Document Image

Press Release

PTC Blasts Fox’s ADHD Programming Block

Issues Warning to Parents, Advertisers About Explicit Online Content That May Air on Broadcast TV This Weekend

Release Date: 7/23/2013

LOS ANGELES (July 23, 2013) – The Parents Television Council is warning parents and potential advertisers of Fox’s new explicit “Animation Domination High-Def” (ADHD) programming block slated to begin airing on Saturday, July 27, and called Fox’s distribution of this officially unrated, but easily X-rated, content online with no parental controls “extremely disturbing.”

Modeled on (and from the creator of) Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” programming block, Fox’s ADHD promises to feature intensely graphic, ultra-violent, sexually explicit, and profanity-laden cartoons. Fox has been quietly building an audience for ADHD on the internet by showing these explicit animations on the ADHD website – with absolutely no parental controls. Here are examples of what Fox has already made available online and may air on broadcast television:

  • A totally naked – anatomically correct – Scientifically Accurate Spider Man, who swings from a web that originates from his buttocks and whose penis is constantly flopping out and whacking women in their faces.
  • My Little Cowboys , in which dismembered corpses of women – one with naked breasts – lie dead and decomposing in a saloon.
  • Scientifically Accurate Ninja Turtles , reptiles making out with and fondling women and walking about with enormous erections.

“Today we are issuing our most urgent call to parents – and to advertisers – to be warned of this very concerning content on the Fox broadcast network. Fox has created extremely explicit animated programming and quietly built an audience for it on the web; they publicly proclaimed their intention to use the explicit programming for their primetime television broadcasts; and not coincidentally, they have filed formal comments at the FCC calling for the cessation of broadcast indecency enforcement. The network’s objectives are abundantly clear, and the PTC will not stand by silently,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Fox would have us believe that such extremely explicit programming is intended only for adult audiences. Yet they must know the content is inherently attractive to children with animated formats and themes like ‘High School USA!’ and ‘Scientifically Accurate Spider Man.’

“It is extremely disturbing that a broadcast network has produced and distributed such explicit content via the internet without a way to prevent children from watching – one of the first times we’ve seen a ‘mainstream’ network do this. Any eight-year-old can simply click and watch selections from a collection of three-minute cartoons that are horrifically graphic, ultra-violent, sexually explicit and so profanity-laden that in some of the shows a viewer is subjected to hearing the most offensive words being shouted as often as once every 4.5 seconds.

“Even worse, Fox has articulated its intention to broadcast these adult cartoons over the publicly-owned airwaves. Fox Entertainment Chairman, Kevin Reilly, recently told Daily Variety: ‘I’d like to find the next Family Guy out of this block.’

“We urge parents and grandparents to call their local Fox affiliates and ask that this ADHD programming block be preempted in their community. And we call on every responsible corporate advertiser to eschew any association with such offensive and explicit programming. The PTC promises to hold all sponsors of ADHD publicly accountable for the content they are underwriting and allowing to be marketed to children,” Winter concluded.

Visit the new PTC Watchdog Blog at www.parentstv.org/blog.

Follow the PTC on Twitter: @ThePTC.

Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ptcusa.

The Parents Television Council® (www.parentstv.org) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members and 56 chapters across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

 

The Parents Television Council® (www.parentstv.org) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media.

This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members and 56 chapters across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children.

The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can"make informed viewing choices for their own families.

Visit the new PTC Watchdog Blog at www.parentstv.org/blog.

Follow the PTC on Twitter: @ThePTC.
 
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ptcusa.

To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 307-9404 or email at kelly@kellyoliverpr.com.