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'Shame On ABC': Pro-Parenting Group Blasts Network For Airing 'Scandal' Sex Scene After 'Charlie Brown' Halloween Special

| by Lisa Fogarty

Some parents are livid after ABC reportedly aired a graphic sex scene last week immediately following a Charlie Brown Halloween special. The pro-parenting watchdog group Parents Television Council has issued a statement demanding the network apologize to the nation's parents. 

“Shame on ABC for putting a peep show next to a playground,” Parents Television Council president Tim Winter said in a statement. “In less than 26 seconds we were taken from the Peanuts pumpkin patch to a steamy ‘Scandal’ sex scene.”

The scene Winter is referring to is one in which a character on ABC’s hit show ‘Scandal’ has a sex dream that lasts about 50 seconds, reports The Blaze. The ‘Great Pumpkin’ ended at about 8:59 p.m. on Thursday evening and ‘Scandal’ appeared right after, showing actress Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope dreaming about having sex with President Fitz (Tony Goldwyn), reports the Washington Post.

Prior to the episode airing there is a brief few seconds in which the viewer is told the show is about to appear, but Winter argues that it wasn't enough time for parents to take control of the situation.

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“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," Winter claimed. "Such a transition is grossly irresponsible by the network and entirely unfair for parents. ABC owes families an apology.

“Network programmers know the importance of audience flow when constructing their broadcast schedule, and in fact they build their schedules around audience retention rates. So they know full well the importance of program adjacency. The juxtaposition of a reliably classic family friendly children’s cartoon special like the ‘Great Pumpkin’ – a huge family draw every year for decades – with such a graphic bedroom scene is unjustifiable. We call on ABC to apologize for its actions and to promise not to do such a thing in the future.”

ABC has not issued an apology or statement at this time.

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Sources: The Blaze, Washington Post

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