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Is 'Family Guy' creator Seth MacFarlane taunting the FCC?


Has "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane been boning up on the Federal Communications Commission's indecency rules?

That's what the folks at the Parents Television Council think. The media watchdog group, which has made a business out of bashing the raunchy cartoon, says the episode that aired Sunday seemed to be spitting in the face of FCC rules when it comes to excretory matter and demanded the regulatory agency investigate the show.

In the episode, which happened to be the show's 150th, baby Stewie has Brian the dog clean him and his dirty diaper. Since some of you might be eating, we won't quote the script directly but let's just say Stewie spells out quite specifically what it is he wants Brian to do. After Brian does it, Stewie throws up and then tells Brian, "Got some dessert for you."

According to the FCC's indecency regulations,"material is indecent if, in context, it depicts or describes sexual or excretory organs or activities in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium."

"It seems as though ‘Family Guy’ creator, Seth MacFarlane, carefully reviewed the legal definition of broadcast indecency and set out to violate it as literally as he could," said PTC President Tim Winter.

There are already hundreds of thousands of complaints about "Family Guy" at the FCC, many of them no doubt generated by advocacy groups looking to get the show tossed from the airwaves. Of course, MacFarlane certainly provides plenty of material for his enemies.He even once penned a song mocking the FCC, as one of our readers reminded us.

Besides the FCC, Winter said the PTC will go after the corporate sponsors that "underwrote this feces-eating broadcast, ironically a number of which were restaurants.”

A Fox spokesman had no comment. MacFarlane could not immediately be reached for comment.

-- Joe Flint

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Family Guy has been openly critical of the FCC for a long time, way before this episode. They even created a whole song criticizing the FCC, aka "The Freaking FCC" song: http://bit.ly/dg91ZF

Who cares.. Don't watch it if you don't like it. PTC needs to take a pill. Parent instead of letting the TV babysit.

Brilliant writing, but my heart belongs to the 5 minutes of the Terri Schiavo musical number.

No,"'Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane is taunting the self-appointed guardians of moral choices at Parents Television Council! And it is great that the folks at "Family Guy" are doing that on my (and millions of us) behalf so I do not feel these tight-asses at PTC control the airwaves I share. As always those pin-headed control freaks at PTC, can just turn it off if they like. If they prevail, I lose a great entertainment. If those of us that like bawdy humor prevail, they CAN JUST NOT WATCH!

Even as a fan of Family Guy, I can say with a clear conscience that the 150th episode was one of the three worst, if not the worst overall, episode of the series.

Mr. M - "Even as a fan of Family Guy, I can say with a clear conscience that the 150th episode was one of the three worst, if not the worst overall, episode of the series. " That being said, do you want the Federal Communications Commission's to be influenced by "the folks" (sounds so I don't know ... folksy") at the Parents Television Council? I hope not, because you too, could have turned it off if indeed it "was one of the three worst, if not the worst overall, episode of the series." I thought it brilliant!

TV was a bad idea 50 years ago, and it's a bad idea now.

Was the author of this piece of wank born yesterday?

Family Guy has explicitly targeted the FCC for years.

Example, the episode titled PTV.

Peter: They will clean up all your talking in a menace such as this
Brian: They will make you take a tinkle when you want to take a p*ss
Stewie: And they'll make you call fellatio a trouser-friendly kiss
Peter, Brian, & Stewie: It's the plain situation!
There's no negiotiation!
Peter: With the fellows at the freakin FCC!

Brian: They're as stuffy as the stuffiest of the special interest groups...
Peter: Make a joke about your bowels and they order in the troops
Stewie: Any baby with a brain could tell them everybody poops!
Peter, Brian, & Stewie: Take a tip, take a lesson!
You'll never win by messin'
Peter: With the fellas at the freakin' FCC

And if you find yourself with some you sexy thing
You're gonna have to do her with your ding-a-ling
Cause you can't say penis!

So they sent this little warning they're prepared to do the worst
Brian: And they stuck it in your mailbox hoping you could be co-erced
Stewie: I can think of quite another place they should have stuck it first!

Peter, Brian, & Stewie: They may just be neurotic
Or possible psychotic
They're the fellas at the freakin FCC!

Family Guy is on Fox. Well, duh! What did you expect? Fox has been spewing for (bleep) since it's inseption! How ironic that The Simpsons would parady something stupid like "Bouncing Boobs" and Fox would in turn put out a show portraing just that! Fox has pandered to the worst in society and made billions. Murdock is a super genius (sp) and the top of the food chain.

Why, why, why, WHY are they(PTC) watching? And what gives them any right to tell the rest of us what to not watch? If they have a problem with babies pooing, then let's get diaper commercials off the air. Along with toilet paper commercials with a toilet paper sticking to a bear's ass. That or do what i do when something offensive like those come on: change the frickin channel or go to the fridge/bathroom/anything but watch.

.......The problem is its not very funny anymore........

Fox is not stupid enough to shelve Family Guy--even if its biggest critic is a bunch of right-wing a-holes. Oh, the irony!

Family Guy, South Park, Futurama, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Bill Maher. These television shows represent the front line defense our freedom-loving country has in the fight against extremist religion and morally bankrupt fearmongers. If you don't like choice, by all means move your sorry selves to a country that doesn't have any and leave the rest of us alone.

Family Guy is one of the greatest shows and if the PTC wants to take it off air they can just SUCK IT. Oh, and the 150th episode was pretty good. It was different, but it was good.

Huge fan of Family Guy, not a huge fan of this episode, but it really wasn't that bad considering what can be found on cable.

I echo the sentiment of many other fans "butt out PTC" I'm a grown ass man watching a show meant for adults. Is that not allowed because I don't pay $60 a month for cable?

I <3 my free trashy tv

These people need to get a sense of humor. Seth MacFarlane can do no wrong in my eyes.

Honestly, can we see overeaction much?
My God. This must be those soccer mom's talking again.
Some kid must have thought they'd like and to there shock is angry with it. I say, screw them all to Hell!
Seth, I hope you make an episode bashing these folks all over. FYI I enjoyed the episode, mainly the aspect of Stewie and Brian's relationship, whether just friends or whatever. I always saw some thing deep between these two.

Everything's better with a bag of weed!

Speaking as a parent, I don't give a DAMN what the Parents TV Council thinks or says. Narrow minded prigs. I'll take care of my own kids. You stay out of it.

Ridiculous organization that should be utterly ignored.

People pay extra to get the channel that this show is on, right? They choose to have it come in to their living room. Unless it has a deleterious effect on interstate commerce, how is this the government's business?

The Parents Television Council are unelected right wing zealots with a ridiculous name. Just whose parents are they, by the way? Certainly not mine. In fact I question how many of them are parents at all. For all intents and purposes, they bear an uncanny resemblance to the morality councils in Iran. Family Guy is a cartoon for adults. If you dont like whats on a particular channel, change it. I dont pretend to like christian religious shows, but I'm not braying about their right to be on the air, even though they offend me. Either the airwaves belong to all of us, or none of us.

The world has become way to PC!

Enjoy the show folks!

If it offends you don't watch.

really wonder why these anti-free speech "family" groups complain about television shows and try to get them off the air instead of NOT WATCHING THEM!

I agree - if you don't like it, don't watch it and don't allow your kids to watch it. I love Family Guy and think it's hilarious! Be a parent and watch your kids instead of plopping them down in front of the tv and telling them to have at it. What gives this group the right to decide what we watch? Who put them in charge? If the FCC has a problem with it, they will deal with it. I don't need some idiotic douchebags telling me what I can and cannot watch - THE USA IS A FREE COUNTRY!!!!

So, did the PTC happen to tune in to Family Guy AFTER THE WARNING SCREEN that takes up the whole TV screen?

Or are they just trying to mind everyone else's business, yet again?

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