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The reaction to the announcement that Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane, will host the 2013 Academy Awards was generally enthusiastic, albeit hesitant about what to expect. One parent group, however, has expressed their anger at the decision.
According to Vanity Fair, the Parents Television Council has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission about a recent episode of the animated series, American Dad, which depicted “graphic verbal and visual reference to oral sex and ejaculation” at a time when millions of children tuned in to watch TV.
Entertainment Weekly reported that Tim Winter, president of PTC, is horrified that people are even considering MacFarlane as an acceptable host for the Oscars.
“Is the man that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected to host next year’s Oscars telecast, following in the footsteps of such Hollywood legends as Bob Hope and Johnny Carson?" Winter asked. “In the past, American Dad and MacFarlane’s other programs have included scenes mocking people with Down syndrome, implying father-daughter incest, a man masturbating a horse, a baby eating horse sperm, and a character eating vomit and excrement out of a baby’s diaper.”
PTC was largely responsible for the complaints against Janet Jackson’s 2004 “Wardrobe Malfunction,” but the FCC has reportedly cut back on its enforcement of indecency complaints. One episode of American Dad in 2010 landed Fox a $25,000 fine from the FCC due to a semen joke, but the fine was more a result of the network not disclosing certain information regarding the show to the FCC, rather than the content of the episode.
Regardless of the PTC protest, MacFarlane is still slated to host the Academy Awards, which air on February 26.
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