• Pedophilia Rated PG on The Real O’Neals

    by  • May 4, 2016 • Broadcast Decency, Misrated, Ratings Reform, Sex • 10 Comments

    The Disney-owned ABC rates child molestation the same as Cinderella.

    Allegedly a family sitcom, ABC’s The Real O’Neals is actually little more than an excuse for a barrage of explicit teenage sex talk  – this week, including “humorous” references to child molestation. And what does the Disney-owned network rate the program? PG…the same rating it gives Disney movies like Cinderella and The Good Dinosaur.

    Dialogue on the Tuesday, May 3rd episode included lead character Kenny saying, “They’re gonna saran-wrap your balls to your face,” and his brother Jimmy urging him to “steal people’s phones and take pictures of our junk.” Also included was dialogue by a Catholic school vice-principal about molesting his male students. Addressing the gay Kenny, Vice-Principal Murray says, “If you’re not comfortable sleeping with all those boys because of your … blossoming sexuality, you can sleep in here. Not with me, of course. I will be sleeping with all the other boys,” in a manner that makes light of child molestation.

    On the April 26th episode (also rated PG), the family’s father, Pat, remarked, “I was married for 18 years. You know, there’s so many new things out now. It’s… I guess the sexting and the snapchat. I mean, I’ve never taken a picture of my junk,” while Kenny realized, “Oh my God, I’ve been making Mom porn.”

    Such content is typical of The Real O’Neals. In a study released back in March, the PTC found that the show contained an instance of adult content every 43 seconds. Eighty-three percent of all the adult-themed content was sexual (83.3%), and most of it involved the 16-year-old Kenny, a minor.

    The Real O’Neals airs Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT – only 7:30 Central/Mountain. Typically, the program is rated TV-PG. The same PG rating the ABC’s owner Disney uses for movies like Cinderella. How many parents who take their children to Disney movies rated PG would think that talk about testicles and child molestation merits the same rating? This stands as yet one more demonstration of the bankruptcy of the current TV Content Ratings System…and of the need for Ratings Reform.  

    If you don’t  think this type of  content should be rated PG, then make sure to sign the petition to “Fix the TV Content Rating System”.



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    10 Responses to Pedophilia Rated PG on The Real O’Neals

    1. James
      May 17, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      I believe that every TV set larger than 13″ sold after 2000 has a v-chip in it. Figuring out parental controls is not rocket science. You will probably have more success trying to control wha your child sees that way rather than trying to control what everyone sees.
      Seriously. If you haven’t at least turned off access to r-rated access on movie channels you are not doing everything you can in your own home to prevent exposure.
      I would complain about things you are forced to experience just driving to work. You can turn off the radio but what do you do about the obscene bumper sticker on the car in front of you or the truck with dangly parts?

    2. Matt Norcross
      May 12, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      ABC is on the verge of collapse in the ratings, and garbage like this is the reason why.

    3. Justin
      May 12, 2016 at 8:06 am

      It seems like movies are rated much more strictly than TV shows. Even seemingly harmless and safe for 6 year olds recent animated movies like “Inside Out,” “The Minions,” and “The Good Dinosaur” were rated PG while TV-MA stuff (or at least a strong TV-14 LSV) like “The Real O’Neals” is rated PG! It’s completely ridiculous and because the networks can rate their own shows, while movies have a (somewhat) objective panel of parents in the MPAA rating the movies.

    4. Alvin Lasher
      May 7, 2016 at 7:11 am

      Stop destroying our children!

    5. Taydrapunzel
      May 6, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      Are TV-PG and PG the same rating? They’re just across different mediums.

      • Justin
        May 12, 2016 at 8:00 am

        They SHOULD mean the same thing. It’s less confusing for viewers. They aren’t thinking, “OK, Pixar’s Inside Out was rated PG in the theaters, so this PG rated TV show should be OK for my 10 year old.”

        • Robert
          May 14, 2016 at 7:22 pm

          It IS different though. There are ratings to signify children’s programming (Y, Y7, ect.) and there is not for children’s movies, so the rating has unofficially by the MPAA had PG-rated movies associated with kid’s movies. The TV-PG rating is more like the PG-rating of yore back in the ’80s when that rating “carried” heavier stuff than now in terms of language and content. It’s content is usually acceptable more for kids 10 and up, typically (as Y7 is for kids younger than that), but is often geared more towards an adult audience. TV-14 is usually more adult-themed programming, and is for older teens and above. MA is more uncut and would be exactly like an R-rated movie.

          I actually think the movie system is more flawed. PG-13 has stuff that shouldn’t even be. I think you guys reviewed some movie and gave it a seal of approval with nothing wrong with it, and it got slapped a PG-13 rating for nothing, just because it wasn’t a kid’s movie.

    6. rpeacoc1@san.rr.com
      May 6, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      No I do not!

    7. Elizabeth Mckee
      May 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      This is the most obscene show on TV. Most of the ABC shows have objectionable scenes. An R rating for most dialog.

    8. Constance Mardo
      May 6, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Why encourage teens to act out things we discourage them to do? Unless you are trying to recruit misfits to use as soldiers to carry out the plans you may have in mind for them and us.

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