FCC Rules In Favor of Buffy and Against PTC Complaint

Parents Television Council — the group last seen paying WWE $3.5 million after the PTC lied about the WWE’s role in a number of child deaths — filed a complaint about an episode of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. The episode in question featured simulated sex between Buffy and Spike, which the PTC claimed was indecent. The FCC’s reply is below,

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D. C. 20554

This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.

See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FCC DENIES COMPLAINTS FILED AGAINST NOVEMBER 20, 2001, EPISODE OF
“BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:

Janice Wise: (202) 418-8165

August 9, 2004

Washington, D.C.: Today, the Federal Communications Commission issued a Memorandum
Opinion and Order denying a complaint by Parents Television Council alleging that various
television station licensees airing UPN programming, including the licensee of Station
WDCA(TV), Washington, DC, aired indecent material during the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
program on November 20, 2001. The complainants alleged that the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
episode at issue included a scene in which the characters Buffy and Spike engage in sexual
intercourse.

The Commission concluded that the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” program at issue, as described
by the complainants, was not sufficiently explicit or graphic to be indecent. The Commission
noted that there was no nudity, and there was no evidence that the activity depicted was dwelled
upon, or was used to pander, titillate or shock the audience.

By the Commission: Chairman Powell, Commissioners Abernathy, Copps, Martin and
Adelstein, FCC 04-196, August 9, 2004.

Enforcement Bureau Contacts: Janice Wise or Elizabeth Valinoti (202) 418-7450

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