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’Angel’ absolved from beyond the grave

Monday 28 February 2005, by Webmaster

The Federal Communications Commission has ruled The WB’s canceled Angel will not have to pay indecency fines from beyond the grave.

The FCC ruled a scene during the Nov. 19, 2003, episode, entitled Destiny, was not sufficiently graphic or explicit to render the program patently offensive by contemporary standards to meet the level of indecency, Zap2it.com reported Monday. The episode featured star David Boreanaz sharing an intimate moment with a female character. The Parent’s Television Council complained Boreanaz’s hips could be seen moving back and forth. The PTC also cited an additional scene that portrayed a female transforming into vampire form and biting another woman on the neck. The council complained the scene featured heavy breathing.

The complaint was specifically filed against Washington’s WBDC-TV, though all WB stations across the country could have been impacted for showing the program.

From Contactmusic.com :


The producers of cancelled TV show ANGEL have been given a reprieve by America’s FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC) after censorship chiefs threw out complaints about a love scene from the series.

FCC bosses have ruled a 2003 scene showing a female character turning into a vampire and biting her partner’s neck did not overstep indecency rules.

The complaint came from America’s PARENTS TELEVISION COUNCIL, which claimed lead character Angel, played by DAVID BOREANAZ, could be clearly seen "moving (hip hips) back and forth" in the scene.

12 Forum messages

  • > ’Angel’ absolved from beyond the grave

    1 March 2005 00:03, by Anonymous
    A woman gets bit on the neck by a vampire, but they’re more concerned about heavy breathing. These people are nuts!
  • > ’Angel’ absolved from beyond the grave

    1 March 2005 00:40, by Anonymous
    WHO CARES?????
  • > ’Angel’ absolved from beyond the grave

    1 March 2005 01:07, by Anonymous

    Not wanting to belittle this group or anything but I rather liked Angel’s ’intimate’ moments. And he didn’t have nearly enough of them! lol. Seriously, what is it with Americans and sex..... Its not like you EVER see anything is it! To be critical, the violence on Angel is far more graphic than the sex ever was but no, that’s okay. Also it doesn’t do their campaign any good to ’pick’ on a show like this and fail.

    This just show’s the difference between countries. Here in the UK they run Angel at 9am in the morning right after the kids programmes finish and they hardly cut a thing and when they do its violence, as in the blood spatter up the wall when Angel kills the bad ops guy with the shot gun near the end of "Conviction". And for some reason in the same episode they took offense to Angel’s "I have no problem spanking men" line, lol. Go figure!

  • > ’Angel’ absolved from beyond the grave

    1 March 2005 09:13, by Anonymous
    I don’t think all Americans are this uptight. Granted, sexuality is bit more supressed here, but these people are loony! lol. The PTC is McCarthyism at it’s worst.
  • > ’Angel’ absolved from beyond the grave

    1 March 2005 11:09, by Anonymous

    what the hell the idiots seriously what the hell is wrong with some ppl come on maybe if the show wasn’t a 15 anyway... maybe it would be valid but how many 15 year olds don’t know about sex etc. (I did) anyway and a female vampire biting anouther female of I really see how that’s explict (note the sacasim) if the world does’nt have enough problems with sexual discrimination and racism etc. since they get pissed of at such a small thing I think they should be the ones taking to court on those charges I mean teenagers have enough problems from other kids without other parents encourageing it etc. sorry to rant I just think this represents a wider issue thats all

    Its bad enough they canceled angel in the first place now there trying to censor it whats the world coming to

  • > ’Angel’ absolved from beyond the grave

    1 March 2005 11:13, by Anonymous
    I love that they complained about biting - on a show about VAMPIRES!!!!! lol
  • > ’Angel’ absolved from beyond the grave

    1 March 2005 13:42, by Anonymous
    The "moving his hips back and forth" part cracks me up. It’s as though we’ve blasted back to the ’50s and Elvis can only be shown from the waist up due to his gyrating. Sheesh, we Americans are far too conservative.
  • > ’Angel’ absolved from beyond the grave

    1 March 2005 20:09, by Anonymous
    To answer the "wasn’t it Spike" bit, I think this is actually referring to the scene where Angelus was doing Dru in a flashback. As I understand it, the FCC complaint was about both of the ’sex scenes’ in that episode.
  • > ’Angel’ absolved from beyond the grave

    1 March 2005 20:17, by elitetech2004
    I’m wondering why they sat through the show if it offended them so deeply..methinks the council protests too much...
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    2 March 2005 04:33, by AKL
    I was actually laughing as I was reading the article. I’m sorry, but that is absolutly one of the stupidest things I have ever heard of! That’s called a bunch of women WAY over protective and just looking for complaints. That’s as bad as those parents suing Walmart because they bought their daughter the Evanescence CD Anywhere But Home and it said the F word in, like, once. It’s called pathetic and people who have WAY to much time on their hands and need to get a job. Most kids know what sex is by the age of third grade in today’s society anyway. Sorry to the women who on this little convention thing, but I roll my eyes at you and try to hold back laughs.
  • > ’Angel’ absolved from beyond the grave

    2 March 2005 12:13, by Phizzy
    These people are retarded.
  • > ’Angel’ absolved from beyond the grave

    2 March 2005 23:34, by Wolverine68

    Both Spike & Angel were having sex in Destiny. Spike with Harmoney in the present, and Angel with Drucilla in a flashback.

    In both scenes, you could clearly see them humping. In fact the one with Spike & Harmoney it was more obvious what they were doing.