August 20, 2009
Gay Mad Men Angers Conservative Group
By Julie Bolcer
A steamy gay encounter
between two characters on the AMC drama Mad Men
caused what appears to be the show's first complaint from the conservative Parents Television Council, reports Time
magazine TV critic James Poniewozik.
The PTC, an advocacy organization that monitors the entertainment industry, said that the season 3 premiere of Mad Men
on Sunday received a TV-14 rating when it should have been rated for mature audiences only. The first charge in their complaint cites a scene between closeted gay character Salvatore Romano, played by out actor Bryan Batt, and a bellhop.
According to the PTC’s complaint, “The basic cable episode contained a shot of a character’s hand going down into the underwear of another character for sexual stimulation, a half-naked woman whose hands covered her breasts just before insinuating that she had sex with another character, and a graphic scene with a prostitute that repeats several times, 'I’m gonna cut your dick off and boil it in hog fat.'”
The season 3 premiere achieved the highest ratings ever for Mad Men
, at 2.8 million viewers, an increase of one third over last season’s premiere.