• These “Dads” Are No Role Models

    by  • January 17, 2014 • Advertiser Accountability, Broadcast Decency, Sex • 5 Comments

    Dads, a new sitcom airing on Fox, Tuesday nights at 8:00/7:00c, focuses on Eli and Warden, two game developers whose lives drastically change when their fathers move in with them.

    Have you been watching?  My guess is “No,” being that Dads earned a series low this week according to TvByTheNumbers.  But I can’t say I’m too surprised, considering that the first episode alone featured offensive racially insensitive comments like “The Chinese are a lovely and honorable people but you can’t trust them,” and David mistaking his son’s wife as a maid, simply because she looks Latina.

    Seth MacFarlane, producer of the show, is known for his juvenile humor and Dads is more of the same.  In last Tuesday’s episode, Warner is shown using a black light to spot which areas on his colleague’s desk need to be disinfected.   When his coworker asked, “Does that even work?” Warner excitedly states, “Oh yea, these things are amazing, it even lights up semen.” Warden’s father then walks into the room, waving “hi” to everyone when his hand is illuminated by the black light, presumed to be semen on his hand from masturbating.

    This episode also glosses over the fact that Eli is sexually harassing his employee. He makes inappropriate comments to her at work and actively seduces her under the guise of caring for her while she’s sick, ultimately succeeding in the end.   Meanwhile in another scene, Warner’s stay-at-home wife attempts to watch her daytime TV show Girls, when David shoots her down saying, “Hey, I’m trying to get erections, not lose them.”   This entire season has been a recipe for disaster with its multitude of misogynistic, sexist, racial and sexual commentary.

    This isn’t entertainment, it’s cultural pollution. and after approving Dads for a full season, Fox has already cut three episodes of the show.  Apparently they can’t wait for the show to end anymore than we can.

    If this is what our children are watching, then I’m afraid for their future.

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    LaQuita Marshall is the PTC’s Advertiser Accountability Coordinator.

    5 Responses to These “Dads” Are No Role Models

    1. Jeanette bunch
      January 24, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Fox,
      Please remove Dads from prime time tv… I have an 8 and 12 year old that I would prefer to not be exposed to this.
      Thanks,
      A concerned mom

    2. Deana Abiassi
      January 24, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Please do not allow this show on the air

    3. January 25, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      This is a disgusting show that demeans decent men and encourages immorality.

    4. Danielle
      January 25, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      I’m so sickened by the sitcoms on television. Seth MacFarlane is going to have a lot of answering to do for the trash he puts in the minds of the innocent.

    5. January 27, 2014 at 6:44 am

      The program Dad’s is rated PG 14, I am 76 years old and I would not watch anything that is so vulgar. I have a 14 year old grandson and I would never allow him to watch something that awful. It should not be allowed on TV. Please reconsider and remove this program. It is not fit for any age.

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