The network, Hanks and 'GMA' host Elizabeth Vargas have all apologized for the slip of tongue but PTC said these cannot and must not be dismissed as 'mistakes'.
Tom Hanks dropped the F bomb on live broadcast of "Good Morning America" and quickly covered his mouth after realizing that he made a mistake. The actor was promoting his latest film "Cloud Atlas" on the morning show and was imitating the British accent of a character who said "f**king boots".
Both Hanks and "GMA" host Elizabeth Vargas repeatedly apologized to the audience. "We are SO sorry, 'Good Morning America'," Vargas said. Hanks chimed in, "I have never done that before," adding "I would apologize to the kids of America." He jokingly said that he would be subject to a seven-second delay the next time he's on the show.
ABC later released a formal apology, saying "This morning Tom Hanks accidentally used an expletive during a live interview on 'GMA' with Elizabeth Vargas. They both immediately apologized on air, and the show was corrected for the all subsequent feeds."
However, PTC was also quick to show their displeasure. "Once again, a morning news show has allowed the harshest profanity to be broadcast into every living room and breakfast table in the country," director of public policy Dan Isett said. "This is just another in a long, sad string of similar instances where all of the major network morning shows have permitted this inappropriate and offensive content. These cannot and must not be dismissed as 'mistakes,' and it's time for the networks to step up, take responsibility for what they broadcast, and ensure that this never happens again."