A pro-parenting group issued a scathing statement Monday after ABC aired a sex scene late last week following a Halloween-themed episode of “Charlie Brown.”
“Shame on ABC for putting a peep show next to a playground,” Parents Television Council president Tim Winter said in a statement. “In less than 26 seconds we were taken from the Peanuts pumpkin patch to a steamy ‘Scandal’ sex scene.”
The Thursday night scene showed one of the characters in “Scandal” having a sex dream that lasted for approximately 50 seconds.
“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,” Winter said. “Such a transition is grossly irresponsible by the network and entirely unfair for parents. ABC owes families an apology.”
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“Network programmers know the importance of audience flow when constructing their broadcast schedule, and in fact they build their schedules around audience retention rates,” he continued. “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.”
ABC had not offered an apology at the time of publication.
Courtesy of The Blaze