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Press Release

PTC Calls for Indecency Complaints Over Semen Scene on "Dads"

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 1/20/2014

LOS ANGELES (January 20, 2014) – The Parents Television Council is calling on its members to file indecency complaints over an episode of Fox Broadcasting’s “Dads,” which featured an implied depiction of and references to semen, and references to masturbation. The episode was rated TV-14 (appropriate for children as young as 14 years old) and aired at 8 pm Eastern/7:00 pm Central on January 14.

The following are the sexual scenes that were featured in this episode:

  • Veronica: You don’t have a caring bone in your body.
    Eli: Yes, I do. My bone cared for her twice last night. And a bendy third time.
     
  • Warner uses a UV light to disinfect Veronica’s desk.
    Warner: These things are amazing. It even lights up semen.
    Warner’s dad enters, waving “Hi” to everyone. The UV light picks up traces of semen, presumably, on his hand.
  • Camila tries to watch television with David and Crawford nearby.
    Camila: What about that show “Girls”?
    David: Hey, I’m trying to get erections, not lose them.

“Last year the Fox Broadcast Network filed formal comments at the FCC urging the elimination of broadcast decency enforcement, and now we’re seeing why they did so. The airing of this kind of sexual content, especially during the so-called ‘family hour,’ may violate the law that Fox and other broadcasters are so eager to purge. The Supreme Court held that law in place, and today we are urging members of the public to file a formal FCC indecency complaint over this episode of ‘Dads,’” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Parents who have been told repeatedly by the entertainment industry to rely on the TV content ratings system have been fooled once again given this episode’s very low TV-14 rating. How is a semen scene appropriate for 14-year-old children?

“If parents can’t rely on the television ratings system to give them accurate and consistent information about the programs their families might be watching, then the system is worthless – serving only to give the networks cover as they continue to push the limits of what is deemed acceptable for the broadcast medium.

“We urge the FCC to investigate this ‘Dads’ episode on behalf of families across the nation.”

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 1.4 million members, 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.

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