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Parents Television Council Files FCC Complaint Against Fox

Jul 19, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The TV content watchdog group Parents Television Council filed an indecency complaint Monday with the Federal Communications Commission concerning the Fox drama “The Inside.” PTC alleged Fox aired an episode of the show with “themes of forced sodomy and S&M fetishes during prime-time viewing.”

The PTC has asked the FCC to issue a notice of apparent liability against each Fox affiliate that aired the program.

The episode in question originally aired at 9 p.m. (ET) June 15. According to PTC, the episode included “graphic discussions about the characters’ sexual practices, scenes of a man and a woman engaged in S&M role playing, gory images of dismembered and mutilated bodies and a strongly implied male rape.”

“This is yet another prime example of why Congress needs to pass the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act,” said L. Brent Bozell, president of the PTC, in a press release, “because with the threat of higher fines for indecent content, millions of children could be spared from viewing sexually graphic shows like ‘The Inside’ because the consequences would hopefully cause Fox to think twice before airing such content.”

A Fox spokesman said the episode was “thoroughly vetted by our broadcast standards and practices department and was considered appropriate for broadcast.”