10:15am PT by Lesley Goldberg
PTC Blasts 'American Horror Story: Hotel' as "Most Vile" Content Ever
The Parents Television Council isn't happy with Ryan Murphy.
The conservative watchdog group has blasted FX's American Horror Story: Hotel and also taken issue with Fox's Scream Queens — both produced by Murphy and Brad Falchuk.
The group, led by president Tim Winter, singled out the season premiere of Hotel for featuring what he called an "unbelievably explicit combination of sex and violence."
The episode featured a bloody foursome involving Lady Gaga and Matt Bomer. The group-sex encounter, directed by Murphy, marked quite the acting debut for the pop star, who plays The Countess, the glamorous, bloodthirsty owner of the eponymous Hotel Cortez. Not to be outdone, the season opener also featured a graphic rape scene involving Max Greenfield in which his character was raped with a spiked sex toy.
"This is the most vile and shocking content I've ever seen on TV. Ever," Winter wrote in an email to subscribers calling for an advertiser boycott the series. "Most Americans have no idea this is primetime fare on advertiser-supported basic cable. And everyone is paying for it as part of their program bundle."
The group urged sponsors — singling out Subway — to spend their ad dollars in a more responsible fashion.
Not to be outdone, the PTC also took issue with Murphy and Falchuk's Fox horror comedy anthology Scream Queens — which it noted is rated appropriate for 14-year-olds and airs at 7 p.m. in the Central and Mountain time zones.
"In spite of this, the program features graphic decapitations and discussions of necrophilia in the family hour … all sponsored by McDonalds," the group wrote.