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Statement on Emmy Nomination of CBS TV Show 'Undercover Boss'
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  Freeman Brown: "we should see 'Undercover Boss' for what it really is: undercover advertising for corporations under the guise of reality TV"
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2010

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Doug Pennington
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Washington, D.C. – On news that the CBS Television show 'Undercover Boss' was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Reality Program this morning, Kimberly Freeman Brown, Executive Director of American Rights at Work, released the following statement:

"In today's economy, where America's workers are facing wage cuts, dangerous workplaces and loss of their retirement savings, working families deserve much better than the saccharine sweetness of 'Undercover Boss.'

While some may find it entertaining television, few observers can honestly mistake 'Undercover Boss' for a ‘real’ look into the problems workers confront in the workplace. Likewise, no one should confuse this show for evidence of a new era of respect, empowerment, and fair treatment of employees by corporate America.

We should see 'Undercover Boss' for what it really is: undercover advertising for corporations under the guise of reality TV, burnishing the images of CEO's who need all the good PR they can get."

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Resources:

Emmy Awards nominations announcement: http://www.emmys.com/sites/emmys.com/files/62ndemmys_noms.pdf

 
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American Rights at Work – http://www.americanrightsatwork.org – is the nation's leading labor policy and advocacy organization dedicated to educating the American public about the barriers that workers face when they attempt to exercise their rights to freely and fairly form unions and engage in collective bargaining.