Foxtel’s Family Guy too hot for ‘PG’
A racy episode of this comedy should have been 'M' classified, says ACMA.
An episode of Family Guy screened by Foxtel has been found to have breach pay TV’s Code of Practice, says the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
ACMA found an episode which contained a scene in which the Grim Reaper has sex with a dead girl in the back seat of a car was incorrectly classified as PG. “Death is a bitch” should have warranted an M classification with its sexual references and depictions of violence.
For PG programs, ‘Violence should be mild and infrequent, and be justified by context … Sexual activity should be mild and discreetly implied, and be justified by context.’
ACMA determined that the program contained frequent violence and that a reference to necrophilia exceeded mild. Foxtel argued that the PG rating was justified because the episode was so unreal it could not be taken seriously, but this was dismissed.
Foxtel also breached the codes by not following the required complaint handling procedures in that it failed to advise the complainant that he could refer the matter to ACMA.
Following the breach findings, Foxtel must review the classification of all episodes of Family Guy.