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Press Release

December 15, 2009

PTC Calls “Family Guy” Episode with Strippers Indecent

LOS ANGELES (December 15, 2009) - The Parents Television Council® has filed an indecency complaint over the December 13th episode of Fox’s “Family Guy,” that aired an explicit scene in which a stripper gives a lap dance to a male character.  “Family Guy” airs on Sunday evenings at 9:00 pm ET/PT and 8:00 pm CT/MT and is one of the most-watched programs on television with children ages 6-11.

In the episode, loutish Peter takes his father-in-law and friends to a strip club named the “Fuzzy Clam”.  Peter tells a stripper to perform a lap dance on his father-in-law.  She bends over and waggles her rear before his face.  “Do I stick the money right inside of her?” he asks.  When Peter replies, “No, you do not,” his father-in-law asks, “Why?  Have you done that before?” Peter giggles nervously.  As the woman briefly rubs her rear against the father-in-law’s crotch, he asks, “When do I hit her?”  Peter pours beer down his in-law’s throat and orders the stripper to “give this old bastard the ride of his life.”  The stripper writhes up and down against the father-in-law’s body, shakes her breasts in his face, then straddles his lap and thrusts her groin against his.  Lois’ father grunts in pleasure, then spasms and collapses to the ground as he has a heart attack.

“Families with young children were exposed to this indecent content, which even aired during the first few minutes of the episode.  Families who watch television together on Sunday night shouldn’t be bombarded by content like this that would be more appropriate for the Playboy Channel.  Is this how Fox upholds its obligation to use the people’s airwaves ‘in the public interest?’  Since when does assaulting families become more acceptable than entertaining them?” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Apparently Fox must believe that because the program is animated it can air anything it wants on ‘Family Guy’ no matter how inappropriate or indecent.  Fox hides behind satire and animation as an ‘excuse’ to air the foulest material imaginable, but Fox needs to learn that broadcast decency laws apply to all broadcast programming aired during the time when children are most likely to be watching, and we urge our members to file indecency complaints with the Federal Communication Commission over this episode.”


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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