Parents in Ridiculous Tizzy Over Steamy Scene Aired After 'Charlie Brown' Special (VIDEO)

Charlie BrownI’ve never watched the ABC show Scandal, but I might have to change that now that I’ve seen the steamy promo clip for an upcoming episode. In the video, Olivia (Kerry Washington) is dreaming about an R-rated manwich with characters Jake (Scott Foley) and Fitz (Tony Goldwyn), and while everything about this sounds perfectly healthy and enjoyable for consenting adults, the problem is that the scene aired less than 30 seconds after the Peanuts Halloween special last night.

And the Parents Television Council is not happy about that little scheduling SNAFU. Not happy at all.

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Here’s the clip in question, which was broadcast right after the Peanuts special ended last night:

Commercial preview not for children from Parents Television Council on Vimeo.

First, I just have to get this out of the way: HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAAAAAAA. Ahhhhh *wipes tear* okay, I’m sorry, that’s just funny. “Good grief, Charlie Brown, is that lady getting it on with two daddies?”

So! It turns out this scheduling goof really angered the PTC, who promptly issued the following statement:

Shame on ABC for putting a peep show next to a playground. In less than 26 seconds we were taken from the Peanuts pumpkin patch to a steamy Scandal sex scene. Twenty-six seconds, boom. Unless parents had the remote control in their hand, thumb on the button and aimed directly at the TV screen, they didn't have a chance. Such a transition is grossly irresponsible by the network and entirely unfair for parents. ABC owes families an apology.

I probably wouldn’t think this was quite so amusing if my own kids have been watching TV last night and got up close and personal with Olivia Pope’s fantasy life, but I guess my feeling is that if they were exposed to this commercial, the important thing would have been how I handled it. If they were curious, I would have answered their questions as best I could have, although my guess is that they would have been grossed out if they even noticed anything was happening at all. (They really don't enjoy the chaste kissing scenes in family movies.)

As for the PTC’s reaction, well, I guess that’s their job. But what’s done is done, and I doubt any kids were left permanently scarred. I don’t think ABC should be forced to apologize, because it was likely an honest mistake, and I think we’ve all got bigger things to worry about as parents than whether our kids saw a few seconds of a fictional character's naughty dream, don’t you?

Do you think ABC should apologize?


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