Petition The FCC To Ban Fox's Family Guy On Obscenity Violations
Throughout its regrettable run, Family Guy has violated every possible obscenity and indecency statute which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is charged by the United States Congress to uphold. Fox and the debased despicable debauched degenerate Seth MacFarlane (who very well may be the single greatest threat to the overall welfare and ethical future of the nation, far more than any politician or terrorist), have repeatedly thumbed their noses at the government agency which administers the public airwaves that belong to the American people.
Well... it's time to take them to task. One of the founding principles of the United States of America is that no one person or entity is above the law. The law is on the books, so it's high time that the violators faced enforcement action. From the FCC's Obscene, Indecent, and Profane Broadcasts:
It is a violation of federal law to air obscene programming at any time. It is also a violation of federal law to air indecent programming or profane language during certain hours.The FCC may revoke a station license, impose a monetary forfeiture, or issue a warning if a station airs obscene, indecent, or profane material.
This regulation then goes on to state:
Obscene material is not protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution and cannot be broadcast at any time. The Supreme Court has established that, to be obscene, material must meet a three-pronged test:
- An average person, applying contemporary community standards, must find that the material, as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest;
- The material must depict or describe, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by applicable law; and
- The material, taken as a whole, must lack serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.
OK, let's stop there for a bit and review how these specifications apply to Family Guy.
The show has repeatedly shown:
- Pedophilia, with an adult engaging in sexual contact with a nude baby, in the episode entitled "McStroke".
- Bestiality, with a woman engaging in sexual intercourse with a dog which is taped to a chair, in the episode entitled "Barely Legal".
- Matricide, when a child engages in elaborate planning to murder his own mother, in the episode entitled "Stewie Loves Lois".
... and many more examples of episodes where an adult slices up a pet cat with a razor blade, a ten person orgy is clearly shown, babies drinking horse semen... indeed, the Family Guy episode guide reads like a pervert's guide to felonies.
Let's not even start on the topic of blaspheming most of the world's great religions which is a hate crime also not covered by free speech protections. Family Guy has shown Jesus preparing to date rape a woman, walking across water to pick up a dollar bill, and fleeing from police; God as Flash Gordon; an Adolf Hitler scarecrow named a Scare-Jew; infectious holy water; dogs chewing on crucifixes; and a Christian bookburning pile where the title of a book "Logic for First Graders" is clearly visible.
The indecency statutes are milder than those which apply to obscenity, and these are fulfilled in their entirety by virtually every episode of Family Guy ever aired:
The FCC has defined broadcast indecency as “language or material that, in context, depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium, sexual or excretory organs or activities.”
Consistent with a federal indecency statute and federal court decisions interpreting the statute, the Commission adopted a rule that broadcasts -- both on television and radio -- that fit within the indecency definition and that are aired between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. are prohibited and subject to indecency enforcement action.
There is no market Fox broadcasts in where first run Family Guy is shown outside of the 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. window. Therefore, even if we want to apply the less serious indecency regulations, Fox is in clear and unambiguous violation.
So what to do?
Enforcement actions in this area are based on documented complaints received from the public about obscene, indecent, or profane material. FCC staff will review each complaint to determine whether it contains sufficient information to suggest that there has been a violation of the obscenity, indecency, or profanity laws. If it appears that a violation may have occurred, the staff will start an investigation, which may include a letter of inquiry to the broadcast station.
This is where I need your help. I am a Canadian citizen, thus am prohibited from filing a complaint with the FCC. I need you and your American citizenship to file this complaint which may lead to Fox taking Family Guy off the air entirely, or at least relegate it to past 10:00 p.m. watershed period. This would also seriously affect the show's syndication frequency and the millions of dollars Fox makes off the show every single day (yes, every day well over a million dollars in syndication revenue alone).
The hundreds of television stations which currently carry syndicated eps of Family Guy will drop it like a hot potato if they can only show it in the graveyard time slots between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.! Fox will be hit in excess of one billion dollars in lost revenue, which has to be the most effective penalty possible for the egregious violations of American law the network has been airing for almost a full decade!
I promise to assist you in any way to ensure that the FCC complaint is crafted properly and provides the agency with the information required to shut this perversion factory down. The complaint process is fairly simple:
There is no charge for filing a complaint with the FCC. You can file your complaint using an on-line complaint form found at esupport.fcc.gov/complaints.htm. You can also file a complaint by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org; calling 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) voice, 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322) TTY; faxing 1-866-418-0232; or writing to:
Federal Communications Commission
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division
445 12th St., SW
Washington, DC 20554.
The best way to provide all the information the FCC needs to process your complaint is to complete fully the on-line complaint form. When you open the on-line complaint form, you will be asked a series of questions that will take you to the particular section you need to complete.
So... will you help? Let me know in the comments section (this entire process will be kept totally transparent and fully public) and let's do it!
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