LOS ANGELES (October 3, 2012) – Today, the Parents Television Council® issued an
alert to their members asking them to file a formal complaint with the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) for the use of a graphic verbal and visual
reference to oral sex and ejaculation that occurred on a recent episode of Seth
MacFarlane’s “American Dad.” The program aired at 9:30 p.m. Eastern/Pacific
Times and at 8:30 Central/Mountain Times, when there are millions of children in
The episode included a reference to a vehicle that
runs on carbon, oxygen, and potassium, dubbed the “Hummie C.O.K. Guzzler.” One
character says “…wouldn't it run cleaner if they added another carbon molecule
before the potassium? Then it would guzzle C.O.C.K.” The episode also included a
depiction of ejaculation, with a character noting that he “splooged on the
wall.” All of this material aired on the very same day that Seth MacFarlane was
announced to be the host of next year’s Academy Awards.
“This past summer the United States Supreme Court
unanimously upheld the congressionally mandated authority of the Federal
Communications Commission to enforce the broadcast decency law, which prohibits
the airing of indecent material on the publicly-owned airwaves during times when
children are likely to be in the audience. We believe this broadcast has broken
the law, and we are calling on the FCC to hold Fox and its affiliates
accountable,” said PTC president Tim Winter.
“This kind of content is nothing new from Fox or
Seth MacFarlane. In the past, ‘American Dad’ and MacFarlane’s other programs
have included scenes mocking people with Down syndrome, implying father-daughter
incest, a man masturbating a horse, a baby eating horse sperm, and a character
eating vomit and excrement out of a baby’s diaper. Some of those broadcasts are
under review at the FCC for violating the broadcast decency law.
“This is the man that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences has selected to host next year’s Oscars telecast, following in the
footsteps of such Hollywood legends as Bob Hope and Johnny Carson?
“The fact that this program is a cartoon only
increases its allure for children. Even more insulting, Fox rated this episode
as TV-14, meaning that they deem it to be appropriate for a 14-year-old child.
“Last spring, FCC Chairman Genachowski promised, ‘There is
a [decency] law, and we will enforce it.’ We call upon the chairman to keep his
promise and hold Fox accountable for airing indecent material on the public
airwaves when they know children are in the audience,” concluded Winter.
To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council,
please contact Liz Krieger at (703) 683-5004 ext. 120
or Katie Glenn at (703) 683-5004, ext. 144.