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.
These PTC people need to remember one thing, if you don't want your kids to watch it, then turn off the tv or change the channel. Find something worth while to complain about.
The Walking Dead is my show, so don't ef with it.... or I'll pretend to be Michonne while you are Penny. Catch my drift?
I agree TV-MA is okay for the show, but what I don't get is that they are okay with 16 and Pregnant being on TV..... so it is bad to have zombies being killed and but not bad that we get to watch kids that are 16 raising kids. So Yes lets teach kids how to be teen parents but don't let them see zombies being killed..... Oh wait they can just go on the internet and watch it whenever they want.
Parents should be parents and take control and stop blaming everything on TV station.
Totally fine for a normal 14 year old. The things I watched when I was 14 make The Walking Dead look like a Disney show.
Probably should be TV MA but that is besides the point. The rating is only a guide to help parents know what to expect and nothing more. Rating or no rating parents are responsible for what their kids watch and everything else a parent should do. The rating in the corner does nothing to stop kids from watching so it doesn't matter in the end. To bad these dummies can't see that but like similar groups they expect others to do the parenting for them and blame others when the kids turn out to be rotten good for nothings.
I think its time