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FCC Rejects ’Angel’ Indecency Complaint

Saturday 26 February 2005, by Webmaster

WASHINGTON - A love scene from the canceled TV show "Angel" that showed a female character turning into a vampire and biting her partner’s neck did not overstep federal indecency rules, the Federal Communications Commission ruled Friday.

It was one of two scenes from a November 2003 episode of "Angel" that were not "sufficiently graphic or explicit to render the program patently offensive" by contemporary standards, the FCC said in denying an indecency complaint from the Parents Television Council.

"Angel," which was canceled by the WB last year after five seasons, starred David Boreanaz in the title role of an 18th-century vampire who tried to atone for past evil deeds in present day Los Angeles.

One scene involved Angel in an intimate moment with a female character in which Angel’s hips are seen "moving back and forth," the Parents Television Council said in its complaint.

In the scene depicting the female vampire biting the neck of her partner, also a vampire, both characters had clothes on and "their breathing is heavy," the complaint said.

The episode aired at 9 p.m. EST on Nov. 19, 2003. The indecency law bars nonsatellite radio and noncable television stations from airing between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. indecent material such as references to sexual and excretory functions. Those are the hours when children are more likely to be watching TV.

But not all sexual and excretory references or scenes are considered indecent. The FCC must consider context and its decisions are subjective interpretations of the law.

The FCC said the "Angel" scenes were not patently offensive "as defined by commission precedent" and therefore were not indecent.

The complaint was officially filed against WBDC-TV in Washington, though the program aired on WB stations across the country. The FCC asks that indecency complaints include the call letters of a television or radio station.

4 Forum messages

  • > FCC Rejects ’Angel’ Indecency Complaint

    26 February 2005 10:02, by Wolverine68

    This is the problem with society. People don’t stop to look at the context, only the content.

    Glad to see truth & justice won out.

    Ironic though, that it took 5 (8 if yuo count from the start of Buffy) years for a complaint to be made. I mean people have been vamping & having sex on the show all this time.

  • > FCC Rejects ’Angel’ Indecency Complaint

    26 February 2005 17:38, by Anonymous
    "We" need to dig up some dirt on the head sickos running this so called "Parents Television Council" so they will crawl back into the slime pit they came out of. They must be stopped. Eight sick people, (that’s how many complained and wanted NBC and the country of Greece fined for airing the "pornographic" Olympic games opening ceremonys) shouldn’t be allowed to dictate and edit the media for millions of others. The PTC has the only dirty minds!
  • > FCC Rejects ’Angel’ Indecency Complaint

    27 February 2005 13:16, by Anonymous
    to be honest, makes me wana know which episodes they are taling about! So i can wathc them...
  • > FCC Rejects ’Angel’ Indecency Complaint

    27 February 2005 21:46, by Nikkole
    This is the same council of parents that said we should ban "The Little Mermaid" and "Pocahontis" from tv and movie channels because they are encouraging our young girls to become sluts. COME ON! I just don’t think I would let my 6 year old go out on a date where seashells for a bra and a tailfin! LOL! They need to get REAL jobs and lives of thier own. OR, make sure that THEY are being parents to thier own children, and stop worrying about everyone elses’.