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In the wake of the horrific scenes of death and trauma at the Boston Marathon bombings, take a good look at the content you make possible with your sponsorship of Family Guy. Each week this show is filled with disgustingly gruesome acts of violence and crude themes impacting impressionable hearts and minds and upon our culture at large.
While the Family Guy episode you sponsored on March 17, “Turban Cowboy,” depicted bombings of a bridge and not at the Boston Marathon – the episode did, however, portray mass killings of Marathon runners with bodies and blood strewn throughout the street. The fact that character Peter Griffin purposefully mowed them down with a car, instead of a bomb, is beside the point. The character stated: “When a guy got in my way I killed him.”
Is this any better than a bombing?
Yet, this is the content your company empowered.
Many companies today speak about corporate responsibility. And you do have a responsibility to families like mine and the millions of others who support you with our patronage. Yet as you sponsor programs such as Family Guy on Fox TV, empowering the most offensive content on network television, you are demonstrating to me and millions of other consumers that you are a company not worthy of my support.
You have a choice, obviously, in where you place your ads. I, too, have a choice in where I do business. I urge you to withdraw all advertising from Family Guy on Fox TV. I look forward to your response.
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