Fox Promotes Children’s Movie
with Family Guy Sex Scene
On January 22nd, 20thCentury-Fox
will release the movie Tooth Fairy. Starring Dwayne Johnson as a macho pro athlete who is
forced to take on the duties of the magical Tooth Fairy, the
movie is rated PG and is clearly targeted at young
children. But the studio considered it appropriate to promote
this film with a graphic sex scene on Fox’s adult-themed
animated series Family Guy.
In the Sunday, January 3rd
episode of Family Guy, husband Peter is suffering from
amnesia. He spies on his wife Lois as she undresses down to her
bra and panties. “Get nude! Get nude! Please get nude!” Peter
drools from his hiding place in a closet. Lois tells him, “You
don’t have to spy on me. You’re my husband.” “Something’s
happening in my pants, in the front this time,” Peter says, as
he stands next to his near-naked wife. “That just means you’re
excited…It means you want to make love,” says Lois. “But I
forget how to make love,” the amnesiac Peter stammers. “That’s
okay. I’ll show you. Just follow my lead,” Lois leers. Close-ups
show Peter’s pants being unbuckled and dropping to the floor,
and Peter lying back on the bed, as Lois crawls on top of him.
She kisses her way down to his crotch as the song “Feels Like
the First Time” blares on the soundtrack.
The sex scene is interrupted by a
title card stating: “Due to FCC regulations, we cannot show
graphic intercourse over the airwaves. Instead, Peter and Lois’
sex scene will be simulated by Dwayne Johnson.”
A brief clip – not animated, but
live-action – shows the real-life Dwayne Johnson with a pair of
Family Guy dolls. He pounds the Peter doll onto of the
Lois one, causing it to slide off a table. Johnson then looks
about in mock confusion. The scene cuts back to the Family
Guy cartoon, showing Peter atop Lois, both covered with a
blanket, as they scream in orgasm.
The rest of the Family Guy
episode was filled with “jokes” about incest, scenes depicting
Peter beating and murdering a prostitute, and an adulterous
Lois’ lover administering electrical shocks to his own genitals
as he yells “dammit!” repeatedly. In addition to Johnson’s
personal appearance on Family Guy, ads for Tooth Fairy
ran throughout all of Fox’s Sunday-night programming – including
American Dad, which featured a scene of its lead
character masturbating a horse.
Both 20th Century-Fox
and the Fox broadcast network are owned by News Corp., so it is
not surprising that ads for Tooth Fairy appeared on Fox.
What is surprising is that News Corp’s executives apparently
believe that the ideal means of promoting their children’s movie
is with a sex scene – in which the movie’s star participates.
This also proves that what the
PTC has long contended is true: while Fox claims its Sunday
night cartoon lineup is intended for adults, it clearly knows
that they are watched by huge numbers of children.
If you'd like to contact Fox about this incident use the contact
Senior Vice President Communications
Fox Networks Group