"The Federal Communications Commission is proposing to fine Fox $25,000 for failing to properly respond to its questions about the airing of a Jan. 3 episode of “American Dad” installment that drew 100,000 consumer complaints," writes our good friend and former TVWeek staffer Ira Teinowitz at TheWrap..
Fox has 30 days to respond before it has to pay the fine. At issue right now isn’t if the segment is indecent, but Fox’s responses to FCC questions.
According to the article, the complaints about the show piled up after "the Parents Television Council urged its members to complain to the FCC that the episode was indecent."
The article also states that the crux of the issue is as follows: The FCC "asked the station in Dallas that Fox owns and operates, KDFW, questions not only about its airing of the show but about how many other Fox stations aired the episode.Fox declined to disclose the other stations, calling the request ‘unnecessary’ and ‘beyond the bureau’s authority.’ ‘It maintained that the FCC s should limit any investigation to stations where complaints were filed and it should already have the complaints."
Here’s a copy of the "American Dad" segment in question. Be forewarned: It includes inuendos about a horse ejaculating.