Cartoons that are aimed at 12-year-olds include jokes about pedophilia, rape and prostitution, use profanity and portray drug abuse as funny, the watchdog group the Parents Television Council charges, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The PTC report condemned the Disney Channel’s "Phineas and Ferb" for helping to mainstream the word "sucks," the story says. Despite that, the Disney Channel received an A from the group for its animated children’s content. Not so lucky were Adult Swim and Cartoon Network, which were both awarded F’s, the story says.
While Adult Swim is targeted to adults, the PTC says it routinely draws children as young as 12, airs in prime time and doesn’t include warnings about the content, the story says. Cartoon Network completely failed to use warning systems for sex and suggestive and crude language, the PTC charged.
The study looked at 123 episodes of animated shows that attract children, and found that adult content is featured once every 2 minutes and 19 seconds, the story says.