Leave it to a parents group with nothing better to do than find something to complain about to rag on FX’s fifth season of “American Horror Story.”
THR writes that the Parents Television Council, a conservative watchdog group, has blasted FX’s “American Horror Story: Hotel” and also taken issue with Fox’s “Scream Queens” — both produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.
The group, led by president Tim Winter, singled out the season premiere of “Hotel” for featuring what he called an “unbelievably explicit combination of sex and violence.”
Explains the site, the episode featured a bloody foursome involving Lady Gaga and Matt Bomer. The group-sex encounter, directed by Murphy, marked quite the acting debut for the pop star, who plays The Countess, the glamorous, bloodthirsty owner of the eponymous Hotel Cortez. Not to be outdone, the season opener also featured a graphic rape scene involving Max Greenfield in which his character was raped with a spiked sex toy.
“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.”
The group urged sponsors — singling out Subway (a company that sells unhealthy food to kids using healthy athletes) — to spend their ad dollars in a more responsible fashion.
The PTC also took issue with Murphy and Falchuk’s Fox horror comedy anthology “Scream Queens” — which it noted is rated appropriate for 14-year-olds and airs at 7 p.m. in the Central and Mountain time zones.
“In spite of this, the program features graphic decapitations and discussions of necrophilia in the family hour … all sponsored by McDonalds,” the group wrote.
Keep in mind that “American Horror Story: Hotel” is on a cable channel, and plays after 9pm. Let’s also remember that it’s not the content providers’ responsibility to babysit children. No matter, groups like the PTC known what’s best for you and your children, so, yeah, fuck them. Stuff like this only builds awareness and interest, which is exactly what “Scream Queens” needs in its lackluster first season. While these people think they’re changing the world, all they’re doing is helping those in which they are persecuting.