The watchdog group takes 3,000 complaints to the FCC about the Fox show’s April 25 episode centered on breast implants.
The Parents Television Council hand-delivered nearly 3,000 broadcast indecency complaints to the FCC over content found in Fox Broadcasting’s The Mick.
The group called for concerned citizens to file complaints over the April 25 episode that aired at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 CT, and which centered on a teenage girl and her desire to get breast implants. The minor tells her guardian that “…you’re working the room like you’re mayor of tit town.”
PTC said: “Not only was an indecent word used in a sexual context, but the dialogue was delivered by a minor. Furthermore, the entire episode included graphic sexual dialogue and double-entendres, yet it was rated by Fox as appropriate for viewing by children as young as 14 years old.” [To view some of these scenes, click here.]
“We are urging the FCC to help protect the publicly-owned broadcast airwaves from indecent content such as what was aired on The Mick,” said PTC Program Director Melissa Henson. “The T-word has historically been considered off-limits for broadcast TV, as was affirmed in the FCC v. Pacifica Foundation case. Even comedian George Carlin once joked that it was one of the words you could never say on television.
“The FCC should issue an indecency fine to send a message to Fox Broadcasting and to the broadcast TV industry that indecent content is unacceptable. As long as Fox is licensing and profiting from the use of a public resource — the broadcast airwaves — they must abide by the law.
“Additionally, not only did Fox allow a minor to say the indecent word, Fox enabled the minor to be sexualized by centering the entire episode around her breasts.
“With the Senate hearings over the nominations of Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr to serve as FCC commissioners taking place on Wednesday, the FCC will finally be in a position to act quickly on adjudicating these complaints. Children must be protected from indecent content,” Henson concluded.