What, can’t a basic cable drama have nearly three-minute long graphic sex montage showing nearly every major member of its cast engaged in all sorts of lusty hardcore acts?
Apparently not without angering a certain parents group.
The Parents Television Council is unloading on FX’s Sons of Anarchy, which opened last Tuesday’s episode with a series of sex scenes. The sequence rather effectively illustrated the widely varying range of emotional states and romantic relationships of the main characters—while also serving up a hearty eyeful of Charlie Hunnam’s bare butt.
The scene featured six couples indulging in various acts (and one character giving herself solo pleasure) and was dubbed “the f–ktage” by show insiders.
“It’s official: In order to watch cable news, ESPN, Disney or the History Channel, every family in America must now also pay for pornography on FX,” said PTC president Tim Winter. “Last week’s episode of Sons of Anarchy opened with the most sexually explicit content we’ve ever seen on basic cable, content normally found on premium subscription networks like HBO or Showtime … If FX wants to be like HBO and air this kind of explicit content, then they should become a premium network … Families should not be forced to underwrite pornography. Cable Choice is a solution whose time has come, and there could hardly be a better example of it than this.”
FX declined to comment and show creator Kurt Sutter had no immediate comment. It’s worth noting that the series airs at 10 p.m. and FX runs a TV-MA advisory warning before the show and after every commercial break.
The PTC has decried a wide range of TV subjects, from the decidedly silly (protesting Adult Swim for making cartoons for adults, and MTV for what Nicki Minaj might do at the VMAs) to the arguably valid (inaccurate content ratings; ABC segueing from a Charlie Brown special into a Scandal sex scene).
The organization previously targeted SOA last year, when the show had a sequence involving a school shooting. At the time, Sutter responded: “The PTC—I would imagine these are not evil people, but they’re just not very intelligent or intuitive people. … The fact that these people want to be monitoring what my children watch is terrifying … whenever that stuff crosses the line into censorship, it’s just scary, not just on a creative level but on a personal level.”