PTC Outraged Over ‘Family Guy' Episode
Urging members to file FCC complaints
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 3/11/2009 11:18:05 AM
The Parents Television Council said Tuesday it is urging its members to file a complaint at the FCC over Sunday's (March 8) episode of Family Guy.
"Family Guy is squarely aimed at young viewers and is never lacking in crude humor and explicit content, but this episode crossed the line," said Tim Winter. "Imagine the shock of a family who stumbled across the show during the Sunday evening programming block, as early as 8 p.m. in the Central and Mountain Time zones. Fox treated viewers to everything from an ‘eleven-way' gay orgy to baby Stewie eating a bowl of cereal with horse sperm instead of milk."
While PTC regularly cites shows it has issues with, it has not called on members to complain to the FCC since last fall, said PTC director of public policy Dan Isett. PTC also said that a PTC member would personally contact every advertiser in the show.
PTC complaints against the Janet Jackson halftime reveal helped prompt the FCC's content crackdown, but the commission's indecency enforcement regime was called into question by various court rulings including the Supreme Court's current consideration of the FCC's indecency finding against Fox stations for swearing on Billboard Awards broadcasts in 2002 and 2003.
Family Guy has historically pushed the envelope in its skewering of culture, convention and just about everything else, including tweaking the PTC-backed FCC indecency crackdown in an episode that featured "The Freakin FCC" production number.
yall r some stupid ppl cryin over a tv show family guy is the greatest show ever made it blew futurama out the water and the same for american dad if u don't want ur kids watching family guy block it god thats y they have parental control
matt howland - 8/25/2009 3:11:19 AM EDT
Gustavo A - 5/26/2009 5:40:15 PM EDT
wow, just wow
ok, ok, if theres a problem with a tv show we should just whine a b!tch about it instead of stopping your kids from watching it...
your all "such great parents"
Family Guys does occasionaly cross the line
but, thats when you change the channel.
dont call the FCC while you child is watcing an orgy thats not even on screen
sean scott - 4/27/2009 6:27:18 PM EDT
Here's where you liberal dunces go wrong. 8pm isnt adult hour. I have no problem with adult oriented shows or talk but not at 8pm...How about if someone starts telling your kids what a gloryhole is while they are at the bus stop before school? How about your gay neighbor starts talking to your children about sperm and analingus? Rush Limbaugh??? You morons bring up Rush Limbaugh? Its not about censorship you dolts, its about looking out for kids. You left wing clowns spewing your "rush limbaugh" nonsense shows how damn feeble you really are. Get a clue you fools.
Tony - 3/27/2009 4:45:52 PM EDT
I'm a little split on this issue.
I agree that parents need to do everything to protect their kids from what they deem objectionable. My TV has all the parental locks on and my kids don't know the combo. There's no way that they will watch "Family Guy" as long as I have anything to say about it.
On the other hand, why can't people speak up when they are offended by content without being shouted down?
As I recall, radio's Don Imus was let go for a "humorous" comment that offended some people a year or so back. Did all of you who posted here post in his defense back then?
Did you angrily tell the people who were offended that they should "Shush" "go away" or "worry about more important things?"
My point is, why can't people speak up and have their arguments heard and debated on their merits. If they have merit, it will show. If they do not, why the insults?
Andy Farnsworth - 3/17/2009 5:55:11 PM EDT
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