EDITORIAL: Not to mention that in this blatant attempt to corrupt our youth, they depict the female having sex with 2 different men at the same time. The FCC should issue ABC Network a major fine. There is no excuse for this kind of programming error. It’s either gross negligence or willful delinquency of minors. Either way, it’s past time to make these networks responsible for stealing our children’s innocence by corrupting their minds with hypersexuality and porn. These are our public airwaves.
There are regulations against this type of corrupt exposure. It’s time to make these networks PAY for their sins against our society!!
On Oct. 30, families across America sat down on the sofa with their children to watch the Halloween staple, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on ABC.
As the classic cartoon began to wrap up, it’s easy to imagine parents stepping away to prepare for little ones’ bedtimes or to use the restroom or simply to make a phone call.
Twenty-six seconds later, less than the time it takes to show a full-length commercial, the toddlers those parents left behind on the sofa were treated to an adult woman’s sexual fantasy, a scene from the television show “Scandal” depicting graphic lovemaking that stretches the limits of even television’s TV-MA, or mature, rating.
Now a parents organization is demanding ABC apologize for what it says was an irresponsible decision to bookend the final moments of Charlie Brown with graphic sex.
“Shame on ABC for putting a peep show next to a playground,” asserts Parents Television Council President Tim Winter. “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,” he continued. “Such a transition is grossly irresponsible by the network and entirely unfair for parents. ABC owes families an apology.”
Winter isn’t letting ABC off the hook for making a simple error, either.
“Network programmers know the importance of audience flow when constructing their broadcast schedule, and in fact they build their schedules around audience retention rates,” Winter said. “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.”
Video capture of ABC’s Oct. 30 programming at the conclusion of the Charlie Brown special can be seen below.
Editor’s Note: The following scene from “Scandal” contains partial nudity and sexual content.
Drew Zahn is a WND news editor who cut his journalist teeth as a member of the award-winning staff of Leadership, Christianity Today’s professional journal for church leaders. A former pastor, he is the editor of seven books, including Movie-Based Illustrations for Preaching & Teaching, which sparked his ongoing love affair with film and his weekly WND column, “Popcorn and a (world)view.”
Just 26 seconds after the October 30th broadcast of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on ABC, the network immediately went to a graphic sex scene with the opening credits of the show “Scandal.”
Please help fight this irresponsible programming by ABC by doing 2 things:
- Sign this petition to ABC demanding they apologize for inappropriately exposing children to graphic sex and partial nudity and that they take action to not let this happen again.
- Complain directly to the FCC as a violation of broadcast decency standards. Go to www.fcc.gov/complaints