Cartoon necrophilia is wrong

Australia watchdogs rule on Family Guy

Family Guy has hit trouble with TV watchdogs in Australia: for a scene in which the Grim Reaper has sex with a dead girl.

Cable broadcaster Foxtel has been reprimanded for giving the episode a PG rating, when it should have had a stricter M, for more mature youngsters.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority said the episode entitled Death Is A Bitch breached the code of conduct, dismissing Foxtel's argument that the episode was so unreal it could not be taken seriously.

It ruled: ‘Necrophilia, even by way of an animated reference, contains an inherent impact higher than mild.’

Foxtel will reclassify the episode as M for future screenings and will review the classification of all other episodes of Family Guy.

Published: 30 Sep 2008

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