PTC Files Indecency Complaint Against Fox

The watchdog group says the network’s airing at 9 p.m. ET of The X Factor contestant Geo Godley dropping his pants and exposing himself represented “a conscious decision by the producers … to intentionally air this content in front of millions of families during hours when they knew full well that children would be watching.”

The Parents Television Council is filing a formal broadcast indecency complaint with the FCC regarding Fox Broadcasting’s Wednesday, two-hour premiere of The X Factor, which featured contestant Geo Godley dropping his pants and exposing himself during a song and dance routine. The incident aired shortly after 9 p.m. ET, during the hours when indecent content is prohibited on broadcast television.

X Factor judge L.A.. Reid described the performance of contestant Geo Godley as ‘offensive, disgusting, distasteful and upsetting.’ And based upon contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium, the PTC adds to Reid’s description the title ‘indecent,’ ” said PTC President Tim Winter in a statement.

“As the broadcast decency law comes before the United States Supreme Court in the coming term, Fox has offered a compelling demonstration as to why that law needs to be upheld.  If Godley performed his act in public, he would have been arrested. But if he performs it in front of a Fox camera, his act is beamed via the public airwaves into every home in the nation.

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“The prolonged, previously videotaped footage of a contestant dancing nude on the X Factor stage represents a conscious decision by the producers — with the approval of the network’s broadcast standards department — to intentionally air this content in front of millions of families during hours when they knew full well that children would be watching.

“Families were led to believe the X Factor would be family-friendly programming and instead were assaulted by graphic nudity. Perhaps the ‘X’ in X Factor stands for the MPAA rating. No wonder PTC Seal of Approval winner and judge Paula Abdul walked out during the performance, apparently becoming physically ill by what happened.  

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“The X Factor showed more than a glimmer as to why such competitions are so engaging for the viewing public, with inspiring stories of talented performers gripping the audience. And while we understand the entertainment hook that comes from the occasional train wreck, something so inherently and patently offensive as this obscene performance is more than a sucker punch; it is a violation of Fox station’s broadcast licenses. We have filed a complaint with the FCC and are urging our members and other concerned citizens to follow suit.


“Finally, the fact that Fox assigned a content rating of TV-PG DL for a naked man frolicking around on a stage is not just inaccurate, it is fraudulent. We call on the amorphous Content Ratings Review Board to immediately investigate this incident and hold Fox accountable for violating the spirit and the letter of the content ratings system, which can only be described at this point as rigged and blatantly inaccurate,” Winter concluded.

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none none says:

September 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

These people are nuts. FOX covered it up and taught a good lesson to kids not to be a dumb ass.

len Kubas says:

September 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Gee, I guess they missed 2-1/2 men. Just because the PMRC gave the X-factor such a strong recommendation, I still won’t watch it.

Warren Harmon says:

September 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I’m a Fox news fan but the entertainment content side of Fox is Disgusting, Step up FCC and clean it up. Its not only x factor but family man and the likes. A few million ought to help the budget and the content.

    Judie Binder says:

    September 23, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I think you mean Family Guy.

    Teri Keene says:

    September 23, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    And Homebrew the Hypocrite roars again. You don’t want government in your life, but yet want them to police content on TV. You can’t have it both ways. Maybe you should pay the government to help out the budget.

mike tomasino says:

September 23, 2011 at 5:03 pm

“Conservative” news on one side and a constant pushing of the envelope as far as decency in entertainment on the other. Rupert Murdoch and company’s main interest is money. They don’t care what your values are as long as you’re paying them.

Tom Sides says:

September 23, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Did the PTC miss that big “X” covering the guy’s goodies? There’s not a living human over the age of 5 that doesn’t realize the anatomy that resides in this location, so why is this so shocking? We didn’t see ANYTHING. Simply amazing that this group exists, let alone gets any attention.

    len Kubas says:

    September 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    they obviously could see right through the x.

Kevin Wright says:

September 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm

“Finally, the fact that Fox assigned a content rating of TV-PG DL,” said the PTC prez. Actually, the rating was ’14/DL”.

As to the show, If I were the producers, I would never have let any footage of that bonehead see the light of day.

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