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If you’ve had the privilege of tuning in for last week’s episode of Scandal, you probably witnessed the somewhat graphic scenes of character Huck being water tortured and brutally beaten by what appear to be members of the CIA in relation to his possible involvement in the attempted assassination of the President. Many found the scenes to be a tad gruesome, but bearable. However, according to, The Parents Television Council has come out saying these scenes were not only inappropriate, but insensitive to Sandy Hook victims and in violation of the content-rating system.

“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 brutal nature of that scene, which was rated as appropriate for a 14-year-old child, refutes statements made by an industry claiming to be responsible and concerned about societal violence,” the organization released in a statement last Monday.

They went on to say that the scenes were insensitive to those who are still trying to cope with the Sandy Hook tragedy.

“It is sickening just how quickly the entertainment industry was able to move past the tragedy of Newtown and get back to business as usual,” expressed Tim Winter, PTC president.

Not only is the organization speaking out against the show, but they are calling on the Obama administration to get behind them in their efforts to provoke “real responsibility from those who produce and distribute violent media content as well as real reform of the failed TV ratings system.” ABC has declined to comment on the PTC’s statement.

While I agree that Scandal does not seem like a show that is appropriate for a 14-year-old, one would assume that a child that age would be in bed by the time the show comes on and possibly not even allowed by their parents to watch a show titled “Scandal”.

Do you agree with the Parents Television Council? Were the “Huck” scenes insensitive to Sandy Hook victims or are people simply protesting because they have an outlet to do so?

Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise 

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