The moralistic finger-waggers over at the Parents Television Council are the prudish kings and queens of hyperbole. Last year, they complained that an episode of Sons of Anarchy “opened with the most sexually explicit content we’ve ever seen on basic cable.” American Horror Story: Hotel creator Ryan Murphy sees Kurt Sutter’s sex scenes, and raises him “the most vile and shocking content I’ve ever seen on TV.” Ever? “Ever.”
[PTC], led by president Tim Winter, singled out the season premiere of American Horror Story: Hotel for featuring what he called an “unbelievably explicit combination of sex and violence.”
“This is the most vile and shocking content I’ve ever seen on TV. Ever,” Winter wrote in an email to subscribers calling for an advertiser boycott the series. “Most Americans have no idea this is primetime fare on advertiser-supported basic cable. And everyone is paying for it as part of their program bundle.” (Via the Hollywood Reporter)
No, I’m guessing “most Americans” know exactly what to expect from a show called American Horror Story starring Lady Gaga (Murphy’s Scream Queens was also criticized for featuring “graphic decapitations and discussions of necrophilia in the family hour”). I’d be curious to read what the PTC thinks about The Americans, except even they don’t watch it.
(Via the Hollywood Reporter)