• Fox To Assault Viewers With ADHD Programming Block

    by  • July 18, 2013 • Broadcast Decency • 12 Comments

    Modeled on (and from the creator of) Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” programming block, Fox ADHD is a horrifically graphic, ultra-violent, sexually explicit, and profanity-laden group of short programs Fox is bringing to broadcast TV – in a special airing at 8:30 Central time this Sunday night. 

    For over a decade, Fox has aired its “Animation Domination” programming block on Sunday nights – programming primarily dominated by the sleazy sex and graphic violence of Seth MacFarlane’s shows Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show.

    But now, Fox is upping the ante on graphic content. Beginning July 27th, the network will begin airing its Fox ADHD programming block, which initially will feature new series like Axe Cop (in which the villain is “Doctor Doo-Doo, who happens to be a smart-mouthed pile of poop”) and High School USA, along with various graphic short features. The block will air every Saturday night, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET (10 p.m. in the Central/Mountain time zones). To attract interest in the new programming, Fox will be showing a “special” featuring the block’s programming this Sunday night, June 21st, at 9:30 p.m. ET – only 8:30 in the Central/Mountain zone.

    One has to wonder what Fox is thinking, showing programming deliberately intended for the “safe harbor,” post-10 p.m. timeslot at 8:30 in the evening. However, there is absolutely no doubt as to what Fox is thinking in creating the ADHD block.

    “Ultimately, the goal is to grow and skim off the best of the best for prime time. I’d like to find the next Family Guy out of this block.” — Fox Broadcasting Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly (Variety, May 3, 2013)

    ADHD already exists on the web, where teens can easily find it. But by airing select episodes on the broadcast network, Fox no doubt hopes to grow their web audience, as well, where the content is far more explicit than what will likely be shown on Fox.

    Here are a few examples of the kind of programming Fox ADHD currently makes available online and may soon be blasting over the publicly-owned airwaves – and which Fox’s chairman says he wants to “skim off for prime time”:

    (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT!)

    Scientifically Accurate Spider-Man

    In this parody of the 1960s Spider-Man cartoon, a totally naked version of Spider-Man is shown covered in hair. A black box obscures his genitals and his buttocks. Mocking the old series’ theme song, lyrics state, “His web erupts from out his bare buttocks,” and “He is naked all the time. His dick falls off, that’s how he mates. Let me say that again, his dick falls off,” as Spider-Man drops upside-down in front of his girlfriend. His detached penis smacks her in the face repeatedly.

    The totally nude Spider-Man swings from a web projecting out of his buttocks. His penis falls off into an open manhole, and lands in a man’s coffee cup. The man drinks from it. Spider-Man is then shown eating at a restaurant, vomiting green slime onto the plate of food before him. He picks up his detached penis from the floor, as the song concludes, “Didn’t even mention how he eats his food, here’s a hint, it happens outside his mouth. And his dick falls off. And his dick falls off!”

    My Little Cowboys

    The naked, dismembered corpses of various women lie in large pools of blood on the floor of an old West saloon. Flies buzz around their corpses. One woman’s naked breasts are exposed. A cowboy posse mounts My Little Ponies and ride in search of vengeance. They come across the culprits beating a Native American woman while her arms are pinned behind her back. As one of the bandits gropes her breasts, a My Little Pony graphically severs a man’s arms with its unicorn horn. Blood sprays from the stumps of the man’s amputated limbs. Another Pony stomps the other bandit’s head. Blood gushes everywhere. A third bandit is sliced in half from crotch to head with a unicorn horn, blood spraying from the severed halves of his body.

    The man with the severed bloody arms crawls on the ground as a Pony mounts his back, saying, “Be MY pony, bitch!”

    Two Ponies crush a kneeling bandit’s head between their hooves. Blood sprays from his bashed head. One Pony is shown eating the viscera left on the ground from the murdered cowboys. The Native American woman offers a cupcake topped with a dismembered finger to the blood-stained Ponies. They exchange dialogue:

    First Pony: “Tell me if this tastes like people to you.”

    Second Pony: Yummy! It tastes like a BABY!”

    Third Pony: “Hey! Stop fucking crying in the frosting!”

    Pikachu Gets Pokemon Rabies

    In a version of the popular children’s series Pokemon, a rabid dog bites Pikachu, who uses his electrical powers to shock the dog.

    Dog Owner: “Hey, whut th’ hell you doin’ tuh mah dog?”

    Ash: “Your pokemon attacked us.”

    Owner: “Thut ain’t no pokemon. It’s a fucking normal dog. Now go’on, git! Before I rape your friend.”

    The Professor tells Ash that Pikachu has Poke-rabies.

    Professor: “He’ll bite everyone he sees, then he’ll begin shitting himself. All day and all night, just shitting himself and shocking stuff. And shitting.”

    Ash: “You can’t put him down, Professor. But I can.”

    Professor: “Good, because I didn’t want to deal with just shit literally everywhere.”

    Ash chains Pikachu to a tree and fires a shotgun repeatedly at Pikachu, who refuses to die easily. Pikachu excretes feces all over himself, as blood, brains, and feces spray over Ash.

    Ash: “Goddamn it! Stay down, Pikachu!”

    Ash fires until Pikachu’s face is blown off. Ash is covered in Pikachu’s blood and feces. Pikachu’s soul rises toward heaven, but arms rise up from the ground and pull its soul to the depths of hell.

    Ash: “No! Why’d he go to hell?”

    Professor: “All Pokemon go to hell, Ash. Well, I’m off to bang your mother.”

    Ash: “Ew. Pikachu’s shit tastes like my shit.”

     

    “Fox urges the Commission to conclude that it is legally required, and logically bound, to cease attempting to enforce broadcast indecency limits once and for all… If the Commission continues to play any role at all, it should never substitute its own judgment for that of broadcast speakers’ editorial discretion.” – Fox Entertainment Group public comment filing with the Federal Communications Commission (June 19, 2013)

    Earlier this year, Fox filed a comment with the Federal Communications Commission, demanding that the government stop enforcing broadcast decency laws “once and for all.” As justification, Fox said that the government “should never substitute its own judgment for that of broadcasters.” Essentially, Fox was telling the government and the American people: “Trust us. You can depend on Fox not to air anything that might be harmful to children.”

    It is necessary to note: under current law, it is legal for Fox to show this programming during the “safe harbor” period after 10 p.m. However, the fact that Fox would choose to show such programming at all over the airwaves owned by the American people (and not a premium pay-TV channel) – and the fact that Fox’s own chairman has admitted he wants to someday show such content in prime time, in front of children – should call into question Fox’s “judgment” and “editorial discretion.” It also serves as a perfect example of why laws against broadcast indecency MUST be maintained

    In fact, Fox wants nothing more than to push this gore- and nudity-soaked, profanity-laden, utterly depraved trash at children. As Variety noted, “ADHD includes a plan for a vast network of digital content that spans the Web, YouTube, mobile apps, game consoles and VOD.” And, ultimately, the block will also appear on prime-time TV. Oh, not this year, and maybe not for a couple of years; but Fox’s own chairman has stated his determination to bring content like My Little Cowboys and Scientifically Accurate Spider-Man to prime time, where it will be viewed by millions of impressionable children. Remember: when Family Guy started, it too was intended for adults; and now, it airs in prime time, with Fox boasting that it is one of the top shows viewed by kids.

    If Fox gets its way, in just a few years from now, pre-teen children will be lured in by the sight of beloved children’s icons like My Little Pony, Pokemon, and Spider-Man – and then exposed to full-frontal nudity, exposed genitals, dismembered female corpses, and sickening levels of violence and extreme content…all at the “editorial discretion” of Fox.

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    The PTC’s Senior Writer/Editor since 2007, Christopher Gildemeister is responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to its members and the wider public through a wide variety of vehicles: a monthly newsletter, the PTC Insider; a weekly e-mail newsletter, the Weekly Wrap; the PTC’s blog; and the weekly columns Best TV Show of the Week, Worst TV Show of the Week, Worst Cable TV Show of the Week, and Misrated TV Show. He has also written the TV Trends and Culture Watch columns; Faith in a Box, a study of the portrayal of religion on television 2005-2006; and Habitat for Profanity, a study of the increase of foul language on TV from 2005 to 2010. From 2005 to 2007, he was an entertainment analyst, responsible for documenting sex, violence, and profanity on the former UPN network; ABC; and cable television, including the FX, MTV, ABC Family, Comedy Central and Spike networks. Dr. Gildemeister recently completed his Ph.D. dissertation in American history at The Catholic University of America.

    12 Responses to Fox To Assault Viewers With ADHD Programming Block

    1. bev8567@sbcglobal.net
      July 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      This is perverted, depraved, sick, and there is no one to protect our children from it. You can remove the tv set from your home but what about when they go to a friend’s house? Or the library…or any public place where there is access to a tv? What has society evolved into, that we would allow such garbage to invade our homes?

      I know parents who say that it’s not beneficial to children to “shelter” them from what is being touted as popular. How sick!!! Perhaps the next popular cause will be polygamy or bestiality. Our society already condones “threesomes” and says anything that does not actually physically hurt anyone is perfectly fine.

      Seems like we have already moved into Sodom and Gomorrah.

    2. Kathryn Judd
      July 18, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      This kind of entertainment is not appropriate and is totally in poor taste.

    3. Robert Florin
      July 19, 2013 at 6:55 am

      This is disgusting to say the least. What is wrong, no one has any imagination any more you have to resort to this kind of violence. And who are you attracting, this is not for children, so why put this in cartoon form, I never understood that. I guess there are allot of adolescent minds at Fox.

    4. July 19, 2013 at 8:03 am

      LET THE WORLD KNOW WHO THE SPONSORS ARE?

    5. John
      July 19, 2013 at 11:07 am

      This is obscene, despicable and of no entertainment value whatsoever. It is an assault on the innocence of our children and contrary to any decent standard for television programing.

    6. Elaine Lawrence
      July 20, 2013 at 4:34 am

      The people at Fox are seriously demented! They let their own kids (if they have any) watch this crap? Most likely not. This needs to be stopped now!

    7. Bradley Laing
      July 20, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      By David Outten

      Disney was very disappointed in the box office for THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG. They supposedly found that it only appealed to very little girls. They may have missed the fact it didn’t appeal to a lot of ticket buying parents who don’t want their children seeing voodoo.

      http://www.movieguide.org/news-articles/why-disney-killed-its-princess-movies.html

      The princess movie RAPUZEL was renamed TANGLED and marketed with a focus on the male lead Flynn Ryder.

      THE SNOW QUEEN and JACK AND THE BEANSTALK were killed while in development.

      While Disney still sells a massive amount of “Princess” toys and dresses, the company is growing concerned that little girls no longer want to be princesses. They’d rather be sex objects.

      The Los Angeles Times reports: “‘By the time they’re 5 or 6, they’re not interested in being princesses,’ said Dafna Lemish, chairwoman of the radio and TV department at Southern Illinois University and a liberal, neo-expert in the role of media in children’s lives. ‘They’re interested in being hot, in being cool. Clearly, they see this is what society values…’”

      —-This was written by Dan Gainor, apprently on a sperate planet for the rest of the American Right Wing:

      Those news execs would argue that American women, we are told, are raised from birth to want to be princesses. They get bombarded by images of Disney princesses and allegedly every woman wants to be just like them.

      A quick look at what happened to many of the Disney actresses should end that argument. Think Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan. ‘Nuff said.

      Even “Princess Diaries” star Anne Hathaway has had her wardrobe malfunction and sex scenes. Given the way Hollywood is, some of the animated princesses probably went on to do drugs and porn

      Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/07/18/revolutionary-idea-enough-already-with-royal-baby/#ixzz2Ze72r01m

      • July 23, 2013 at 1:49 pm

        Are You loosing your mind or are you just a deceiver luring children to your channels through the use of animated cartoons and the

        help of popular Disney images and stories. F O X you had me fool, but I don’t trust you anymore because what you are doing is

        sexually assaulting our children and our youth by bombarding them with perversion and immorality. Do you people have K I D S ?

        If you do you should be charged with “parental abuse” too.

    8. Bradley Laing
      July 22, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      CBS is treating this like some sort of programming revolution, but I watched “The Nine” and “Vanished” and “Kidnapped.” It’s easy to do the pilot for this kind of thing. It’s harder to make it a network series. And I’d say this is worse than the pilot for “The Nine” and “Kidnapped” at the very least. [And that's not getting into comparable new shows like "Crisis" and "The Blacklist" yet.]

      Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/the-fien-print/take-me-to-the-pilots-13-cbs-hostages#WL2OzjRHpMEPcfmt.99

      —–CBS, back in March, was telling advertisers that it had several “basic cable series” that it would bring to CBS. The two problems are: 1.) if sex, nudity, language, gore, and so on are what makes a “basic cable series” what it is, then CBS cannot make one, with the FCC being involved. But if those listed elements are *not* what makes a show a “bsic cable series,” then what is it that CBS can do?

      2.) Is, if “Hostage” is what CBS was selling advertisers back in March, and in pracitice it is just a variation on two cancelled previous tv series, what is going on that CBS is trying ot make this flase claim?

    9. Steve
      July 24, 2013 at 9:45 am

      They’re doing exactly what they’re supposed to, playing this in the safe harbor. The 9:30/8:30 preview episodes were nothing particularly bad for that timeslot.
      The shorts which were chosen for this article were admittedly in bad taste, but they definitely got YouTube’s attention. They roll out lots of dull pop-culture-related videos, but they have some fairly good satirical material too (referring particularly to videos produced with Layzell Brothers or Sick Animation).
      It’s still less offensive to my sensibilities than the reality/competition/Seth MacFarlane shows on there.

    10. Marley
      August 8, 2013 at 11:42 am

      You disgust me with all the dirt! I hate FOX! I’m sick to the stomach! The cartoons are getting dirtier and that’s not a good show. First of all you media have to stop broadcasting shows filled with garbage and second of all you will not have advertisers sponsoring shows.

    11. Victoria
      October 31, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      This is what I put up as a review on my local AAMCO’s Facebook site: Hoping that will get the attention of the owner there who may have some input to AAMCO:
      So check it out: AAMCO is the sponsor of Fox’s new cartoon block ADHD, which appears to be targeting children to expose them to new lows of horrifically graphic content, including masturbation, cannibalism, necrophilia, parodies showing the Disney characters copulating . . .shall I go on? If this is what AAMCO thinks is appropriate for our kids to watch, it will be a cold day in hell before I ever take my car to them. AAMCO, you may be good at servicing cars, but there is such a thing as social responsibility as well.

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