'Family Guy' Rape Episode: Parents Television Council Calls for FCC Complaints (Exclusive)
"Joking about child rape on TV shows and using such patently offensive sexual dialogue is a gross violation of a broadcast licensee's public-interest obligation," said PTC president Tim Winter.
This past Sunday's episode of Family Guy, in which a character was on trial for statutory rape, and featured some pretty detailed discussions of sexual acts, went too far, the Parents Television Council believes.
The organization argues that the episode's sexual content, including explicit dialogue, violated indecency standards and wants people to complain to the FCC.
“We believe that Family Guy’s description of this explicit sexual terminology violates the broadcast indecency law. And we believe that joking about statutory rape, as Family Guy did throughout this episode, exceeds contemporary community standards of decency for the broadcast medium," PTC president Tim Winter said in a statement. "As such, we urge our members, as well as other Americans who agree that the broadcast was legally indecent, to file formal indecency complaints with the FCC."
The episode aired at 9 p.m., a time when children are likely to be in the viewing audience, the PTC claims, adding that Family Guy is popular among children ages 12-17 and even as young as 2-11.
“Sexual assault is an increasingly troubling problem across America," Winter added. "Joking about child rape on TV shows and using such patently offensive sexual dialogue — especially when they air at such an early hour and when they attract such a young viewing audience — is a gross violation of a broadcast licensee’s public-interest obligation.”
Reps for Family Guy have not yet responded to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment.