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Parents Television Council Doesn't Understand 'Sons of Anarchy'

By Emily Cutler | Industry | November 18, 2014 |

By Emily Cutler | Industry | November 18, 2014 |

Here’s the thing, Parent Television Council, I’m not particularly interested in watching Sons of Anarchy either. I tried for a while, but then some kid got boatnapped and I called it a day. But I’m also not interested in you guys telling them what material they should be allowed to show.

So if they want to open an episode with a 2 and a half minute explicit sex montage (what one cast member (definitely Bobby) dubbed a “fucktage”), they should be allowed to do so. But from PTC President Tim Winter

“Last week’s episode of Sons of Anarchy opened with the most sexually explicit content we’ve ever seen on basic cable, content normally found on premium subscription networks like HBO or Showtime … “

Eh, not really. Remember when The Mindy Project had the anal sex episode? And How To Get Away With Murder, black-ish and Jane the Virgin all made fairly obvious references to cunnilingus? And properly British Ioan Gruffudd got all S&M’ed on Forever? And those are just the things I myself have seen happen this season on network tv.

If FX wants to be like HBO and air this kind of explicit content, then they should become a premium network …

Not really again, Winter. Sons of Anarchy airs at 10pm on a network that doesn’t have kids programming, and has the TV MA warning at the beginning of every episode. Between parental locks and just regular “check on what your kids are doing” parenting, you should be able to pretty seriously limit whatever access your kid has to the show. And if you as an adult don’t want to watch it, just don’t watch it. This is fairly simple.

Families should not be forced to underwrite pornography. Cable Choice is a solution whose time has come, and there could hardly be a better example of it than this.”

I’m sorry, what now?

The Parents Television Council has slammed FX for airing a series of graphic sex scenes at the beginning of last Tuesday’s Sons of Anarchy, saying that the footage serves as a perfect example of why people should be able to select whether they want to pay specifically for FX, or any other cable channel.

. . .

You guys, we’ve got to do something about all of the gratuitous sex on tv!

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter and Entertainment Weekly (NSFW header)

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