PTC enraged over 'The Walking Dead'
Parent group says drama needs a mature audiences' rating
If you think "The Walking Dead" became a hit when 15.2 million people tuned in to watch the mid-season finale recently, you're wrong.
A more accurate cultural barometer is the disapproval of the Parents Television Council. The often mocked group, which goes after only popular fare, slammed the zombie drama Thursday for its "blatant misrating" as a TV-14 offering. Instead, the group argues, "The Walking Dead" should be rated TV-MA because of its violent content and language.
"Throughout its run, the AMC program 'The Walking Dead' has featured some of the most graphic and brutally intense violence and gore imaginable," said PTC President Tim Winter, in a written statement. "In the current season alone, the show has depicted hundreds of scenes of grisly murder both of living and 'undead,' but human, characters."
And you know in that one episode, where Rick (Andrew Lincoln) kills a prisoner with a machete, or that other one, where Glenn (Steven Yeun) stabs that guy with a zombie bone? Yeah, the PTC didn't like those scenes.
"The intensely violent content has included depictions of the cleaving of human skulls with a machete," Winter continued. "Extreme gun violence including graphic depictions of blood and brains splattering after gunshot wounds and the use of a sharpened human bone as a weapon to stab another character."
Winter added that the word s--- is used excessively and "this is content appropriate to an adult-only audience, but AMC has rated every single episode of 'The Walking Dead' as suitable for a 14-year-old child."
So what is it that the PTC wants? The group, which has 1.3 million members, wants AMC and former Senator Gordon Smith, who chairs the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board, to make this a TV-MA show. AMC and Smith have yet to comment.
But here's the thing: Such a rating might make the show seem even cooler and more 14-year-old viewers will probably tune in.
Season 3 of "The Walking Dead" continues Sunday, Feb. 10, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.
How about we let the parents decide what their kids should watch....I know, I know....How ever shall the world function if we let parents do actual parenting. The end of the world truly must be nearing.
these are same types of people will never go after soap operas. she soaps have affairs by the boat loads, theft, coersion, verbal assaults, etc. and they worry about ZOMBIES BEING KILLED? how many want to be these same people watch the soaps? TWD is on at 10pm. isnt there a disclaimer about violence before the program starts? its TV, MAKE BELIEVE, FAKE, etc. they even show how they "kill" the zombies. much ado about nothing.
odd, the news has REAL VIOLENCE and no one worries about it.
What these WD knuckle-dragging viewers are unaware of is the fact that the Fed's are using this show to "weed out" the garbage-humans in America. Once they've been identified by their WD viewership they can then be sterilized !!
These idiots are as bad as PETA.
Damn PTC again. Too stupid to police their own households and instead push their beliefs on everyone else. What a useless group of people. Just keep your tv's on PBS and shut the hell up already
Generally speaking, people are abdicating their responsibilities and looking to government mostly or some NGA to help solve their problems. What politician was that said, just shortly after the election, "hopefully now we can get to work solving people's problems". Sorry, that isn't your job description. Instead of taking responsibility for the life or lives people brought unto this world, they look else where and scream "feed my kids, cloth them, teach them, house them, keep them safe, watch them, protect them from bad influences".
Slapping a sticker on this show, which I think is awesome, not the sticker but the show, will only make it more taboo. I would love to see some leader or politician stand up and say, "You had sex with someone and fertilized an egg, now you're a parent. Stop looking to someone else to help you raise your little brat". If you're a parent and you want some more regulation for shows like this, then I suggest you cut your nuts off or have your tubes tied, whichever applies, just to make sure you don't bring anymore mouth breathing, whining, dead beats into this world.
"...suitable for a 14-year-old child"
These parents are the weird ones... the ones who let their 10 year old boys sit in the baby part of the grocery buggy.
"The Walkng Dead", a stupid piece of garbage which fits right in with the audience that watches it......
The same kind of MORONS who really believe this will happen to them in their lifetime.