Tell ESPN: Stick to sports, not nude images
ESPN executives recently bid adieu to their standard of not sharing nude images on their online homepage. On July 5th, boxer Conor McGregor was featured on ESPN’s homepage in a completely nude photo.
Facing criticism, the executives are standing by their decision to feature the nude photograph. ESPN Public Editor Jim Brady wrote in an op-ed, “standards are shifting and the network is trying to shift with them.” He continued, “The explosion of the Internet and social media has obliterated the barriers that once largely kept profanity and nudity away from the general consumer.”
Help us tell ESPN’s executives that they should maintain necessary barriers between their unsuspecting readers—many of whom are children and young adults—and inappropriate nudity.
According to ESPN Public Editor Jim Brady, “ESPN’s digital platforms reached 79.1 million people in the U.S. in July, making it the 32nd-largest digital property in the U.S. and the most-trafficked digital sports property in the country.” The decision to feature nude photography on ESPN’s homepage has far-reaching consequences for the American public.
Many viewers, especially young people, are introduced to dangerous pornography addictions through softcore nude images. According to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, “porn is addictive, and encourages unhealthy and degrading attitudes towards women, sex, and love in those who use it. “
ESPN has asked for public comment on their decision. It is vital that we speak out in opposition to this dangerous decision.
When you sign this petition, your note will be sent directly to ESPN’s Public Editor. Please help us tell ESPN that your standards have not “shifted,” and you still believe that children—and all individuals—should be protected from obscene images.
Common decency should be maintained at ESPN.