• PTC Delivers Thousands of Broadcast Indecency Complaints to the FCC

    by  • July 20, 2017 • Broadcast Decency, Fox • 7 Comments


    Fox’s comedy The Mick met the definition of indecency.

    The Parents Television Council has hand-delivered nearly 3,000 broadcast indecency complaints to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over content found in Fox Broadcasting’s The Mick.

    The PTC called for concerned citizens to file complaints over the April 25th episode that aired at 8:30 pm Eastern/7:30 pm Central, and which centered on a teenage girl and her desire to get breast implants. The minor tells her guardian that “…you’re working the room like you’re mayor of tit town.” Not only was an indecent word used in a sexual context, but the dialogue was delivered by a minor. Furthermore, the entire episode included graphic sexual dialogue and double-entendres, yet it was rated by Fox as appropriate for viewing by children as young as 14 years old.

    “We are urging the FCC to help protect the publicly-owned broadcast airwaves from indecent content such as what was aired on The Mick,” said PTC Program Director Melissa Henson. “The t-word has historically been considered off-limits for broadcast TV, as was affirmed in the FCC versus Pacifica Foundation case. Even comedian George Carlin once joked that it was one of the words you could never say on television.”

    “The FCC should issue an indecency fine to send a message to Fox Broadcasting and to the broadcast TV industry that indecent content is unacceptable. As long as Fox is licensing and profiting from the use of a public resource – the broadcast airwaves – they must abide by the law.

    “Additionally, not only did Fox allow a minor to say the indecent word, Fox enabled the minor to be sexualized by centering the entire episode around her breasts.  Children must be protected from indecent content.”

    To view examples of content from The Mick, click here



    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.

    7 Responses to PTC Delivers Thousands of Broadcast Indecency Complaints to the FCC

    1. Barney McNeill
      July 23, 2017 at 6:39 pm

      Keep up the good work PTC. As TV goes so goes our nation. If TV portrays bad as good, then those watching will think similarly. As I’ve always said, “As TV goes, that will be the United States!”

    2. July 23, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      I agree, The FCC should issue a severe fine. And Fox should get a ticket for what they are doing to our children. I think the FCC guy really ought to slam Fox into the ground for all the stupid stuff they are pulling. This is one reason why I don’t have a TV in my condo. INSP on the other hand airs good shows like The Waltons.

    3. Janice Gaskill
      July 23, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Is it too much to ask for something decent for families to watch, other than filth like “The Mick”? Shame on Fox!

    4. Stephen Joseph Bauer
      July 22, 2017 at 7:43 am

      Very sad. This is the true war on women and children being waged every day be the MPPA ( Motion Picture Assoc. of America and TV and cable execs. Former Senator Chris Dodd and the MPPA should be held accountable. A man who claimed to be for the people now gets millions and a six figure Senate pension and free medical care to help take down our country morally.

    5. Donna
      July 21, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      I am so glad. It sounds like some progress with them at last. I can’t understand why things have gotten so out of hand.
      We will believe it when we see this terrible program (and others!) are off the air. We hope.

    6. moax429
      July 21, 2017 at 1:50 pm


      *More* power to *you,* PTC (and then let’s hope Fox *won’t* challenge the FCC’s decision if it’s in our favor – and I also hope said decision *will* be in *our* favor)!

    7. Bobby
      July 21, 2017 at 12:23 am


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