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.