GGW is known for trolling beaches, colleges and clubs frequented by young women and videotaping their (usually inebriated) targets exposing themselves -- in exchange for a cap or a t-shirt. The new "un-rated" 12-part, half-hour reality series, will air on Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's HDNet channel.
The independent network is generally included automatically in HD packages with leading providers such as Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network and Verizon. Donna Rice Hughes, President and Chairman of Enough is Enough, an organization that seeks to protect children from inappropriate websites and viewing content, has issued a warning regarding the show.
"Parents beware - 'The Hottest Girl in America' show is yet another sexually exploitative show that entices teenage girls and young women to bare all and behave provocatively in order to be featured on the show and potentially win the show's title role," Fox News quoted her as saying.
"This show, in the same vein as its equally inappropriate predecessor 'Girls Gone Wild', gets girls to imitate porn stars, strippers and pole dancers, cheered on by scores of hungry, horny boys. Not only does this send a destructive message to girls that this is the way to get noticed-both by the opposite sex and a large viewing audience-but it also sends the message to boys and girls that a female's value is based on her body and sexual appeal and little else," she stated.
But Francis, 37, argues that the reality show is suited to a 'mature audience' - although an edited version will also be made available for a 'run on all stations' and will be acceptable for all time periods and all viewers. "The show is by no means anything harder than anything that's been on HBO. Cuban has brilliantly designed this programming block, what he's done is taken HBO's whole niche and made it for free," he said.
"You get HDNet as part of your basic cable package. Girls Gone Wild' has been demonized for all these years, it's been made out to be controversial when in fact HBO has ten times the harder core stuff and Cinemax is what we call Skin'emax. Mark (Cuban) is genius and taken it into the free market," he added.
The show is not marked as being 'adult-themed' on HDNet's schedule, although the teaser trailer has been deemed 'not appropriate for work'. A rep from HDNet confirmed that the show will run uncensored in the overnight programming block, and any airings after midnight EDT do not require warnings.
But according to the Parents Television Council, for GGW to market themselves as anything other than a porn-based company they are is appalling. "GGW has built its brand on the exploitation of intoxicated women, that's just what they are and for them to pretend to be anything but that is quite frankly, sickening," Dan Isett, Director of Public Policy at the Parents Television Council Director, said.
"This (new show) further demonstrates the need for people to have cable choice. People should have the opportunity to pay for it individually and not have it part of their basic package. I would caution advertisers to be prepared for a public reaction if they were to advertise on programs like that, they have a responsibility for the programming. These advertisers ultimately pay for it and should be held accountable for a show like that," he added.