LOS ANGELES (January 23, 2006) – The
Parents Television Council® is
calling Fox out of the henhouse for deliberately targeting impressionable
teen viewers with its raunchy cartoon,
Family Guy. In a recent web advertisement, Fox boasts that
Family Guy is "#1 with teens"
(the show had a 5.9 Nielson rating), yet anyone familiar with the content on
this show knows that it is not appropriate for teens. Episodes this season
have included scenes in which a teacher tries to show his high school class
a homemade sex video showing him in women's lingerie; references to oral
sex; children discussing threesomes and prostitution, and other sexually
graphic and indecent content.
Advertisements for the
Family Guy have appeared on
The Simpsons – the #1 show with 2-11-year-old children and #2
with 12-17-year-old children according to Nielson ratings in September 2005,
during afternoon football games and on a number of PG-rated shows, including
"It is the height of irresponsibility for Fox to deliberately
target this sleaze at young viewers. It's clear that Fox puts making a
dollar from young viewers above any sense of responsibility or social
conscience. This type of content is in questionable taste even for adults,
but when Fox boasts about its success at marketing it to teens, they've
clearly crossed the line," said L. Brent Bozell, president of the PTC™.
"Before Fox brought it back,
Family Guy was placed on the
Cartoon Network's ‘Adult Swim' for good reason – it's strictly adult
content. Fox may claim that Family Guy
is targeted to adults, but that's clearly not the case. We hope parents are
aware that not every cartoon is safe for their teens. We will make sure the
advertisers of the program are aware of the inflammatory content that's
shown on Family Guy."
To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please
contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 683-5004, ext. 140.