Written by PTC | Published September 12, 2022
LOS ANGELES (September 12, 2022) – The Parents Television and Media Council (PTC) is warning advertisers of the Disney-owned FXX cable network’s Little Demon about the explicit, disturbing content on this animated show, and is asking them to reconsider their sponsorship.
Little Demon focuses on a 13-year-old middle school girl Chrissy, whose father is Satan -- making her the antichrist. In just the first three 30-minute episodes, PTC research found 173 instances of explicit language including 38 f-words and 35 s-words (all unbleeped); 45 instances of violence including graphic, gory violence such as heads exploding and bodies being mutilated and dismembered; sexual content including animated female frontal nudity (no pixilation), vulgar slang references to male and female genitalia, vile sexual innuendo, a main character who gets turned-on by violent sex; all along with occult imagery, Christian-bashing, and drug use.
“With its toxic new cable program Little Demon, the Walt Disney Company has chosen to offend millions of families – especially families who are guided by their faith. The question now is whether corporate sponsors will come alongside them by underwriting that offensive programming. Despite its hollow suggestions to the contrary, Disney knows full-well that Little Demon is designed to appeal to children, especially young teens and preteens. Advertisers understand that the viewing audience associates their brand with adjacent program content. That’s why the PTC will be contacting every sponsor of Little Demon, to remind them that the program content they underwrite is a reflection of their corporate values,” said PTC President Tim Winter.
“Disney has crafted a new corporate path that eschews the very same family audience upon which its once-preeminent family brand was built. The ‘new’ Disney broke its promise about keeping R-rated content off its streaming platform, and executives on internal corporate videos have boasted of incorporating sexual themes into programs created for children. Little Demon is but the latest example of what Disney chooses to stand for. Little Demon creator Seth Kirschner even said publicly they will push edgier content as far as they possibly can, up until the point where they are told no. And thus far Disney executives are giving the green light not just to pushing the envelope, but to entirely shredding it.
“Despite its ‘viewer discretion’ advisories, FXX isn’t fooling anyone about whom they expect to be watching Little Demon. It’s a cartoon that centers on the life of a 13-year-old girl. But the program content is radioactive, and advertisers should choose to invest their media dollars elsewhere. We will be doing our utmost to ensure it,” Winter concluded.