTE BUTTON WHEN THEY COME ON.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  35. Dorothy

    Thank you Rep. Moran....I am sick of watching these ads.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  36. greg

    Is Jim Moran so dysfunctional that he is incapable of explaining to his children what this problem is? Instead of moaning at TV advertisers, Mr Moran would be better spending his time building a normal and mature family relationship. In the long run, it will benefit his family to able to talk about life in a mature and civil way.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  37. SM

    THANK-YOU!!!!!
    As parents of two pre-teen kids – we can't thank you enough for trying to get these commercials banned during the hours of 6am-10pm. We shouldn't have to explain these commercials to children these ages.
    While you're at it – how about banning all drug related commercials.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  38. Marisa

    FINALLY!

    I love how Pfizer says "advertising is aired in shows most likely to reach men suffering from erectile dysfunction" – is that every single show ever? Because it certainly seems like it.

    Every time I have to hear "Viva Viagra", or really about any prescription drug, I want to throw my TV out the window. I thought only doctors were qualified to decide what prescription drugs you needed?

    May 7, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  39. danish

    It's probably been said (considering how clearly (un)popular this topic is) but while you're at it, get rid of the ones for Flomax (et al) because my kids don't need to know about "low sperm counts" until they've at least reached my age.

    It's not a matter of free speech. This is advertising on a public forum that should be controlled by the FCC in the same manner as reality show expletives, CSI's gorefication and Janet Jackson's nipple.

    And while we're at it, let the doctors push the pills. Consider how much cheaper medicines might be without advertising budgets.

    Now excuse me while I make my call for a free trial of Enzyte.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  40. Jack

    The ads should be banned, but not for their indecency. No prescription medication ads should be allowed on TV. If you can't buy it in the store, why should you see the ad on TV? All they do is encourage people to walk into their doctor's office demanding whatever it is they saw on TV, if it is appropriate for them or not. So now the insurance company (or some welfare program) gets to pick up the tab for the office call, and the new, unnecessary prescription. Guess who pays for it in the end? EVERYONE.

    GOT A HEALTH PROBLEM? TELL YOUR DOCTOR. DON'T PRESCRIPTION SHOP ON TV.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  41. eshudnow

    Completely agree with the bill. I've been watching tv with my family and all of a sudden an ED commercial comes on talking about how to make a man larger. This is disgusting...

    May 7, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  42. miller

    What about Womens Menstruation Ads? If anything those are just as embarrassing. Should we ban those as well? And if ED ad's make people uncomfortable what about all the other sexually exploited shows, movies, commercials that are on depicting women as sexual objects? I think we have a lot of other issues to worry about....

    May 7, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  43. Kyle

    For thousands of years, kids have seen farm animals mate, erections and all. And they heard, and even saw, their parents mate in small one-room or close living quarters. Only in our modern urban society have we redifined what's embarrassing, thinking we are all now "wiser". Yeah, right.

    Kids have no problems learning what an erection is. It's many American adults who have the most difficulty with the embarrassment.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  44. Janet

    I agree!! I hope we have a ban placed on these adds. There's other ones about femine products that should go too. I can't think of anything more embarrassing than watching TV with my Dad and having one of those ads pop up.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  45. wedewz

    Don't tread on me. It is not required to watch television, nor is it required to let your children watch television. If you don't agree with it, you can choose to change the channel or turn the television off, it's not difficult. Just remember that every law that 'protects you and your children' is one more limit on freedom of any sort. If you want the networks to not carry these ads then boycott them and refuse to purchase any products they advertise as well as writing letters to the networks and the companies who advertise on them. If you think that is too much to ask of yourself then it is not that important to you to begin with so don't tread on others freedom of choice, which is exactly what this bill would be if passed.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  46. Sam

    Thank God! He still answers prayers...wait a minute before you judge me as another right wing, free speech hating......American. I am a father of 3 young kids, I am tired..yes really tired and angry at these stupid ads during normal hours when children/families watch TV together.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  47. Matthew

    Work on health care and energy technology. This issue is stupid and wasteful.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  48. rprsha

    Thank goodness for DVR's and TIVO – I blast right through those ads!

    May 7, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  49. Emode

    Remember when Bob Dole did the viagra commercials?

    What about tampon commercials?

    What about condom commercials?

    What about the christian children's fund commercials that show hundreds of starving children massed together picking up garbage?

    I AM one of the "children", now adults, that grew up with these commercials. I didn't know what any of those commercials were about until sexuality was explained to me.

    These adds are harmless, what is doing the most harm is letting the prudes flood from the woodwork to get one unimportant piece of worthless legislation pushed up the ladder to later fail.

    Representative Moron, go feed the starving, shelter the homeless, educate the poor.

    Stop wasting your time and opportunities as a representative of the united states people rambling on about commercials that "may or may not" be too inappropriate for TV.

    On another side note.. Nobody seemed to flare up on "Tea-party" day, when every news station had a shameless flow of "Tea-bagging" puns from sunrise to sunset.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  50. Charles B

    ZOMG! I have to talk to my children about a natural and wonderful part of life? THE HORROR!

    While I believe that there is something wrong with advertisements for medications, so I would like the outcome of such legislation, the reason for doing so is ridiculous.

    Sex is not something to be ashamed of and not something that needs to be hidden from kids. I am sure that back in the days of the cavemen, people were having sex in front of their children (and probably other people's children) all the time. Do we think all cavemen developed mental problems?

    May 7, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  51. Sigmund

    Ban them? It will never stand up in court!

    May 7, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  52. Dylan

    I cant get over this!! Everyone is up in arms about explaining ED to children, mean while no one pays attention to how many times a young female or toddler even for that matter has to sit and watch commercials about products that will make them better, prettier and the "right" size.

    Take time to watch a show in the primetime spot and reconsider where we should be getting up in arms about. I would rather explain to my 5 year old what erectile dysfunction is then try to explain why she thinks she need to look like every model on tv, and work on getting her self esteem back over the next couple years.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  53. Jack

    ..That is stupid...it`s 2009!..not midevil times...how ` bout bra commercials or feminine hygeine?....The problem is hiding what is real and being uptight about it. If life was really explained in tactful and tasteful ways to our kids and how to handle it,they would be better prepared . Hiding it or letiing them find out creates questions and experimenting on their own..which can have dire consequences, Educating truthfully is better.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  54. Beth Baergen

    I am sick to death of these ads on TV, I am embarrassed watching them when my kids are in the room (especially the phrase seek help for an erection lasting more than 4 hours). Frankly, they annoy me if I'm alone as well. And while we're at it, I'd love all the sanitary napkins/tampons ads yanked as well. Men know to go to the Dr if they are having problems, and women know where the aisle is in the grocery/drug store. We have become such a crass, tasteless society. Guess what, it isn't ok that anything goes – we do have sensibilities and bounderies that should be observed.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  55. Bob

    I have had to deflect my 11 year-old daughter's questions several times about this. She stopped asking once she got the answer from school friends. Now all she does is snicker when the ads come on.

    I'd also LOVE to see all the bra commercials go away too.

    TV is far too racy.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  56. Khepura

    I agree that the ads are racy and should be aired during times when small children can't see them. I also think the ads for the lotions and the little finger vibrator that comes with a condom should also be addressed. I'm not a prude...but I don't want to be put into a position where I have to answer those questions from little children that would not normally be asking these questions at the age of 4 or 5.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  57. Scott D.

    Sure the adds are anoying, but then so are the adds for Apple and Old Navy. If people don't like the adds that are running they should contact the TV station to complain not their congressperson.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  58. Harleyrat

    I'm tired of having my world controlled by parents who should spend more time controlling their own kids. I am a responsible adult who has worked at the same job for 21 years. I pay my pills, own my home, and am a conscientious member of society. Now you want to control the commercials that I am allowed to see because you have a tv set for a baby sitter instead of spending quality time engaging your child in outside activities. Perhaps you'd rather legislate what commercials are on tv so you don't even have to think about being in the same room with your child. Why don't you take more responsibility about what your child is watching, where they are internet surfing, who they are 'sexting, and allow me to watch commercials that are age appropriate for me.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  59. Chris

    The ads make me uncomfortable when my kids are in the room.

    I do think they should change one line though. Rather than "if an erection lasts for more than 4 hours, call your doctor", I'd make it "if an erection lasts more than 4 hours, call every woman you know."

    ; )

    May 7, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  60. NRMD

    Everytime I watch TV, I feel so bad to hear about erectile dysfunction ads. I spoken to my law makers many times. Are we, Americans, doing anything good to protect family, Social and marriage values. Forget about economy, it will turn back some day but what about values folks. We are destroying this country with our lack of understanding the issues that can put the country in great danger.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  61. netscape

    Forget the ads...they're harmless...turned on ABC "Brothers and Sisters" at 9pm central time, my 8 year old was still up and there were two men kissing...what the *#&$^$%

    May 7, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  62. Scott from Illinois

    Censorship is un-American. Period.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  63. tealia in GA

    I totally agee with this suggestion. I also think ads for KY products and Preparation H, birth control products, feminine hygiene products and other bodily function products should not appear on TV. Especially at prime time hours or dinner time hours. They are offensive and if anything are off-putting for encouraging me to buy their products. They are inappropriate for family viewing time. There is concern about kids growing up too fast now. These ads certainly don't address that problem. Taking them off the air would be the best thing that happened to TV in years.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  64. Mandy

    Kids today watch too much tv. Instead of explaining awkward commercials to your children, turn off the television and play a board game with them, send them outside, have them read a book. Then for the hour of television they are allowed to watch in a given day, pop in a kid friendly movie or tune into a kid friendly station. I used to love watching Nick Jr. as a little kid, and I do not ever remember seeing Viagra advertised.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  65. rac

    you want to help our kids ... get rid of violence on tv, get rid of the previews of violent movies being released, do not allow news programs to talk about the bad things in this world that are happening in snipits before the news program. that is really how you can help our kids .. never mind erectile dysfunction which is a health issue that is real.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  66. No big deal

    then we should also take off all the "womens" commericials about "heavy days" "vaginal cleansing" etc. They are disgusting to me. And they are on all the time. Especially at dinner time, and I have to hear about "heavy flow" days. Or "feminine itching".
    Oh...I have dared to speak up about womens issues...never hear the end of this.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  67. M

    Hes a Democrat. Surprise folks, decency isnt limited to the Republicans.

    Moving them to late night isnt a gagging or cencorship order. its just common sense.

    Do you want YOUR 4 or 5 year old asking about that?

    *thats a trick question, because if you do, you have no business being a parent. There is a time and a place and 4 or 5 isnt it folks.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  68. m vekkos

    Erectile dysfunction medicine alone is ridiculous and embarrassing and the advertisements for this should be aired only on late late night tv networks when most likely frustrated women are watching tv. I'm sure theyll get their husbands to go to the doctor. The ridiculous 'syndromes' and 'diseases' that doctors and pharmaceutical companies have come up with in the last 15 years just to sell a product are dehumanizing, humiliating, and preys on the pychological insecurities of people. We are actually being influenced by these 'pill' advertisements to have one of these 'health issues', just so the doctor and pill company can make a buck for awhile until the popularity of the pill goes down. America is not just about making money, America can't and does not have it's roots in money alone. America is a beautiful state of mind where people can grow in their own common sense and dignity and to have the freedom to put forth the goodness and full potential of the gifts that they were born with.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  69. Ron

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    I'm sick of these ads as are, I would imagine, many wives.

    This is not a happy time ad for kids.

    Shame on the drug load companies that air these ads during primetime.

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    May 7, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  70. Rae Ann

    If these ads are banned then get rid of the ones for all the female items used during their monthly deal. Those are just as or more so disgusting as the men's ads. I don't like having my granddaughter watching those ads. She will find out soon enough about this bodily function.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  71. CD

    Not only should the ED ads be limited, please add the KY stimulant add to that as well. Not every thing needs to be broadcast at prime time. This has nothing to do with children being educated at home. Children hear enough to ask questions without these topics being thrust in the face of the entire family! It should be an individual's choice when they think/talk/watch anything about sex!

    May 7, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  72. Jane Schiff

    These ads need to be substituted with the C-Span coverage of Congressman Max Baucus of Montana getting multiple physicians who were present arrested in his health committee session on May 5, 2009. He kept trying to cut them off from speaking about the need for a single – payer system. Dr. Flowers was one of those arrested.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  73. John

    I agree that these commercials are annoying, and it can be an awkward topic when brought up by small children. At the same time, whatever happen to parents controlling what their kid sees? What happened to freedom of speech and other various rights? I think alot of the tv shows that come on around 6 or 7pm are just as bad or worse than those commercials and deal with even heavier topics. Before you fly off the handle about some commercials, think about the other junk on tv, being responsible adults and controlling what your kids take it.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  74. Lucas

    Erectile dysfunction is a legitimate medical problem and there is nothing "dirty" about a penis or an erection. Healthy males of all ages have erections and it is just as natural as breathing. It's time for Jim Moran and other "adults" to just grow up.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  75. tlh112564

    What is your opinion on the KY commercials?

    May 7, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  76. Evelyn, St. Louis

    I hope the bill passes!! Enough already. I dislike those ads intensely. They are ludicrous. If someone has those problems, they should be discussed with their doctor who, if patient can use the product, will prescribe the medication. Small children should not be subjected to those ads. They run continuously. I mute the TV or turn it off,

    May 7, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  77. Al Iglesias

    Peggy...I am a proud Democrat and if you see my previous comment believe these ads need to go away. Another major problem with our society is we label people and put them in categories and think we know how they think and believe. Liberal, conservative, moderate who cares..the bottom line most of us would agree that this is inappropriate for our kids to watch at all hours of the day. When we wake up someday probably not in our lifetime and stop labeling we can move forward as a society.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  78. c. spenst

    I am sick of the adds. I have a 7 year old who does ask what are they talking about. 7. I can't just make something up. He even grabs the remote and changes the channel. And no they shouldn't be on channels that are taregted to men. We watch ghost hunters every wednesday guess what, the stupid adds are on that channel from the time the show starts to when we go to bed. Every commercial break there's one of those adds. It wouldn't be so bad if they were once in a while but ALL NIGHT LONG? And it doesn't matter what channel we change it to. We are bombarded with them and we're sick of it. No one really cares if you have ED. That's what your doctor is for. And if you want to be larger or have more fun, you can get that information on line and order it that way. Heck my mailbox is full of junk like that and I'm a woman. I'm also sick of the adds for imitrex, nasonex and everything else. If you know you're sick go to the doctor. I don't see any adds that if you have an infection ask your doctor about amoxicillin. The adds aren't cute, they aren't tasteful and they're just annoying. And yes the women's hygeine adds need to go away. Happy period my rump. Or the one with the woman rolling over in bed and the whistle blowing because her pad keeps shifting around. If I want to tell my son what happens to people when going through puberty and afterwards let ME do it. I don't need some advertising company telling him for me but if we watch TV we have no choice. Advertisers need to use some sense. Kids cereal adds can't have cartoon characters anymore because the FDA decided that it influenced kids to eat too much sugar for breakfast and was making our nation fat. Well sorry hasn't changed anything and kids are fatter now than they were before. So now we're suppose to explain to our kids what an erection lasting 4 hours is and what ED is and what a happy period is. Thanks advertisers we appreciate it!

    May 7, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  79. C.McManus

    This is absolutely ridiculous. They might as well put a ban on birth control ads. Those send the subliminal message to our young women that promiscuity is all right. For younger children, ED ads probably go zooming over their head. They, fortunately, have their innocence. When they ask about ED, parents could probably fudge details for a while. Just say its something that older people need sometimes and leave it at that.

    Oh, and for American politicians, GET A GRIP. You have plenty of other things to worry about besides ED ads.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  80. christie

    I agree, these commercials are ridiculous. I didn't realize ED was such a problem! Just Ti-Vo through the commercials....I never watch commercials. Pfizer is wasting their money.

    May 7, 2009 at 10:28 am |
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