Fox Cancels ADHD After Group Condemns X-Rated Easter Bunny Video
(CNSNews.com) – Fox Broadcasting announced it was cancelling its controversial Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD) programming 48 hours after the Parent’s Television Council (PTC) publicly condemned a promotional cartoon entitled “Easter Bunny’s Coming” featuring copulating cartoon rabbits.
The X-rated video contained “the most explicit material we’ve ever seen produced by a broadcast television network,” PTC said in a statement two days before Fox Broadcasting pulled the plug on ADHD, which was launched in October 2012.
“This video mocked Easter during Holy Week,” PTC president Tim Winter told CNSNews.com, calling it “wretched and vile.”
“It shows the level of contempt ADHD has for both Christians and Jews, who were both made fun of in the lyrics,” he added.
“The animated Easter Bunny clip, which runs 2 minutes and 19 seconds in duration, 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,” a PTC press release stated.
Calling the June 28th cancellation a “big victory,” Winter said that “we’re really excited that our push-back with advertisers had an effect.” He noted that Target ads are no longer seen on the ADHD website.
“If advertisers realize how vile this website is and choose to spend their media dollars elsewhere, it can’t and won’t stay commercially viable,” he said.
Broadcasting & Cable reported that Fox affiliates were unhappy with the ADHD programming because it prompted many calls from angry viewers, but the network asked them not to say anything publicly. “So the great defender of free speech was telling its affiliates to be quiet,” Winter told CNSNews.com.
The television version of ADHD aired on Saturdays at 11 EST, when young children are presumably asleep.
However, Winter said that the TV programming “constantly promoted to the [ADHD] website, which is still up and running. It contains even more sexually explicit, violent and profane videos that put children squarely in the cross-hairs” by featuring beloved cartoon characters such as Spiderman, Pokemon and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Viewers can log-in to the ADHD website just by clicking a box stating that they are over 18 years of age.
“In one knockoff of Archie and Jughead, the entire premise of the show was the characters taking pictures of their genitals and showing them to their friends,” Winter said. Other ADHD videos, all of which were copyrighted by Fox Broadcasting, showed “Ninja Turtles with huge erections” and “Spiderman’s penis falling off and hitting women in the face.”
Despite what he called "a big victory", Winter told CNSNews.com that PTC would continue its efforts to force Fox to shut down the ADHD website as well.
“We will continue to hold Fox Broadcasting, and its advertisers, publicly accountable for any continued breach of the public trust,” he said.