The Parent Television Council is attacking the popular series for graphic scenes in last week’s episode. The group claims that this type of violence contributes to the media’s negative impact on our children.

“On the very same night that Vice President Joe Biden met with entertainment industry leaders to discuss the issue of media violence and its impact on children, ABC — the television network owned by a company named for Walt Disney — aired an intense, explicit and bloodied torture scene during its show Scandal,” the PTC released in a statement.

It reads, “For nearly three minutes, viewers were subjected to graphic and disturbing scenes of a man struggling to breathe while being waterboarded, his nose being broken and his face beaten into a bloody mess, blood spattering on the walls, and being kicked and beaten into submission.”

The group is referring to opening scene during the show’s winter premiere where Huck, played by Guillermo Diaz, arrested and accused of trying to assassinate the president.

Although there was a content advisory at the beginning of the episode, PTC president Time Winter said, “It’s sickening just how quickly the entertainment industry was able to move past the tragedy of Newtown and get back to business as usual.”

The episode marked Scandal’s highest second season ratings.

Do you agree with the PTC’s criticism? Is the violence shown on Scandal and other TV shows too much?

  • Ann G

    I will let Kathryn Bigelow’s remarks on the Senate “outrage” against Zero Dark Thirty speak for this:

    “I do wonder if some of the sentiments alternately expressed about the film might be more appropriately directed at those who instituted and ordered these U.S. policies, as opposed to a motion picture that brings the story to the screen,” she said.

    She added that “it does seem illogical to me to make a case against torture by ignoring or denying the role it played in U.S. counter-terrorism policy and practices.”

    Basically, don’t shoot the messenger. Although Scandal is a television show based on fiction, there is no secret about the torturing practices this country uses against terrorists. And what does Newton have to do with this anyway? There’s violence on screens across America every night, probably more so in video games than anything else. Let’s not attack the art of creativity because we’re having a hard time absorbing the daily news.

  • Pseudonym

    1. There was a HUGE warning at the beginning of the episode about the graphic violent nature of the content.
    2. Well, maybe this will train up kids who won’t grow up to think it’s cute and funny to join the military, sodomize people from other countries, and take pictures. Just maybe.

  • Chillyroad

    Of course this is just a smoke screen to keep black women and white men apart. I’m kidding. Please don’t delete.

  • The Bishop

    LOL … I almost said the same thing but I thought better. I didn’t want to fan flames and get people all upset again.

  • Jess

    WTF!! Scandal comes on at 10:00 PM. All children should be in their beds at that hour. Try again PTC asshats.

  • That Nightlife

    They’re doing the most.

  • Chillyroad

    I’m going to play devils advocate. It’s one thing to have sex and another thing to show it on T.V. If toture is a necessary evil than you don’t need to glorify it on television.

  • Ask_ME

    At this point I’m like PHUCK THE HATERS. Scandal is that show.

    It’s not ABC, Shonda Rhimes or anyone outside of PARENTS responsibility to monitor what their kids watch.

  • KGA25

    They probably loved “All My Babies’ Mamas’.

  • victoria

    I, personally, turn away during violent scenes in movies and on tv. The older I get the less tolerant I am of such scenes. However, I do agree that children should be in bed by 10pm and that the shows they watch should be monitored by parents. Yes, tv is becoming more violent and sexualized; however, children should not view such things – it’s the parent’s responsibility to ensure this.

  • P

    Why would a child be watching this show anyway? I can’t see a 5 or a 9 year old being interested in this show. They’re into cartoons and Nickelodeon shows not a show about political scandals and such.

  • Kenzy

    i hate to say this as well but im really starting to think all of this scandal back lash all of a sudden is a slow set up to get it cancelled. I dont think “they” (they is whoever you want it to be i know who it is for me) thought a show with a black female lead would do so well in ratings & now folks are looking for anything to set it up to get cancelled. There was a HUGE disclaimer in the beginning that was just a flash disclaimer either, it stayed for a good 30 seconds (long time considering) during the first few seconds you could have turned it that wasnt your cup of tea & the fact that the united states government has actual used this tactics i guess doesnt matter. finally i seriously doubt it ws the 2nd highest rating of the season b/c of the torture scene it was the 2nd highest b/c it was the first episode back after a 2 week break when every fan & watcher of the show was on the edge of their seats b/c the president had been shot & we couldnt wait to tune in to find out if he was ok. i really like the show & i just hope all these anti scandal ppl dont win in getting it cancelled

  • dee

    Who’s letting their kids watch Scandal?

  • jamesfrmphilly

    you have sex with out a video?

  • ChillyRoad


    Naughty, naughty.

  • mEE

    I could barely get through the torture scenes because I hate watching any type of blood or violence. but are they seriously more angry at a FICTIONAL representation of torture than they are at the fact that this actually happened/happens/is happening in REAL LIFE?

  • dirtychai

    Newtown is going to be used as a scapegoat for everything now.

  • MommieDearest

    As one of the 8 women in the US who have yet to watch one episode of this show, and who doesn’t care to, I agree with this.

    Expect similar tactics if “Deception” takes off and starts doing very well.

  • MommieDearest

    I agrree, televsion is becoming more violent and sexualized. While I can monitor what shows my child watches, it’s hard to screen commercials. We can be watching the news or a cooking show in the early evening or middle of the day, and they will air a commercial with over-the-top sexual content. Or they will air a movie trailer with violent and sexual content. It’s like people are de-sensitized to it. Pretty soon you will be able to see the same graphic content on network television that you see on cable and in the movies.

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  • binks

    I don’t watch Scandal mainly because it isn’t my usual type of programming but I agree, don’t shoot me but I can’t picture Scandal lasting for the long haul though. Hate it or love it but to many people are “protesting too much” in its favor or against it. Scandal was a major game changer and a lot of people are uncomfortable with it or the idea of it for numerous that is their own. Personally, I do think TV can get pretty violent even with shows that is already marketed as edgy hell I still remember the scene from Tru Blood when Lilith peeled Godric’s neck off and the viewer could see the inside…VERY WTF and my personal favorite show the Walking Dead that is all type of blood and gore! So if this organization wants to attack violence on TV then they should attack nearly ALL shows (both fiction and nonfiction) and ALL networks not just Scandal and ABC. Furthermore, before we can change what images we see on TV or the music that is put out we have to change our culture and society, we don’t like to admit it but our society is VERY blood thirsty and violence driven and that problem was HERE long before Scandal aired. But I’ am very curious to see this show’s staying power

  • Bait debate

    Hmm! The portrayal of America as an evil doer reminds us what white supremacy and its sell out castes fear most . . .

    having their evil doing exposed before the whole world in a way that threatens to rile up the global field “slave” population to rid ourselves of the blood sucking parasites once and for all.

    and here I was thinking that scandal was propaganda to appease the whore branch of the sell out caste.


  • Plum

    why is your child up and watching tv at 10 pm on a Thursday? That’s grown folks time. Put that rugrat to bed.

  • mikey kun

    I was thinking the same thing

  • Lady Ngo

    My thoughts exactly. And even if the child isn’t in bed, they definitely have no business watching a show like Scandal.

  • Renee Martin

    Right so the U.S. military can engage in waterboarding with right wing political pundits declaring it’s not that bad but when it airs on television it’s over the top. People should see it for the horror of what it is because waterboarding was done in the name of their freedom.

  • Lisss

    @ Ann G I also do not want to play the devil’s advocate but, in all fairness, the PTC complains about violence and sex scenes on TV on EVERY show. Maybe Clutch is only highlighting Scandal but they are against violence on TV. Period. Heck, they even complained about the Walking Dead, where zombies are killed!

  • Treece

    Lol, this goes on my list of possibly one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard….#1 What the hell is a child doing awake and watching Scandal for in the first place? #2 Torture tactics like waterboarding are used ALL the time in REAL LIFE! Why don’t they complain about that….#3 The Newtown Conn. incident is more about gun violence and mentally disturbed people having access to guns, not torture of suspected terrorists or assassins. Get your political issue of the moment straight….#4 Why pick on Scandal? There have been plenty of other tv shows that have aired since December that featured people being killed (by gun violence mind you) and I never heard a peep from a PTC. Now they are “sickened” by how quickly the entertainment industry has moved on? Get the f**k outtahere….there were violent tv shows that came on the NEXT DAY after the shooting happened. Yet these are the same yahoos that are complaining about tightening up laws regarding gun ownership and assault weapons. No don’t take away THIER gun, but take violence off of thier tv programming b/c they don’t want the kiddies to see what the US really does to human beings in real life….smh

  • JaroG4 (@JaroG4)

    The answer to this article’s question is simply, no.
    Scandal is shown at 10PM on the ABC Network in the United States which makes it able to portray a lot of the content, subject matter and use a lot of the language that it does given its time slot. In My Opinion the PTC should perhaps monitor more closely what their children watch and leave this one alone. Also, picking on Scandal would only lead to a slew of other network TV shows open to judgement as well.

  • TexasT

    Excuse me: #1 I pay my cable bill like everyone else and therefore, I have the choice, because I pay to choose to watch SCANDAL. #2 If I had any rugrats below the age of 12, they would either be in bed or on their way to bed by 9. #3 This isn’t the first time something like this has happened and if people would have thought about it a long time ago, we could have prevented it from happening again. #4 Don’t blame TV for poor parenting. Learn to say ‘NO’ to your children, learn what discipline and stop trying to discipline the country because you wanna let your ‘RUGRATS’ have their way and they talking back. Get somewhere and sit down and stop trying to run my TV.

  • Catpopstar

    Is this really the worst the PTC could target? Super Jail is far worse and its animated (with pretty bright colors) so kids are more likely to watch it.

  • Lindsay

    *blink* *blink* … 10.. pm… and the show should cater to children? uh huh.

    all I know is they better FALL BACK from my beloved Scandal! Grown folks are watchin! lol

  • Chelley5483

    Exactly Jess. Who’s kids are just walking around will nilly watching Scandal at 10 ON A SCHOOL NIGHT!! GTFOOH kids NIGHTY NIGHT!

    MommieDearest I totally agree about the commercials. How are we watching a family movie one minute and then the commercial of two grown adults dry humping the next?!?! It pisses me off beyond reason.


    I don’t think there’s nothing wrong with Scandal, and I think it’s one of the best shows on primetime right now. I never miss an episode and it’s my choice to watch what’s on TV whether it’s too scandalous or not. I get Scandal and my other shows recorded using my PrimeTime Anytime feature since I work during that time. I upgraded to the DISH Hopper DVR so I can enable the PrimeTime Anytime feature to record all four major networks every night. This has been my favorite feature from my employer DISH to get an amazing TV experience. This only takes up one TV, and it’s one of my favorite features.

  • Lillian

    This show is great and it is a real crack me up. If you think for one minute people are not as scandalous as this show makes them out to be go to the ID channel check out Who the bleep did I marry?, Behind Mansion Walls, Fatal Vows, Deadly Women, Nightmare Next door, Southern Fried Homicide, Fatal encounters and need I go on. Scandal is light weight in terms of what humans are doing to each other in real life every single day. This is a break from the real melodrama on DISID, Get a week full of the real stuff on ID, then see if you call this too scandalous for TV, please.

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