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Press Release

PTC to Alert Parents, Advertisers, Others About “Simpsons” and “Family Guy” Crossover Episode Featuring Rape Joke

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 9/22/2014

LOS ANGELES (September 22, 2014) – The Parents Television Council has renewed its call to Matt Groening, creator of “The Simpsons,” Seth MacFarlane, creator of “Family Guy,” and to the Fox Broadcast Network to remove the rape joke and any others from the upcoming TV special featuring both the “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” that will air this Sunday.

“Rape is never a laughing matter. Never. But particularly in light of our nation’s growing concern for high-profile cases of domestic abuse; and particularly at a time when rape on college and university campuses appears to be endemic; it is simply indefensible for a broadcaster to use the publicly-owned airwaves to make tasteless and senseless jokes about rape. Today, we urgently renew our call on the Fox Broadcast Network – as well as the creators of ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Family Guy’ – to remove the rape joke and any others from Sunday’s crossover episode broadcast,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Sadly, ‘Family Guy’ creator Seth MacFarlane has made a routine habit of joking about sexual violence, including jokes about date rape, pedophilia, and even raping a 9-year old girl. When recently-appointed Fox Broadcast Network executive duo Dana Walden and Gary Newman told their staff members that they would support the vision of their creators, wherever it may lead, did it include being led to laughing at humanity’s most horrific criminal acts against children, women and men?

“The PTC will work tirelessly to educate the public and advocate for the removal of the rape joke from the upcoming crossover broadcast.”

Specifically, the PTC will be taking following steps:

“Our hope is that Fox and the program creators contemplate the devastating impact their actions could have on countless past, present and future victims of sexual assault, and that they take the responsible steps to remove rape jokes from Sunday’s episode, and in fact all future episodes,” Winter added.

The Parents Television Council® ( 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