Conservative group Parents Television Council (PTC) has called on the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board (PGMB) to change the current rating for AMC’s The Walking Dead TV series from TV-14 to TV-MA.
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The media watchdog claims that the show is rated “inaccurately” and inappropriately for young audiences. “Throughout its run, the AMC program The Walking Dead has featured some of the most graphic and brutally intense violence and gore imaginable,” PTC president Tim Winter said in a written statement while also pointing out the show’s use of profanity.
“The intensely violent has included depictions of the cleaving of human skulls with a machete, extreme gun violence including graphic depictions of blood and brains splattering after gunshot wounds, and the use of a sharpened human bone as a weapon to stab another character,” Winter continued.
A letter was also written by Winter to PGMB chairman Gordon Smith stating, “Clearly, this is content appropriate to an adult-only audience, but AMC has rated every single episode of The Walking Dead as suitable for a 14-year-old child.”
AMC has yet to release a response regarding PTC’s statement. Its zombie apocalypse series has just finished airing its mid-season finale on December 2 and is currently on a winter break. The series will resume on February 2013.
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