The Parents Television Council isn’t too happy about Family Guy’s recent statutory rape episode 


Family Guy has been on the air for more than a decade now and after all the religion, poop, fart, and vomit jokes, it still doesn’t show signs of stopping. Last Sunday’s episode that aired is a bit of a touchy one since it has the Parents Television Council up-in-arms. What line could Family Guy have crossed (that they haven’t already) to cause such a reaction? The golden answer to that is statutory rape.

In a nutshell and without giving anything away about the episode, Quagmire sleeps with what he believes to be a 23-year-old female who ends up actually being 15. A whole slew of situations occur up to the point where Quagmire ends up in court, and his mother gives the judge a fellatio in order to save her son from jail time. Statutory rape is apparently the fine line that Family Guy has crossed in order to spark an outcry from these parents…again. The Hollywood Reporter got a hold of their statements to the creators and here’s what they said:

“We believe that Family Guy’s description of this explicit sexual terminology violates the broadcast indecency law. And we believe that joking about statutory rape, as Family Guy did throughout this episode, exceeds contemporary community standards of decency for the broadcast medium,” PTC president Tim Winter said in a statement. “As such, we urge our members, as well as other Americans who agree that the broadcast was legally indecent, to file formal indecency complaints with the FCC.”

“Sexual assault is an increasingly troubling problem across America,” Winter added. “Joking about child rape on TV shows and using such patently offensive sexual dialogue – especially when they air at such an early hour and when they attract such a young viewing audience – is a gross violation of a broadcast licensee’s public interest obligation.”

It’s 2015 and people are still angry at Family Guy? Apparently it’s still 1999. I’ve watched Family Guy throughout the years and they’ve crossed so many lines that I’ve lost count. They’ve made jokes about the pope – is the Vatican suddenly amassing their guard calling for a witch burning? They’ve made constant pedophilia jokes with Herbert going after Chris before – Oh lawd have mercy, someone better call the military and the men with the back suits!

I hate to say this again and again, but why are parents still complaining about this? Yes, I know statutory rape in real life isn’t a joke. Yes, I know pedophilia in real life isn’t a joke. Yes, I know mocking religion in real life isn’t a joke. However what these “super serious” parents fail to understand is that every single episode of Family Guy is a jab at society. They make it known that they’re making fun of society and themselves, and to not take things so damned serious all the time. Also news flash: IT’S A TELEVISION SHOW. There’s this magic device that was invented called a “remote control” that you can use to turn off that other magic device called a “television.”

The message I’m trying to say is this: if you’re a parent, why are you letting television programs raise your children? Stop being lazy and actually take some responsibility as a parent and start PARENTING. If you don’t want television to affect your children, how about you spend time with your children and take them out of the house and teach them about life via human to human contact. Who knows? You’d actually learn more about your child as opposed to what you think your child is being taught by the television set.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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