The watchdog group says the March 8 episode included bestiality, orgies and babies eating horse sperm and was not appropriate for its time slot and audience.
The Parents Television Council said today it is filing an indecency complaint with the FCC and encouraging its members to do the same after what it called a sexually explicit episode of Fox’s Family Guy aired on Sunday, March 8, at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific and 8 p.m. in the Central and Mountain time zones.
“Family Guy is squarely aimed at young viewers and is never lacking in crude humor and explicit content, but this episode crossed the line,” PTC President Tim Winter said. “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 ‘11-way’ gay orgy to baby Stewie eating a bowl of cereal with horse sperm instead of milk. The fact that Fox would have us believe this is appropriate for a 14-year-old, based on the show’s program rating, is laughable.
“If that isn’t enough,” Winter added, “the show’s leading character is also shown fanaticizing about his wife and moaning while a horse licks his bare behind. Clearly, the explicit content was not isolated to one instance in one segment of the show; it permeated the entire program.
“Family Guy airs on the public airwaves,” the PTC said, “and contrary to what its producers and creators might want to believe, the show is not above the federal indecency law. The program’s timeslot and animated format — that naturally appeals to young viewers — make the content even more problematic.”
Winter said PTC is encouraging its members and concerned citizens “to contact their local broadcasters and their public servants with their complaints. Each and every advertiser who paid for this show to air will also be personally contacted by the PTC and asked if bringing orgies and bestiality into American living rooms resonates with their corporate image,” Winter concluded.