When it comes to TV content propriety, American Dad producer Seth MacFarlane is known for pushing the envelop. But the Parents Television Council alleged today that he pretty much shredded it Sunday night during an episode of the animated series on Fox, which the group said depicted scenes of a man masturbating a horse.
PTC said it was urging its members to file indecency complaints with the Federal Communications Commission, because the show aired at 9:30 p.m. when indecent content is prohibited on broadcast television.
“A broadcast television network aired an animated program on a Sunday evening when children were in the audience, and the program featured a man masturbating a horse,” said Tim Winter, president of the PTC. “Up until now, I never imagined that those exact words could ever be spoken in that particular order. But sadly, here we are.”
Fox declined to comment.
PTC said the episode also included graphic scenes of a character ripping a woman’s arm from its socket and bleeped uses of the “f-word.”
Describing the offending scenes, PTC noted that American Dad character Roger tells another character, Stan, that he must care for their racehorse.
“You’re gonna have to do the horse chores…You have to brush the horse’s coat and mane, water and feed it, then give it a full release. You know, give it a happy photo finish. Take the glue out of the factory. Spank his front butt. Grant him a bone loan!”
According to PTC, Stan then bends down beneath the horse. The horse’s eyes go wide with surprise and pleasure. Stan is shown with fluid spraying in his face, implying that the horse has ejaculated on Stan. The camera pulls back to reveal that Stan is washing himself off with a hose.
“And at the very same time, the broadcasters and their hired mouthpieces are ranting in federal court about how the broadcast decency laws are ‘chilling’ the content they want to air,” Winter said.
Winter added: “Under what definition of ‘contemporary community standards’ is the Fox broadcast standards department operating? The fact that this material even made it to air demonstrates the network’s contempt for families. It also demonstrates their complete and utter disregard for the terms of their broadcast licenses that allow them to deliver their programming and their advertisements into every home in America for free.”