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Press Release

June 6, 2008

Fox Claims Nudity is Not Indecent

PTC Criticizes Fox’s Legal Challenge to Financial Penalty for Breaking Indecency Law


LOS ANGELES (June 6, 2008) – The Parents Television Council criticized Fox for filing a motion to dismiss the indecent “Married by America” episode that featured repeated scenes of wild sex parties including nudity and graphic sexual activity.  The FCC fined Fox for this episode that aired on April 7, 2003.


“Fox’s arguments have no basis in reality.  This ‘Married by America’ episode featured whipped cream being licked off of nude strippers on prime time broadcast television – which clearly crossed the line of decency.  If Fox executives exposed that same content to their own employees, they would be sued for sexual harassment.  Yet they are pumping that very same material into homes when millions of children are in the viewing audience,” said PTC President Tim Winter.


“Fox is using every excuse in the book to try to avoid the legal obligations of their broadcast licenses.  Not only that, but Fox isn’t even being consistent in their excuses.  In the so-called ‘fleeting profanity’ case, Fox argued that the FCC did not have the power to regulate the public airwaves for indecent language.  In the brief filed yesterday, Fox claims that the FCC’s authority only extends to indecent language, yet Fox did not even make that argument in the Second Circuit Court case.  Fox can’t have it both ways.


“Fox must stop dodging the truth – the network clearly broke the indecency law.  It should pay the penalty for doing so.  The FCC fine of $91,000 is the equivalent to just a few seconds of advertising time.


“The U.S. Court of Appeals for DC needs to recognize this case for what it is: Fox’s flagrant disregard for the law and the will of the people.  We hope the Supreme Court takes notice of this blatant hypocrisy as they consider the ‘fleeting expletives’ case,” Winter concluded.


To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver (ext. 140) or Megan Franko (ext. 148) at (703) 683-5004.



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 more than 1.3 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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