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Press Release

January 23, 2006

PTC Calls on Fox to Stop Targeting Teens with Family Guy Raunch

Fox Ad Touts Family Guy as Top-Rated Show for Teens


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 Bernie Mac.


"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.

The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has over one million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.






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