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Writer Files FCC Complaint Against FOX TV Series 'Family Guy'
by Mark on 8/30/2006 (37)

A call to arms: This Buds for you, Bugs.
When is too much just too much?

I'm certainly not one for excessive censorship. Censorship is a ticklish issue that tugs the corners of the Constitution itself. There are many interpretations of free speech, however, but just when is free speech excessive, or simply dangerous and even counter-cultural?

We all knew strange and creepy kids in high school that said and did weird and disturbing things. Not just a play on creativity, but artistic notions that frightened and unsettled. It seems the current trend in media is to sanction and give voice to the creatively depraved, the most nefarious and notable being Seth McFarland's FOX animated series 'Family Guy.'

For the greater part, the show probably does no discernable damage, but I believe that sometimes it does. In one episode, animated character "Mayor West", chases down the Domino Pizza "Noid" mascot, beats him to a bloody pulp, grabs him by the neck, and kills him with a resounding, highly audible twisting "crack" of his hands.

How did FOX censors miss this? How was it allowed to be aired, on a Sunday night, presumably to an audience consisting of predominately young children? Does FOX even have censors?

Incredibly, a partial transcript of the episode made it onto an online Wiki Encyclopedia. The Wiki description of the episode is as follows:

In the episode "Deep Throats", Mayor West famously beat the crap out of, then killed, the Noid, who had tried to ruin his pizza. ("I guess the Noid should've avoided me.") He considers himself a tomato due to the fact that "red fluid" came out of his nose when he got hit. Adam West doesn't like the popcorn at the movie theaters because "it's too crunchy" so he brings his own bag of creamed corn.

In a hauntingly similar episode, Elmer Fudd tracks down Bugs Bunny, shoots him, grabs him by the neck and twists, again to a resounding audible "crack", and drags him off in a pool of blood.

Sometimes too much is just too much, right?

I filed an FCC complaint against both episodes, and received confirmations in the mail that both events would be investigated by the agency. When a decision has been reached regarding FOX's culpability, and if any decency laws were violated by these broadcasts and fines levied, I will post them in an upcoming editorial.

It is a sad commentary on American culture that nothing is being done at the corporate level to stop such clearly inappropriate broadcasts. Where is our conscience? Who is the gate keeper? How has disfunctional media gained favor in America in the first place? Are we a truly a depraved nation gone mad?

And placing responsiblity or blame on parents is absurd.

Anyone who has kids knows that parents are not magicians, and cannot be everywhere at once. With the current trend from all 4 corners of free media embracing violence and overt sexuality, parents are at an impasse in trying to monitor their children's media activity.

That is what the FCC is for. To pick up on what parents miss.

It seems to me that shows like 'Family Guy' are better slated for cable TV, where stricter controls can be levied on material that in all respects should be classified as adult media. Say what you will, but in my opinion, it is unsuitable for free television.

And finally, and most significantly, this is a personal vendetta. You mess with Bugs Bunny, you're messin' with me.

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1. by Buck on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
The Family Guy is not a show targetted at "an audience consisting of predominately young children?" They do not have a lot of young children viewers. Why? Because young children would lack the ability to actually understand the show, considering the majority of it is pop culture references from the 70s and 80s. Oh, there's also the fact that the show airs no earlier than 9:00 PM. But hey, don't let facts distract you from your absurd crusade."0" style </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
2. by Mark Motz, author on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
By mere virtue that 'Family Guy' is a cartoon --which is a traditional lure for children-- is revealing enough. The fact that you would defend it is even more troubling, indeed.n.r </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
3. by Buck on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
You realize it's not the 1980s anymore, right? Children today don't have the kind of relationship with cartoons that we grew up with. They don't watch Tom and Jerry and Looney Tunes on Saturdays. Have you SEEN Saturday morning television in the last 10 years? There are barely any cartoons on it anymore. Hell, The Cartoon Network is more geared towards adults these days. The only people who think cartoons are an immediate draw to children are those who have no idea of the emerging trends in </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
4. by Motz, author on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
If it's an adult show, put it on cable. Kids watch the entire 'block' of cartoons on FOX Sunday that starts at 7:00. They ARE watching this show. I know first hand and personal. It is affecting us within America, and how we are percieved from outside as well. Put it on cable. Problem solved.nemo </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
5. by Buck on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Its on at 9:00. It has a TV-14 rating. If parents aren't monitoring their children, why should Fox be held accountable, when they are within the FCC guidelines of when certain material can air? And it already is on cable. However, while you're clearly an expert on FCC guidelines, I think you seem to be lacking understand of ratings, and advertising revenue, and...well....the basic economics of the television industry. Admit it. You were one of the people who had their panties in a bunch over the parentings magazine with the breast on it. Aren't you?"0" s </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
6. by Jeff on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Use that v-chip if you don't want your kids watching the show. You have the ability to regulate what your kids watch when you aren't around. TV is not your children's babysitter and should not be treated as such. Know what your kids are doing and watching. Also if you are a decent parent, then the kids will understand that what happens on TV isn't reality. And even if they don't, the noid doesn't really exist so he has nothing to fear.ispl </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
7. by RocketRod on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
<b>RocketRod:</b> <i>Every U.S. citizen has the right to file a complaint with the FCC regarding what they feel is objectionable material being aired on free broadcast media (TV/Radio).</i> <i>That being said, the FCC does not rubber stamp every complaint and levy a fine.</i> <i>If it's at all possible in this high-speed world... let's wait to see what the results of the FCC's investigation. Okay?</i> <i>On another note... anyone got a link to that Bugs Bunny cartoon he mentioned?</i> <i>P.S. Anyone think this guy is just trying to increase traffic to his site with a bogus issue?</i>g </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
8. by Buck on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Jeff, that's a good point. I watched Roadhouse and Kickboxer with my dad when I was a kid. I can count the number of people I've beaten to death on one hand.... Unless we count hookers. Then I need to take off a shoeone"></i </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
9. by Mark Motz on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
You can Google the Noid incident with "Family guy Noid". I don't have a link for the Bugs incident, but it is real. This is not a bogus attempt to increase site traffic. I'm fed up with disfunction in media, and it is my legal right to file a complaint. Whether the FCC levies fines, is pending. I will post the outcome when I recieve it. </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
10. by Buck on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
You're not going to get a response because they're not going to do anything. You got a form letter. Congratulations. They investigate everything. Every time my grandmother writes to them and tells them Bob Barker is acting inappropriately, they have to investigate. She's not a hero. Just a citizen doing her job.<if </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
11. by Mark Motz on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Join me. We can do it togther."0" s </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
12. by Jeff on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
<i>I'm fed up with disfunction in media, and it is my legal right to file a complaint.</i> Persecution complex? No one has said you don't have the right to send in a complaint. They are just telling you that the assumptions you are making are flawed. Cartoons are not necessarily aimed at children anymore. Family Guy is one such example of a cartoon that is not aimed at children. </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
13. by jay_vee on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Do you complain every single week about itchy and scratchy cartoons on the Simpsons? They're much more violentone"></if </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
14. by Mark Motz on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Some of us have more refined needs and expectations in media. I'm not comfortable lying awash in cultural vomit, and you shouldn't be either. I agree there's a time and place for all artisitic expression, but Sunday on a major network is the wrong place and time.?sid=1" </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
15. by KC on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
I agree with the guy. Enough already. </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
16. by Buck on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
That's your opinion. And, it should be becoming more and more evident with each passing moment that it's only YOUR opinion.ispla </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
17. by Buck on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
I really love the attitude of people like this. "Kids are watching this!" Ok. Are your kids watching it? "No. Of course not. But I think my opinions of what's appropriate for other people's kids are better than their opinions." You do realize that some kids CAN watch programs like that, and not be affected by it, right? Just not your kids. Because you don't give them the opportunity to distinguish between real and fake. You just personally censor it, while you're not busy trying to censor is </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
18. by Mark Motz on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Well, let's let the FCC sort it out. When I hear back, I'll post. It's their opinion that matters, believe itone"></ifr </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
19. by Buck on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
You're not going to hear back. You got the same form letter they send to every </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
20. by Aram on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
QUOTE: Well, let's let the FCC sort it out. When I hear back, I'll post. It's their opinion that matters, believe it. you ignore the wants and desires of the American public, and simply force your own crusade through, because your opinion matters more then the 18 people who have posted so far. Get off you damn horse and worry about an issue that actually affects people lives instead of your warped sense of righteousnesso </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
21. by jay_vee on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
disfunction in media ... refined needs ... cultural vomit We get it. You're better than us, and should be defining what we watch and when. We just watch this peurile nonsense because we're too ignorant to find the intelligent programming. It couldn't possibly be that we just have broader tastes. </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
22. by Buck on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
I think American Idol does more harm to American society than seeing fictional cartoon characters die in the name of humor. I mean, thousands of people are annoyed by the conversations of those idiots who watch American Idol. But what's the real harm of seeing the Noid get his neck broken? They're practically extinct anywayone" </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
23. by Buck on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
I never said I had kids. But when I do, I guarentee you they'll be taking your kids' lunch money. s </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
24. by Mark Motz on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
To Buck: You have kids? (shudders) I'm not saying kill the show. Put it on cable where it belongs. It doesn't belong on free TV on Sunday night. Nuff' said. </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
25. by Buck on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Why would Fox move it to cable, when it makes them a ton of money on network? To appease you? Millions and millions of people have absolutely no problem with the show where it is. Millions and millions of people appreciate the show being there. You don't. Those aren't very good odds.n </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
26. by Mark Motz on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Media analyst Marshall McCluen once quipped, "if you are taking a bath, and someone turns the hot water up slowly enough, you won't know when to scream." The bath water is past boiling, and Jimmy ain't screaming. The reason there is no uproar against shows like this, is that we have been slowly desensitized to hot media. People get desensitized to beheadings online, but that doen't mean we should broadcast beheadings. The fact is, Buck, et. al., you have been played by the networks, and lost your sense of decency and moral orientation, and the effects reverberate through American culture at the man on the street level. We have become a coarsened nation. We are becoming insensitive zombies, and most of us are too unaware to see it. Very sad </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
27. by Buck on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Did you just insult my lack of sensitivity for The Noid and Bugs Bunny? </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
28. by Buck on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Also, you do realize that society deems what is acceptable and what isn't, right? It always has, and it always will. And it will always degenerate until it gets to a point where the only thing left is a complete reversal. At which point, it starts again. All societies are cyclical. That's actually a fact. You can't draw an arbitrary line in the sand, and expect society to just set there in a holding pattern. It just doesn't happen because it can't happen.i </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
29. by Buck on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
AAAHHH!! A deer just got shot on The Family Guy. Everybody panic!g </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
30. by Mark Motz on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Well, I don't like the taste of blood. Never have, never will. Seems many are intoxictaed it by it though. Very sad, and pathtetic, indeed." </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
31. by Buck on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Ah yes. Bloodlust. That's why The Family Guy is so popular.? </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
32. by Buck on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Also, just so we're clear, you're perfectly fine with the baby constantly trying to murder his mother.... But a cartoon of a cartoon character getting shot is out of line? Why do you hate your mother, Mark? </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
33. by Mark Motz on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Hitler desentzitized, via media, an entire nation into truly beleiving that Jews, Gypsies, Fags, and anyone non German was subhuman, and should be zapped with large pistols or gassed. How do you think you get to that point? Cartoon characters breaking necks is a damn good start, if you ask me. Not much empathy or moral warmth to be found there. It really, really does start out that way. Holocausts are born every minute, if you don't watch for it."0" s </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
34. by Buck on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
Did....did you actually just use the word "fag"? How's that moral high ground treating ya?t </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
35. by Seamus on 2/2/2009 3:12:32 PM
Family Guy is a cartoon, but cartoons are not a media exclusive to children, from fritz the cat to south park there are a wide range of cartoons that are geared towards a mature audience. The shows that have TV-14 and TVMA ratings are not intended for children, in fact any children who watch them have irresponsible parents. Rather than lashing out at the media for producing content that you disagree with, lash out at lazy parents who leave their children in front of the television without moderating what they watch. </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
36. by real on 5/11/2009 8:54:01 PM
Stop hating on Seths comical geinus thats the problem with people like you. Tell the truth your a writer yourself and are just plain jealous of guys like seth Macfarlene, Steven King, Deen Koontz ect. Stop Hating family Guy is a great show watch your own kids, its not the fcc's responsibility to keep track of what your kids watch. I guess the Fcc shouldve been responsible for columbine also. Shit Dylan even said it himself "If only our parents paid a little more attention." key word Parent. your a fucking idiot s </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
37. by Asashii on 12/22/2010 3:34:14 PM
if you dont like it turn the channel, you thats right you are responsible for what your kids watch, i believe thats a liberal concept, that now liberals invented and now cant stand their own concepts. the show makes uneducated and unfactual comments about the state i live and was born in, but i know better, so i go ouch.... oooohh that was a low blow, but i also laugh, my state is the birth place and origin of all modern music and great american writers so their sometimes half a$$ writing doesnt offend me just makes their comedy bland and cheap shots cliche. but what appeals to me is that no one and i mean no one is safe from their ridicule evnes the playing field thats why i enjoy it. and once again if you dont like it then you have a hand and if you dont have a hand i apologize use you damn foot. </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>

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