• ABC Puts a Peep Show Next to a Playground

    by  • November 3, 2014 • Misrated, Sex • 44 Comments

    Like millions of others, were you watching It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown with your family last Thursday night?abclogo

    If so, ABC had a rude and unexpected surprise waiting for you immediately after the end of the show: graphic sex in the very next scene.  PTC President Tim Winter put in well in our statement today:

    “In less than 26 seconds we were taken from the Peanuts pumpkin patch to a steamy Scandal sex scene. Twenty-six seconds, boom. Unless parents had the remote control in their hand, thumb on the button and aimed directly at the TV screen, they didn’t have a chance. Such a transition is grossly irresponsible by the network and entirely unfair for parents. ABC owes families an apology.”

    Why would ABC make such a poor decision about its own audience flow?  They know how important that is to overall viewership, so it makes very little sense to shock the audient with such a juxtaposition.

    The PTC calls on ABC to apologize for this decision and to ensure not to make such a bizarre and unfortunate programming choice again.

    To view a clip of the segment in question below:



    44 Responses to ABC Puts a Peep Show Next to a Playground

    1. Gene Jenkins
      November 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Flipping a channel is a band-aid. Those of us who support PTC are doing so because we’d like to see a more lasting and effective change in an industry which started out with great sensitivity to the people they were serving. Some people hated the censors because they felt that freedom of speech and expression was being violated. Now that censoring has been greatly reduced if not nearly eliminated and ineffectual across the board of entertainment, we are now hearing much about situations where some are wanting shows pulled because of sex, racism, violence, bad language, etc. The very things censors use to be on guard for. Yes, now we are realizing there was good reason for control on public broadcasts. So, who “wins”? We hear much about being tolerant toward each other in our current society and, yet, there is this continual pushing of the envelope by production companies and broadcasters who couldn’t be more intolerant to the point of our having to withdraw from them and constantly insist for common restraint against filth and morality. Giving cencorship more authority is the only way we’ll be able to reset the boundaries that were crossed when caring and sensitivity gave way to selfishness and vocal minorities’ who pushed their way into our living rooms.

    2. Scott Chabala
      November 19, 2014 at 9:28 am

      What I’m tired of seeing about PTC are your apparent situational ethics. You can’t like a product or show of one company one day, then not like them the next. Disney is touted a lot here and they’re one of the worst companies to back. On their multiple of networks for ‘children’ they show witches, warlocks, magic, and many violent scenes. They own and operate many movie studies that produce everything from G rated to R, yet you still tout their pretty little princess characters and this hero 6 as a good movie to see. This site and this organization seem to be wishy washy as far as having a moral compass is concerned. —- Here’s a solution to fix this… IF you do not like what you see on TV, change the channel. IF you’re worried about what your children watch, then make sure you limit what they watch and do not allow the TV to be the baby sitter. It’s time people start using common sense about things.

      • Christopher Gildemeister
        November 19, 2014 at 3:08 pm

        So, providing information for people about good movies and products constitutes allowing parents to evade their responsibilities? You want parents to take all the responsibility for what their children see, then demand that organizations like the PTC stop providing them with information? What about the entertainment industry’s responsibility for what they put in front of children?

        Yes, we do recommend Disney products. We’ve never said everything the company produces is good (if you check our movie review archive, you’ll see less than flattering reviews of several Disney movies, such as Bedtime Stories and Wreck-It Ralph.) If you can recommend a company that produces nothing but 100% absolutely perfect entertainment, we’ll be happy to take a look at it. But in today’s world, where most of what the entertainment industry provides is horrific, even a product that’s slightly less than perfect may be worthy of praise.

        As, for example, is Big Hero 6. I suspect even your moral compass would approve of that film. Give it a look!

    3. Daniel Belgrave
      November 11, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      Same on You ABC! Why put R-Rated Show after Kids & Family Show and boycott. SAME ON YOU A-B-C

    4. Gary ward
      November 11, 2014 at 9:43 am

      This is yet another step in the orchestrated demise of what has been considered normal sexual behavior. Plant the open, free-from-consequences, anything-with-anybody-goes sex-seed into our kids brains. This turns our society into the asexual sexual free-for-all orgy those in the entertainment business are striving for. Overwhelming our population with this behavior strips any moral restraints a civilized society must have as a base.
      Historical record relates the demise of past civilizations when morality is beaten down and replaced with decadence. It didn’t work out well for the Romans and others.

    5. Danielle Battisti
      November 10, 2014 at 6:32 am

      I was angry over ten years ago when I still attended movies. My young son and I were there to watch Lord of the Rings. Before the movie they showed previews of rated “R” movies!! Why would you do that for movies not rated as such?? I thought it was disgusting and rude then. NOW, you have the networks doing it in our own homes. Could it be since we didn’t say anything then, they decided why should we care on television? We truly need to nip these things in the bud because liberal hollywood (devil’s advocate) will take advantage of ANY opportunity.Those in charge of FCC need to be gone!! We began watching public television but they are beginning to test the waters of inappropriate content as well. SICKENING!

    6. brandon johantges
      November 10, 2014 at 2:51 am

      There commercial system runs on a randomizer the computer just spits out a commercial at random. ABC had no idea what commercial their computer’s random number generator would spit out.

    7. Willis Moore
      November 9, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      It is absurd that garbage is pushed into our living rooms. If people want that stuff, they should be the ones to choose it, rather than the rest of us who are forced to see/cancel/object. Much of the garbage is in your face before you can react!

    8. Matt Patterson
      November 9, 2014 at 7:37 am

      Profits and ratings are everything, while the protection of children from video, print or aural information that they’re too young to process means nothing to networks and advertisers. Nothing unless it affects revenue, that is. The people still have power. The power lies in the boycott.

    9. The guy that hates you
      November 8, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      SHUT UP YOU PEPOLE, if you hate violence, protest on Tom and jerry.

    10. Susan
      November 8, 2014 at 11:40 am

      The folks at ABC should be ashamed of themselves & the folks who are supposed to be protecting our children at the FCC should all be fired. Does anybody have the courage & integrity in the entertainment field to speak up for the kids? Celebrities have the ability to draw attention to these kind of issues….where is Beyoncé, Jennifer, Selena, Giselle, Oprah, Michelle, etc who say they want to protect & empower girls & women? Is this how we do that ABC? Speak up, speak boldly & speak the truth ladies. You have a voice that is “louder” than the average person. We should not be surprised our girls believe the way to be loved, appreciated, valued, and beautiful is to be sexual. We also shouldn’t be surprised there is a generation of boys who believe girls are a form of entertainment – easily disgarded when they grow bored . Charlie Brown should be a safe place for all kids. This isn’t rocket science.

    11. Fred and Fran Robinson
      November 8, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Keep printing petitions for us to sign as it takes only a few seconds to do but has enormous financial impact on those who have no moral compass and have to be hit in the pocketbook. We have seen the power of petitions removing filth from television when the advertisers feel their wealth dwindling from boycotting their products. Thank you for what you do at PTC! God bless you!

    12. audrey_rudy@msn.com
      November 8, 2014 at 10:06 am

      4313 Arbour Drive

      ABC’s action is absolutely disgusting! I abhor their evil judgment.

    13. Chris Williams
      November 8, 2014 at 9:06 am

      The moral state of the world is sad. This should not happen. Shows such as these should not be aired until 10:00 PM. Some of the old standards should still be in place. Our children grow up to fast as is. They need not be exposed to this kind of media after a beloved holiday tradition.

    14. Jane Scarpa
      November 8, 2014 at 9:04 am

      ABC your showing a lack of caring for the younger generation. Get your act together ABC. If you do not care we do.

    15. Linda
      November 8, 2014 at 8:48 am

      The left is diabolical. It knows exactly what kind of poison it seeks to spread. I think the only chance we’ll ever have to defeating these cretins is when we can bring an end to the bundling of cable. We should be allowed to have a la carte programming. I think it would eliminate a lot of trash.

    16. Dave
      November 8, 2014 at 6:48 am

      We have to keep demanding cable providers drop ABC. Maybe a more important question is why do we allow these freaks and perverts in NYC and Hollywood to create shows for us.

    17. Maureen Cartmill
      November 8, 2014 at 5:21 am

      Enough is enough. There should be family programming hours and adult programming hours. This used to be the case.

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