Parents around the country are expressing their fury at ABC for exposing children and unsuspecting families, who had just finished watching the It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown special on October 30, to graphic sex in the opening scene of the following program, Scandal.
The Parents Television Council (PTC) is leading the charge against ABC for their shameful lack of discretion in airing a sex scene immediately following a family television presentation.
“Shame on ABC for putting a peep show next to a playground. In less than 26 seconds we were taken from the Peanuts pumpkin patch to a steamy Scandal sex scene. Twenty-six seconds, boom. Unless parents had the remote control in their hand, thumb on the button and aimed directly at the TV screen, they didn’t have a chance. Such a transition is grossly irresponsible by the network and entirely unfair for parents. ABC owes families an apology,” said PTC President Tim Winter.
This was no accident, Winter claims.
“Network programmers know the importance of audience flow when constructing their broadcast schedule, and in fact they build their schedules around audience retention rates. So they know full well the importance of program adjacency. The juxtaposition of a reliably classic family-friendly children’s cartoon special like the Great Pumpkin –a huge family draw every year for decades – with such a graphic bedroom scene is unjustifiable. We call on ABC to apologize for its actions and to promise not to do such a thing in the future.”
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