The watchdog group files a complaint at the FCC. It says the Fox animated show’s Dec. 13 episode in which a stripper gives a lap dance to a male character is indecent and shouldn’t have appeared, especially in the 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central time slot.
The Parents Television Council has filed an indecency complaint with the FCC over the Dec. 13 episode of Fox’s Family Guy, that contained what the group called an explicit scene in which a stripper gives a lap dance to a male character. Family Guy airs Sunday at 9 p.m. and is one of the most-watched programs on television with children ages 6-11.
PTC’s summary of the episode: “Loutish Peter takes his father-in-law and friends to a strip club named the Fuzzy Clam. Peter tells a stripper to perform a lap dance on his father-in-law. She bends over and waggles her rear before his face. “Do I stick the money right inside of her?” he asks. When Peter replies, “No, you do not,” his father-in-law asks, “Why? Have you done that before?” Peter giggles nervously. As the woman briefly rubs her rear against the father-in-law’s crotch, he asks, “When do I hit her?” Peter pours beer down his in-law’s throat and orders the stripper to “give this old bastard the ride of his life.” The stripper writhes up and down against the father-in-law’s body, shakes her breasts in his face, then straddles his lap and thrusts her groin against his. Lois’ father grunts in pleasure, then spasms and collapses to the ground as he has a heart attack.”
PTC President Tim Winter said in a statement: “Families with young children were exposed to this indecent content, which even aired during the first few minutes of the episode. Families who watch television together on Sunday night shouldn’t be bombarded by content like this that would be more appropriate for the Playboy Channel. Is this how Fox upholds its obligation to use the people’s airwaves ‘in the public interest?’ Since when does assaulting families become more acceptable than entertaining them?”
He continued: “Apparently Fox must believe that because the program is animated it can air anything it wants on Family Guy no matter how inappropriate or indecent. Fox hides behind satire and animation as an ‘excuse’ to air the foulest material imaginable, but Fox needs to learn that broadcast decency laws apply to all broadcast programming aired during the time when children are most likely to be watching, and we urge our members to file indecency complaints with the Federal Communication Commission over this episode.”