Congressman Jim Moran fidgets every time a Viagra, Cialis or Levitra commercial pops up on TV to inform him of ways to combat erectile dysfunction. That has to be why the Virginia Congressman introduced the “Families for ED Advertising Decency Act,” a bill that would ban “any advertisement for a medication for the treatment of erectile dysfunction or for male enhancement” between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Moran is way off base.
This blogger also fidgets whenever he is watching TV with his daughters and an ED ad bursts onto the screen with the warning about seeing a doctor if an erection lasts longer than four hours. Never mind, the ton of risque sexual innuendo that is jam-packed into the spots. The truth of the matter: viewers pretty much turn off Cialis’ collection of fun couples after watching them cavort in their respectful bath tubs for the umpteenth time.
Moran’s concern with kids watching ED ads is admirable, but has the good Congressman ever checked out some of the junk sites that attract young people on the Internet? That would be an eye-opener. Also, media-drenched young people are much more sophisticated in processing information than when Moran was a whippersnapper.
Plain and simple: Congress should not be in the censorship business.
Where do Moran and his supporters strike next? A simple reworking of Moran’s bill could lead to the ban on ads for beer, shampoo, tampons, cellphones, video games or restless leg syndrome (count me in on that one).
The good people of Alexandria, Falls Church and Reston like their Congressman. They elected Moran ten times, impressed by his leadership roles in the transportation, environmental, high-technology, free/fair trade and national security areas.
Moran should stick to what he does best. Let the drug companies pitch their ED pills wherever they want.