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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2010


PTC Calls on FCC to Find Fox’s 150th “Family Guy” Episode Indecent

 

LOS ANGELES (May 4, 2010) – The Parents Television Council™ called on the FCC to investigate Fox’s “Family Guy,” which aired indecent content on its May 2nd episode.

 

In Family Guy’s 150th episode that aired at 9 pm ET/PT and 8 pm CT/MT, a character is cajoled into eating the feces and vomit of another character, and licking the character’s buttocks.  Here is an excerpt of the dialogue:

 

  • Stewie wants Brian to eat his feces so that he has a clean diaper to wear while they're stuck in the bank vault.

BRIAN:  You're out of your ___ (bleeped f***ing) mind.

STEWIE:  You promised you'd hear me out.

(Brian continues to refuse.  Stewie spells out his expectations.)

STEWIE:  Dogs sometimes eat feces.  It's not a judgment, it's just a fact.  So what I would need you to do is eat what's in my diaper, lick the diaper clean, possibly lick my fanny, and then put the diaper back on me.  Probably lick my fanny.  Yeah, you should start wrapping your brain around that too.

 

  • Brian eats the feces out of Stewie's soiled diaper.  Brian can barely choke down the feces, but Stewie says there's no going half-way on this.  He must finish.  Meanwhile, the camera focuses on Stewie as he vomits in disgust. 

STEWIE:  Got some dessert for you.

BRIAN:  You gotta be kidding me. 

STEWIE:  C'mon, it's throw-up.  You like throw-up.

BRIAN:  I do.  I do like throw-up. 

Brian goes down to the floor and eats the throw-up.

 

  • BRIAN:  Look, the diaper is completely clean. 

STEWIE:  Yeah, but my ass isn't.  You'll have to clean my ass.

BRIAN:  Oh God, Stewie.  There's got to be a line.

Stewie bends over.  Off-camera, Brian licks his buttocks clean.

 

“‘Family Guy’ has now given us its 150th reason why this show should not be aired on the public airwaves when children are likely to be in the audience.  Given the patently offensive depictions of one character eating excrement out of a diaper, then eating vomit, and finally licking the remaining excrement from a baby’s bottom – while the baby expresses physical gratification from having his bottom licked – we believe that the broadcast decency law has been broken,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

 

“The broadcast decency law makes specific reference to content that depicts excretory functions that are patently offensive for the broadcast medium.  It seems as though ‘Family Guy’ creator, Seth MacFarlane, carefully reviewed the legal definition of broadcast indecency and set out to violate it as literally as he could.

 

“We encourage our members to speak out about this episode and file FCC indecency complaints.  And we expect the FCC to apply the law to this broadcast and impose a meaningful fine on the broadcast licensees that aired it.

 

“We will also hold publicly accountable the corporate sponsors which underwrote this feces-eating broadcast, ironically a number of which were restaurants.”

 

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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