Editor’s Note: The following contains descriptions of a graphic television program some readers will find offensive:
Screen shot from “Family Guy” video online
The “Family Guy” cartoon program on the Fox television network, targeted earlier by a campaign to notify the Federal Communications Commission of its sexually suggestive content, now is in the crosshairs of another campaign urging people to contact its advertisers.
WND reported last week when the American Family Association set up a campaign for viewers to contact the FCC in protest of the program’s sexually explicit theme. Tens of thousands of complaints were submitted in just the first day over the March 8 episode, which was rated by the network as appropriate for 14-year-olds, included multiple references to homosexual sex and featured discussion of an “11-way gay orgy.”
It cited the March 8 program content but also noted the cartoon’s attack on Christianity in the March 29 episode.
According to the association, the program featured the family dog denouncing God and saying He does not exist, and then mocking the character Meg’s born-again Christian experience.
Finally, the dog convinces Meg that God does not exist, and she gives up her faith, the association reported.
The family group said the cartoon “has turned to denouncing God, mocking the born again experience and embracing perversion to ‘entertain’ viewers.”
The association said among the advertisers on the program were Sprint-Nextel (Boost Mobile), Unilever (Axe), Brinker International (Chili’s Grill), KIA (Spectra), Yum Brands (Taco Bell), Volkswagen, Ford (Southern Ford Dealers), Amscot and Pepsi.
“We have prepared an e-mail for you to conveniently send by the press of one button that will encourage the CEOs and VPs of all of these companies to stop supporting Family Guy with their advertising dollars,” the family group said.
The organization said the March 29 episode further featured the character Stewie trying to beam the “Star Trek” cast into his home. But failing, the character instead beams “four semi nude dominatrixes with their all nude and bound male prey into [the home].”
Stewie also “pulls his pants down and passes gas into the air hose of his father’s diving apparatus,” the group said.
“This should be disturbing to a lot of American families,” said AFA spokesman Randy Sharp.
“It’s beyond me how a network finds humor in the deviancy of human nature,” he continued. “The writers of this program, you really have to question who are these people who come up with this and call it entertainment.”
He said the organization has set up an online feature in which viewers can submit complaints to the FCC.
A video of a brief excerpt has been posted here (Warning: Content sexually suggestive):
Officials with New Media Alliance Television, which provided the video hosting for the excerpt, told WND that Fox officials had attempted to have the video removed, citing copyright issues.
However, the video was being kept available because of the provision in the 1976 Copyright Act allowing for fair use of an excerpt for “criticism, comment, news reporting” and other uses.
“[Fox] has threatened (via e-mail) NMATV for copyright infringement,” the company said, “while failing to acknowledge the video’s legal use being covered by The Copyright Act of 1976.”
A spokesman for NMATV also told WND the company was “the subject of an online attack during the afternoon … after Bob Parks, MNATV executive director, refused an e-mail demand … to immediately remove the video.”
According to the AFA report, the offensive March 8 episode featured:
- Peter, the husband/father figure, turns “gay” after taking an experimental shot of the “gay” gene. He is paid $125 to take part in the experiment to prove that being “gay” is not a choice.
- Peter and his new lover make out in a restaurant.
- There’s discussion of the “11-way gay orgy.”
- Peter helps his son with his math homework and turns the problem into an explicit conversation about “glory holes” and “circuit parties,” which are references to “gay” sex.
- Peter leaves his son Chris in charge of the family while he spends time with his “gay” partner. Upon his new role, Chris immediately passes gas in his sister’s face and knocks out his mother, Lois.
- Peter lies in bed with his rear exposed and moans in pleasure when a horse, which he assumes is his wife, licks his rear.
- Lois, wearing skimpy lingerie, is turned down by her now “gay” husband.
Further, the AFA said, Baby Stewie eats cereal covered with horse sperm that resembled milk kept in the refrigerator.
A WND request to Fox for comment did not generate a response. But such programming just “goes too far,” the AFA said in encouraging readers to file an FCC complaint.
According to a statement from Donald E. Wildmon, chairman and founder of the pro-family group whose constituency ranges into the millions, “The content of this program was so explicit that I can’t even begin to describe it here.”
The program’s reference to Christians went even further.
“At a ‘straight’ meeting, the speaker talks to gays about Jesus and tells them, [Jesus] hates many people, but none more than homosexuals,’” the report said.
“The FCC has a duty to enforce the law and fine Fox for this sickening violation of broadcast decency standards,” the statement said.