Saturday, May 9, 2009

Flaccid Politics & ED Pills

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.


The Federal Communications Commission is probably overjoyed by Representative Jim Moran's bill. As I mentioned previously, the FCC loves to overregulate. Initially, I was surprised that a Democrat introduced this legislation. I did a little research and discovered that there is a lot of disagreement within the two major parties on sexual matters. Although the majority of these disagreements have to do with sex education, I am sure they extend to things like the Erectile Dysfunction (ED) commercials. Honestly, I feel a little uncomfortable when a Viagra commercial comes on as I'm watching TV with my little brothers. My discomfort, however, isn't fueled by my belief that the commercials are inappropriate. I just don't want to explain to those little guys what Viagra does.

The commercials for ED pills should not be restricted to a certain time frame. They are done tastefully with respectable looking older couples. It's not like the cast of Spanish Harlem is featured prominently in exotic positions. I really hope this bill doesn't pass. Our elected officials should be busy improving the economy and finding ways for our country to become less dependent on foreign oil. 88-Keys and Kanye West have a song called "Stay Up (Viagra)" that a lot of my friends seem to enjoy. The title of the song pretty much explains what the song is about.

What she got is so Niagara
Make a young n**** straight need Viagra
Make a old n**** give keys to Jaguar
Just to keep from all the tee-hee's and laughter
Her telling her homegirls that he couldn't stay up
In the restaurant with her voice way up