PTC Celebrates Removal
of 'Allen Gregory'
Sexually-Aggressive Seven-Year-Old Never Should Have Aired
LOS ANGELES (December
2, 2011) - The
Parents Television Council™ celebrated the removal of
'Allen Gregory' from Fox's upcoming
broadcast schedule and thanked advertisers who responded to its
concerns over the programís graphic content. Fox announced that
beginning January 15, the Sunday evening program will be replaced by
The title character in Fox's animated 'Allen Gregory' is a pushy,
egotistical seven-year-old boy who drinks alcohol, engages in
graphic sexual fantasies centered on his school principal,
boasts about a sex tape, and uses harsh profanity. Following the
show's premiere episode, PTC executed a behind-the-scenes
advertiser campaign to communicate the
deplorable /span>content that the sponsors were supporting. The
program also earned PTC's "worst TV show of the week" label twice.
"With so many horrific news
reports of children allegedly being sexually exploited by teachers
and school administrators, we roundly condemn a television program
like 'Allen Gregory' that makes light of a seven-year-old child's
aggressive sexual pursuit of his school principal. We are thrilled
that this program does not appear on the Fox midseason schedule, and
we applaud all the sponsors who shared our concern and chose to
shift their media dollars elsewhere. We hope the economic pressure
led Fox to a quicker replacement of the program, which never should
have graced the public airwaves," said PTC President Tim Winter.
"Even with 'Allen Gregory' being replaced in Fox's lineup, we have
noted a disturbing pattern of child sexualization across the
network's 'Animation Domination' block of Sunday shows. Regardless
of whether the writers claim the 'humor' is intended for adults,
kids are instinctively drawn to cartoons and Nielsen data prove it.
Even 'Glee' is now glamorizing a sexual relationship between student
and teacher. Advertisers who support such content will continue to
hear from the PTC and its members and will be asked whether they are
purposely linking their brands to the sexualization of children,"
with a representative from
the Parents Television
Council, please contact
Megan Franko at (703)
859-5054 or Liz Krieger at
(703) 683-5004 ext. 120.