Fox's 'X rated' Easter Bunny online video draws protest: Want to see it?
Fox’s NSFW Easter cartoon is drawing some holiday heat. The animated short on the network’s Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD) online channel is a raunchy (and quite catchy) music video titled “The Easter Bunny’s Coming” (video below).
The Parents Television Council, an independent watchdog group that monitors network programming and frequently protests content, called the video “X rated” and crowned it “the most explicit material we’ve ever seen produced by a broadcast television network.”
“We thought we had seen the worst of ‘ADHD’ when Fox aired a segment several months ago with high school characters gleefully taking cell phone pictures of their genitals and texting the photos to other students,” said PTC president Tim Winter. “That content pales in comparison to the material in this new video.”
“The animated Easter Bunny clip … features over a dozen unbleeped ‘f-words;’ depictions of dozens of fornicating rabbits; more than a dozen instances of a vulgar slang term for ejaculation; a depiction of a male character eating rabbit feces; and music lyrics that are grotesquely sexualizing and misogynistic. An overt reference to Christians and Jews only adds to the offensive nature of a video being promoted during Holy Week and Passover … it’s easily X-rated material that directly targets, and appeals to, children.”
The ADHD channel is Fox’s online testing ground for new animated idea that could evolve into a broadcast series — such as Fox’s Family Guy, a show the PTC has a long history of protesting (Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane once famously said that receiving an outraged letter from the PTC was “like getting hate mail from Hitler”). While the Easter Bunny skit has not aired on the broadcast network, the PTC pointed out that Fox promotes its online channel on its public airwaves.
Fox did not have a comment. Here’s the NSFW music video: